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Big pointers for Grand National at Aintree on Saturday

The Aintree meeting on Saturday produced some pointers for the Grand National, and the horses to focus on are Native ...
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Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges

Hong Kong delivers world class sport as international raiders sparkle

The LONGINES Hong Kong International Races delivered fantastic sporting action at Sha Tin Racecourse yesterday (Sunday, 8 December) with Japan ...
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Maximum Security

Maximum Security Smokes Them In Cigar Mile

Maximum Security has ended a tumultuous season with a decisive victory in the Grade One Cigar Mile at Aqueduct in ...
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Win Bright

Win Bright completes spring autumn double to complete joyous treble for Japan

Win Bright produced a performance hallmarked with toughness to go with his considerable class to complete the Group 1 double ...
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Admire Mars

Plenty to Admire for Soumillon in poignant Hong Kong Mile

Admire Mars and an inspired Christophe Soumillon came to the fore in what was an emotional occasion for the Japanese ...
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Beat The Clock

Beat The Clock’s emotional Hong Kong Sprint win

Trainer John Size and jockey Joao Moreira spoke of vindication and feeling humbled in an unusually emotion-charged response to their ...
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Robbie Laing
Robbie Laing says he now has his financial affairs in order ahead of a bid to get his trainer's licence restored.A multiple Group One-winning trainer, Laing says that could be as early as next week when the Racing Victoria Board meets and he hopes his application is considered and given the green light.The Cranbourne-based horseman had his licence knocked back late last month after striking financial troubles.He said he had used the time off to have a short break ahead of hopefully getting back to doing what he knows best, training racehorses.Fellow Cranbourne trainer Tony Logan has permission to use ...
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Jim Byrne
Queensland's Jim Byrne and Matt McGillivray will have a special incentive to win the Origin Jockey Series in Brisbane.The series will be run over five heats at Doomben and Eagle Farm on Friday and Saturday respectively in conjunction with stakes racing on both days.The Origin series is in its fifth year but Queensland is yet to win it despite having the home ground advantage, a fact which has not gone unnoticed among interstate jockeys.New Zealand, NSW and Western Australia (joint winners), Victoria and Tasmania have each won the series."It is time we delivered and you can be sure we will ...
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Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges
The LONGINES Hong Kong International Races delivered fantastic sporting action at Sha Tin Racecourse yesterday (Sunday, 8 December) with Japan carrying off three of the four Group 1 features against the home team’s one. Win Bright fought off Ireland’s game filly Magic Wand in a thrilling LONGINES Hong Kong Cup to cap the event, which began with Glory Vase storming away with the LONGINES Hong Kong Vase, and continued with emotional wins for the local champion Beat The Clock in the LONGINES Hong Kong Sprint and Admire Mars in the LONGINES Hong Kong Mile. Mr. Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges, the Hong Kong ...
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Beat The Clock
New Zealand Bloodstock Sales graduate Beat The Clock recorded his third win at elite level when taking out the Group 1 Hong Kong Sprint (1200m) at Sha Tin on Sunday. The son of Hinchinbrook was purchased out of Prima Park’s 2015 New Zealand Bloodstock Ready To Run Sale of 2YOs draft for $200,000 and with the win he has taken his stake earnings past the HK$46 million (NZ$9 million) mark. Trainer John Size and jockey Joao Moreira spoke of vindication and feeling humbled in an unusually emotion-charged response to their win with Hong Kong’s most consistent sprinter. Moreira declared he ...
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Vlad Duric Lands A Third Singapore Title
Ex-patriate Australian Vlad Duric has won a third-straight Singapore jockeys' premiership while also enjoying his most successful year.The Singapore season wound up on Sunday with Duric landing four winners, giving him 88 victories for the year, bettering his previous best of 83 in 2017.He finished with 73 winners last season."It's been a wonderful year," Duric told the Singapore Turf Club."I surpassed my previous best and I'm really pleased about that, but I wouldn't have done that without all the support."My wife and my kids have been wonderful to me and I'm also very lucky that I get a wide range ...
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Michael Dee
Melbourne-based Michael Dee is returning home to New Zealand for Christmas and is set to ride in feature races at Ellerslie during the holiday period.Dee owns a farm in New Zealand with his parents Richard and Jo and will extend his stay to the new year to ride three-year-old Kali in the Group One Railway Stakes (1200m) for trainer Tony Pike."I've been home for Christmas for the last few years and rode at Ellerslie on Boxing Day two years ago, but had the week off last year," Dee told NZ Racing Desk."This time I'll fly over on the 24th, have ...
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Coco Baci
Promising three-year-old Coco Baci will step up in class and distance for her next assignment after clearing maiden company in fine style at Ellerslie on Saturday. The Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman-trained Savabeel filly came with a dogged late run to score over 1600m in the first race on the card, winning in a manner that suggests a middle-distance contest will hold no fears for her. Baker was confident of a good run from his charge after she had finished a luckless fourth on debut over 1400m at Te Rapa last month. “I think she is a pretty promising type ...
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Savy Yong Blonk
Victories by promising four-year-olds Prise De Fer and Savy Yong Blonk at Ellerslie on Saturday capped a strong week for Matamata trainer Jamie Richards and the Te Akau Racing team. The winning double provided trainer Richards with six wins over the past seven days and moved him to the top of the National Trainer’s Premiership with 44 wins for the season. Prise De Fer notched a winning hat-trick in the Dunstan Feeds Championship Qualifier (1500m) with Richards in two minds as whether to line him up in the series final at Ellerslie on Boxing Day or wait a further six ...
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Maximum Security
Maximum Security has ended a tumultuous season with a decisive victory in the Grade One Cigar Mile at Aqueduct in New York.Earlier this year the colt became the first horse to be disqualified for interference in the 145-year history of the Kentucky Derby.That was one of only two defeats in an otherwise exceptional campaign.The three-year-old trained by Jason Servis and owned by Gary and Mary West won six races from eight starts including the Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park and the Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park.In the Cigar Mile, Maximum Security started well under Luis Saez to grab the early ...
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Japan Dominates Hong Kong International Day
Japanese horses have dominated the Hong Kong International meeting at Sha Tin winning three of the four Group One races.Glory Vase took out Sunday's Hong Kong Vase (2400m), Admire Mars the Hong Kong Mile and Win Bright the Hong Kong Cup (2000m).The John Size-trained local Beat The Clock claimed the Hong Kong Sprint (1200m) in which the raging favourite Aethero could only manage third.The Japanese success comes shortly after wins in Australia by Mer De Glace in the Caulfield Cup and Lys Gracieux in the Cox Plate.The Sprint was run without Australian Group One-winning mare In Her time who was ...
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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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