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Santini can put down Gold Cup marker on Cheltenham Trials Day

Santini is running in the Cotswold Chase this weekend en route to a potential run in the Cheltenham Gold Cup, ...
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Pimlico

Three Karaka Millions hopefuls for Campbell

Cambridge trainer Andrew Campbell will be chasing Karaka Million riches at Ellerslie on Saturday with three runners. “We have had ...
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Ziemba

Ziemba To Continue Family Tradition

Trainer Robert Heathcote has more than one reason to hope promising three-year-old Ziemba can win at the Sunshine Coast.Ziemba will ...
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Just Orm

Thornton’s Claim To Assist Just Orm

The booking of in-form apprentice Stephanie Thornton is expected to be the key to Just Orm breaking his open company ...
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River Racer

River Racer Set For Another Coastal Win

River Racer is unlikely to be regarded among Queensland's greatest mares but she will be remembered as one of the ...
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Opie Bosson

Bosson hungry for further Karaka Million success

Opie Bosson doesn't mind getting called greedy. Especially when it comes for his desire for further Karaka Million success. The ...
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Anthony Cummings
Buoyed by strong barrier trial performances from his stable stars, Anthony Cummings is optimistic two-year-old Fayerra can defy her odds and be competitive at Randwick.With the autumn carnival around the corner, Cummings ramped up preparations for Libertini, Vegadaze and Prince Fawaz on Thursday with all stepping out at a bumper Randwick trial session.Vegadaze and Libertini competed in the opening 900m heat won by Dreamforce, finishing third and sixth respectively.The trainer was rapt with the performances of both, with Vegadaze showing improved racing manners to settle in the run while Libertini travelled strongly on the bridle for Tommy Berry."Tommy thinks she ...
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Santini horse racing news
Santini is running in the Cotswold Chase this weekend en route to a potential run in the Cheltenham Gold Cup, while Paisley Park could meet If the Cap Fits in the Cleeve Hurdle ...
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Pimlico
Cambridge trainer Andrew Campbell will be chasing Karaka Million riches at Ellerslie on Saturday with three runners. “We have had a couple of bad years recently and we have just seemed to have got the team going well. I have got some good people around me and they are firing up nicely,” he said. Smart Missile gelding Trident will jump from barrier 13 in the Karaka Million 2YO (1200m) and while Campbell would have preferred a handier barrier he said the number has been lucky for him before. “It would be nice to get a better barrier, but I think ...
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Southern Lad
Southern Lad will be looking to continue trainer John O'Shea's outstanding mid-season form at Randwick, and notch a victory that has the potential to set him on a Group One path.O'Shea has trained 14 metropolitan winners this season, nine of them since January 1 including a treble on the Kensington track on New Years' Day and a double at Randwick two weeks ago.Southern Lad has formed part of the Randwick horseman's formidable summer team and O'Shea says his current resurgence has come on the back of patience."You've got to give horses time to develop and get the miles in their ...
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Ziemba
Trainer Robert Heathcote has more than one reason to hope promising three-year-old Ziemba can win at the Sunshine Coast.Ziemba will be joined by stablemates Stuttering and Mosshiki to give Heathcote a strong hand in Saturday's QTIS Three-Year-Old Handicap (1600m).Heathcote has been the form Brisbane trainer since the start of the new year with nine winners and he has high hopes for Ziemba.Ziemba is by Rothesay out of the Group Two winning mare Funtantes making him a three-quarter brother to Heathcote's top class three-year-old Guntantes.Funtantes is a daughter of wonderful producing broodmare Cantantes who is owned by Heathcote and his wife ...
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Miami Bound
Group One VRC Oaks winner Miami Bound will ramp up preparations towards her return when she contests a Flemington jump-out.The three-year-old filly played her part in a memorable Melbourne Cup carnival for trainer Danny O'Brien last spring, winning both the Group Two Wakeful Stakes and Group One VRC Oaks.O'Brien also won the Melbourne Cup with Vow And Declare.Miami Bound is scheduled to go around in a jump-out at Flemington on Friday in preparation for a return at Caulfield next month in the Group Two Autumn Classic on a path to Group One targets in Sydney."She's going super," O'Brien said."She's furnished ...
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Sir Elton
A belated change to the race program has resulted in promising sprinter Sir Elton facing an immediate test of his capabilities when he resumes at Randwick.Trainer Adam Duggan admitted he had to get his head around the alterations after the four-year-olds and upwards event was combined with a three-year-old race when acceptances were declared for Saturday's program.Sir Elton will now clash with stakes-winning three-year-old True Detective and promising Listed placegetter Pandemic, a stoush Duggan was initially hesitant about."I had to have a bit of a rethink about the race because they weren't in the race until acceptances came out," Duggan ...
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Just Orm
The booking of in-form apprentice Stephanie Thornton is expected to be the key to Just Orm breaking his open company duck at the Sunshine Coast.Thornton will claim 1.5kg on Just Orm bringing his weight down to 52.5kg in Saturday's Coastal BMW Open (1000m).It is arguably the most competitive race on the card but trainer Tony Gollan believes Thornton's claim gives Just Orm the opportunity to win in open company.Just Orm was considered good enough as a two-year-old to run in the Magic Millions Classic although he was unplaced.Four seasons later, the six-year-old gelding has won six races but has earned ...
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Ciaron Maher
The powerful Ciaron Maher Racing stable has already had a host of juvenile winners this season and Maher hopes the run continues as he targets the major racesMaher and his co-trainer David Eustace prepared filly Away Game to win the recent $2 million Magic Millions 2YO Classic at the Gold Coast while Golden Slipper favourite Cellsabeel is among the stable's 10 individual winners of 11 juvenile races this season.On Saturday at Caulfield the stable will be well-represented when the Blue Diamond series kicks off with the respective Previews.Debutant Stakes winner Tanker begins his Diamond campaign in Saturday's Listed Preview (1000m) ...
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River Racer
River Racer is unlikely to be regarded among Queensland's greatest mares but she will be remembered as one of the most honest to race in the state.River Racer needs only to finish in the placings in the Listed Sunshine Coast Cup (1400m) on Saturday to take her earnings past $800,000.It is a marvellous return for the owners of the mare who cost just $15,000 at the 2015 Magic Millions March Yearling Sale.Trainer Les Ross said there was a lot more to the River Racer story than just a mammoth return on an investment."What people don't realise is that she has ...
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Our website is always a work in progress as we find new frontiers for online betting. Anywhere a cup or trophy is up for grabs, you can be certain the odds-makers will be keen to frame a market and the punters won’t be far behind.

