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Two standout selections for Cheltenham Festival handicaps

The weights for this year's Cheltenham Festival handicaps have been announced and one of the standout bets is La Bague ...
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Riders Onthe Storm horse racing news

Riders Onthe Storm earns rave reviews at Cheltenham preview

Riders Onthe Storm was the buzz horse at the Cheltenham Festival preview in a bar in the UK city of ...
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Cheltenham horse racing news

Bookies facing big losses on Cheltenham Festival betting

It’s less than two weeks before the biggest betting meeting of the season and oddsmakers are building up some significant ...
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Solo horse racing news

Solo all the rage for Triumph Hurdle at Cheltenham Festival

Last Saturday’s renewal of the Adonis Hurdle at Kempton has thrown up the new favourite for the championship race for ...
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Willie Mullins

Mullins strong-handed as ever for Cheltenham Festival

In only five of the last 25 years has Willie Mullins failed to train at least one winner at the ...
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Commanche Red

Commanche Red Is The Saturday Kempton Banker

There are two valuable races on the All-Weather at Lingfield on Saturday including the Winter Derby. However, the most significant ...
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Lady Buttons horse racing news
The weights for this year's Cheltenham Festival handicaps have been announced and one of the standout bets is La Bague Au Roi at 25/1 to win the Plate Handicap Chase. We also like Lady Buttons at 16/1 in the Grand Annual Chase ...
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Winx And Black Caviar Feature In Museum
Champions Winx and Black Caviar feature prominently in the expanded horse racing section of the revamped Australian Sports Museum.The museum at the Melbourne Cricket Ground re-opens on Saturday after undergoing a $17 million refurbishment in the past six months.The ASM houses historic items from a range of sporting codes including football, cricket, cycling, athletics, swimming and horse racing.The silks worn by Hugh Bowman in Winx's fourth Cox Plate in 2018, along with his saddle, riding boots and bridle, are all on display.Black Caviar's trip to England in 2012 is featured with video footage of her Royal Ascot win, along with ...
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Probabeel Out To Spoil The Fun In Surround
New Zealand filly Probabeel returns to the scene of her best Australian performance with a sense of unfinished business when she tackles the Group One Surround Stakes at Randwick.The three-year-old is arguably unlucky not to have snared the Tea Rose Stakes over Saturday's 1400-metre course in the spring when she was momentarily held up for a run and charged late to fail by a nose to overhaul Funstar.She was unsuited by a wet track next time out in the Flight Stakes when Funstar had her measure but back on a firm surface on Saturday, Probabeel gets an ideal opportunity to ...
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Maloney Not Treating Guineas As Match Race
Alligator Blood's jockey Ryan Maloney is not approaching the Australian Guineas as a two-horse race between his horse and Catalyst.While the recent C S Hayes Stakes developed into a match race between Queensland star Alligator Blood and New Zealander Catalyst, Maloney has a healthy respect for their rivals.Alligator Blood and Maloney are striving for their first Group One wins in Saturday's Australian Guineas (1600m) at Flemington after coming agonisingly close in the Caulfield Guineas last spring when chased down by Super Seth.Catalyst has already ticked the Group One box in the NZ 2000 Guineas but came off second-best in to ...
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Prague Up To Scratch For Skyline Test
The Golden Slipper remains on the radar for deposed favourite Cellsabeel who has recovered from a lameness issue suffered during her shock last-start defeat.As stablemate Prague prepares to maintain his undefeated record in Saturday's Skyline Stakes (1200m) at Randwick, Cellsabeel is being readied for a possible tilt at the Reisling Stakes (1200m) seven days later.Annabel Neasham, who runs the Sydney stable of Ciaron Maher and David Eustace, says Cellsabeel is back to full health and appears to have bounced back from her unplaced Silver Slipper run when she pulled up lame."She's super. She is completely back to her normal self ...
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New Universe To Reach The Heights In Cup
New Universe has not reached the heights predicted early in his career but looks to have a genuine chance to win a black-type race at Doomben.The Chris Waller-trained New Universe is among the favourites for the Listed Tattersall's Members Cup (1600m) at Doomben on Saturday.The gelding beat many of his rivals when he won at Eagle Farm two weeks ago.He has now won races in New Zealand, Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.Bigger things were expected of New Universe when he won his first two races in New Zealand and was sent to Australia where he won his next two starts.He has ...
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Randwick Guineas Next For Super Seth
Caulfield Guineas winner Super Seth will head to Sydney for the Randwick Guineas but could still run in the All-Star Mile a week later.The Anthony Freedman-trained Super Seth was among the top 10 horses voted in by the public to the $5 million All-Star Mile (1600m) at Caulfield on March 14.The three-year-old colt was narrowly beaten in last Saturday's Group One Futurity Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield by Streets Of Avalon and Freedman Racing confirmed Randwick Guineas plans on Friday.The Group One Randwick Guineas is on Saturday week, seven days before the All-Star Mile."Super Seth will head to Sydney for next ...
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Bowman-Godolphin Combo Chase More Features
Hugh Bowman has been dynamic for Godolphin and the combination is set for more carnival glory with two live Group One chances at Randwick.Bowman links with proven weight-for-age campaigner Avilius in Saturday's Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m) and top filly Flit in the Surround Stakes (1400m).Two weeks ago Bowman and James Cummings teamed up for a feature race double at Randwick with Alizee in the Apollo Stakes and Flit in the Light Fingers and the champion jockey is rapt to again link with the in-form team."Godolphin, I've had some luck for them but the stable is just on fire," Bowman said.Bowman ...
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Homesman On Song For First-Up Assignment
Melbourne jockey Ben Melham knows the strengths and weaknesses of Homesman who makes his return in the Chipping Norton Stakes at Randwick.Owned by a consortium including Lloyd and Nick Williams, Homesman runs for the first time in Saturday's 1600m-Group One race for Anthony Freedman.Now trained at Pinecliff on the Mornington Peninsula, Homesman was previously trained at Lloyd Williams' private complex at Mount Macedon.That property is on the market with the Williams-owned horses finding new homes with Freedman and Danny O'Brien who both have training facilities away from the main centres.Homesman has not raced since running 11th to Lys Gracieux in ...
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Sargent'S Gem Out To Upset More 3yos
A week after producing a Hobartville Stakes upset with Brandenburg, John Sargent will look for a repeat with promising fillies Emeralds and Aspect Ratio in the Group One Surround Stakes.Brandenburg started double-figure odds when he claimed the scalps of several high-class three-year-olds in the Group Two Hobartville, including Microphone and Castelvecchio.Both Emeralds and Aspect Ratio will also be outsiders at Randwick on Saturday against a quality field of fillies led by Funstar, Flit, Lyre, Kiamichi and New Zealand raider Probabeel.While Sargent is realistic about the chances of pulling off boilover results on successive weekends, he has not ruled serving up ...
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Our writers all have extensive knowledge of all codes of racing and betting. More importantly, they all have a passion for what they are writing about and a desire to get an edge on the bookmakers. So they will endeavour to steer you in the right direction when it comes to assessing where the value lies in wagering markets.

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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