Global horse racing – From Flemington to Churchill Downs

With wall-to-wall sport on cable TV and online, you will never be short of a race on which to have a wager. Horse racing is beamed live from various tracks around the world almost every day of the year.

From the home of the Kentucky Derby Churchill Downs, to the running of the Melbourne Cup at Flemington on the first Tuesday of November, each year the team at RacingOnline.com will be on hand to give you advice and talk you through your punting experience.

With the growing global nature of horse racing Racing Online strives to give an unbiased view and ratings of horses as they cross oceans to tackle some of the biggest races in the world.

For instance as early as the late 1980s horses from afar began journeying to Victoria, Australia regularly to tackle the world famous Melbourne Cup. With it often the case in the modern years that more than half the field will be made up of international raiders.

The growing impact of the Asian horse racing scene has proven to be a hit with many horses from the UK, Australia, New Zealand and Europe opting to send talented types here for the big purses.

Great racing from around the globe

Australia: The racing Down Under has always revolved around Melbourne’s spring carnival, but since 2014 there has been a seismic shift from that line of thinking. Sydney has stepped up to the plate, consolidating many of its autumn carnival highlights into two days of racing known as The Championships. The Queen Elizabeth Stakes, with its enormous prizemoney, is seen as the challenger to the W.S. Cox Plate as the weight-for-age championship of Australasia. Then there are the ARC Derby and Oaks, Sydney Cup, Doncaster Mile, T.J. Smith Stakes and more. That’s eight Group 1 races at Royal Randwick, yet only time will tell if The Championships can challenge the attraction of the Melbourne spring. Highlights such as the Cox Plate, Caulfield Cup and the jewel in the crown, the Melbourne Cup Carnival at Flemington, make spring racing unmissable for expert and novice gamblers alike.

United Kingdom: There is nothing like the chaos of the Grand National at Aintree. A huge pack of steeplechasers tackling some 30 fences and four miles of gruelling action. The race generally becomes a survival of the fittest. Far more urbane is Britain’s Royal Ascot Carnival. There is plenty of pomp and pageantry with the Queen in attendance and top hat and tails in abundance, but this week-long festival also features some of the best racing you are likely to see. Elsewhere, the English Derby and Oaks rank among the most coveted races in Europe.

Dubai: The most powerful racing empire in the world is controlled from Dubai. Godolphin’s tentacles reach into nearly every racing jurisdiction and the quality of its horseflesh is incredible. The Dubai World Cup, run at the stunning Meydan track which opened in 2010, is the richest race in the world with $US10 million in prizemoney. The Dubai World Cup day meeting has total prizemoney of more than $US25 million.

France: The Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at Longchamps on the banks of the Seine is arguably the most sought-after race in Europe. The list of recent winners includes superstars such as Montjeu, Sea The Stars and Treve. The 2400m Arc is among the richest turf races in the world and is run over 2400 metres in early October. On the weekend of the race, seven Group 1 races are run at the track.

Hong Kong: This mecca of horse racing boasts only two tracks, but they have become home to some of the most competitive and strictly controlled racing on the planet. Not to mention the enormous turnover all races in Honkers attract. Happy Valley is a tight circuit set spectacularly amid skyscrapers in the centre of the action. Sha Tin is a more traditional racetrack well away from the city centre which attracts enormous crowds and even bigger plaudits for its International Race Day, featuring Group 1 races the Hong Kong Cup, HK Mile, HK Vase and HK International Sprint. Many of the best jockeys and trainers in the world have set up shop in Hong Kong.

Japan: An emerging powerhouse in the thoroughbred ranks, with its locally trained horses winning regularly all around the world. The Japan Cup, a 2400-metre weight-for-age test at Tokyo Racecourse on the last Sunday in November, is the jewel in the crown of Japanese racing. It is the second-richest turf event in the world.

North America: The United States has the fabulous Breeders’ Cup Championships Series, a two-day extravaganza of Grade 1 races boasting extraordinary prizemoney and attracting superstar thoroughbreds, riders and trainers from home and abroad. It is held at a different venue each year. In 2015 it was at Keeneland, in 2016 at Santa Anita, in 2017 at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club in California while in 2018 it will be held at Churchill Downs. But for its sheer magnetism of the masses, the Kentucky Derby is near-impossible to beat. It has been on our bucket list since reading the memorable essay of Hunter S. Thompson’s trip to the 1970 Derby which appeared in Scanlan’s Monthly. Of course, the Kentucky Derby is just the first leg of the holy grail of American racing, the Triple Crown, which also includes the Preakness Stakes and the Belmont Stakes in New York.

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The Sport of Kings holds a special place in our hearts. There’s nothing like the grand spectacle of the biggest races played out in front of enormous crowds on the greatest racecourses on the planet. Flemington, Sha Tin, Meydan, Churchill Downs, the pomp and pageantry of Royal Ascot and so on.

At RacingOnline.com we will do the legwork and chase up the background information on the biggest and best races and race-days around, and how to bet on them with the best chances of getting a good return.

With advancements in technology, there are no impediments to sitting back on your lounge in Bristol and backing one of the string of European stayers tackling Australia’s Cox Plate or Melbourne Cup. Or sitting in a pub in Brisbane and having a trifecta on the Hong Kong Cup from Sha Tin.

The gambling world has become ever more connected and with so many options it can seem a minefield. We will attempt to take the mystery out of it. The bookmakers we recommend are all among the best and most reliable. When you win, you want to get paid, and our favoured operators have passed the test of time.

Mobile sports betting apps

The statistic prove betting on racing is happening more and more on smartphones and tablets. All of the bookmakers and racebooks we promote have mobile apps and websites available for punters, with the bet options available equal to those you would find on the bookmakers desktop versions.

One area you may find slightly different to the desktop bookmakers websites is the deposits or banking, where you might find there are less payment methods. Despite this you will still find plenty of options, depending on where you are betting from.

Most countries like Australia and England have regulated sports betting industries, meaning we can download apps from electronic shops like the Apple App Store and the Android powered Google Play store. If you are in the USA, China or another country with strict gambling laws you may not be able to download a ‘market app’, rather you will have to use the bookies’ mobile sites.

Generally a bookmakers mobile site will look and function exactly the same as the app – but may be missing features like live streaming or some odds feed features. Overall though mobile betting is becoming more and more popular meaning the services are improving quickly. Racing Online will review the best apps

Freebets and bonuses at online betting sites

There is great value to be found in signing up at multiple online bookmakers, or if you are a once in a blue moon punter you can increase your outlay by signing up at a new bookmaker. Wherever you are in the world, there is a very strong chance there is betting sites offering “welcome packages” or “sign-up bonuses” to people in your jurisdiction.

While the traditional freebets offer where the bookie just gives cash to do as you wish with is pretty much dead, when you sign-up at a betting site and make your first deposit often the bookie will match this outlay. Giving you twice the money to bet with. For instance you might deposit USD $1000 and the the bookie has promised to match your first deposit 100% up to $750. This means you would have $1750 ($1000 initial outlay + 750 bonus) to bet with.

With the bonus amount you are gifted there is usually restrictions placed on it, meaning you have to wager the amount before you can withdraw it.

How to find the best sites to bet on horse racing

There are some key criteria RacongOnline.com uses to judge a racing betting site. Here are some of the things we deem to be of the utmost importance.

Sign-up bonuses: If you are ready to test your judgment with cash bets, be alert for the best deals available. Many of our recommended betting operators offer to match your initial deposits up to substantial amounts with bonus bets. Some of these deals are not available to all customers, as they are not allowed in certain states and territories.

Superior licensing: All our preferred wagering groups must meet stringent criteria and be registered in a trustworthy jurisdiction. They must also meet tough banking standards, with many offering the same sort of online security for your details that you would expect from a major bank. We always endorse betting at a site registered in your jurisdiction.

Competitive odds: It often pays to have accounts with several different bookies. This will allow you to shop around for the best prices and also to take advantage of any special offers. A few cents difference in price here and there may not seem much, but it can make all the difference when you tally it up at the end of the week/month/year. It could mean the difference between winning and losing over the long haul.

Mobile adaptability: With the fast-paced nature of life we believe it’s important a betting company has good mobile products. The sites we endorse at the very least have a fully functioning mobile website, while most have shiny state of the art apps.

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