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I'm Thunderstruck

I’m Thunderstruck Smashes Rivals At Flemington

I’m Thunderstruck bounced back from a third-placed finish at Caulfield on June 26 with a dominant four-length victory at Flemington ...
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Vincent Ho

Vincent Ho steels himself for Jerry Chau challenge

Hong Kong’s most successful Group 1 jockey in 2020/21, Vincent Ho is determined to add further lustre to an outstanding ...
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Australian jockey Ryan Wiggins

Wiggins hoping Hail Manhattan can get him another Rockhampton Cup

Australian jockey Ryan Wiggins will be looking to win consecutive Rockhampton Cups when he partners Peter & Will Hulbert’s Hail ...
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Rainbow Light

Jerry Chau closes in on Vincent Ho in Tony Cruz Award battle

Jerry Chau’s quest for the Tony Cruz Award, the prize for Hong Kong’s most successful homegrown jockey in 2020/21, intensified ...
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Godolphin star Avilius retired after 39 races

Godolphin star Avilius retired after 39 races

Triple Group 1 winner Avilius has been retired, with the seven-year-old gelding set to join Godolphin’s Lifetime Care program ...
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Mister Snowdon

Douglas Whyte’s precise planning pays off with Mister Snowdon

Accustomed to the stratospheric heights of Hong Kong racing as a 13-time champion jockey, Douglas Whyte savoured one of his ...
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Half Of Nothing
Trainer Wayne Hillis has been chasing the Pearl Series Bonus with his filly Half Of Nothing for the last three months, and they finally captured their prize at Avondale on Wednesday. The daughter of Redwood has contested four previous NZB Pearl Series Races, for three placings, and she finally broke through for her maiden win with a determined run over 1200m on a Heavy11 surface. After being tardily away from the gates, Half Of Nothing settled towards the rear of the field for jockey Erin Leighton. Turning for home she was 10 lengths off leader Perfectionist, but Leighton kept a ...
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Tofane
Triple Group One winner Tofane has plenty of options open to her this spring. Trainer Michael Moroney was initially planning to extend the daughter of Ocean Park over 1600m for the first time, but a A$2 million carrot is now being dangled in front of the Flemington trainer in the form of the newly announced The Invitation (1400m). The rich-spring feature, which is set to run at Randwick on October 23, could now be on the rising six-year-old’s spring agenda. “If you could wish a race for Tofane, you would say that is the right one. She is unbeaten at ...
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Tavis Court
Although New Plymouth Raceway is on Tavis Court’s backdoor-step, the seasoned Hawera galloper will have his first start at the Taranaki track this weekend. The five-year-old gelding will line-up in the Listed Powerworx Opunake Cup (1400m) on Saturday and trainer Anna Clement is hoping he performs well on what was rated a Heavy11 surface on Wednesday morning. “Tavis Court has actually never seen New Plymouth racecourse, so that is a little bit of a disadvantage for us, but we are there to try and win, so we will give it a go,” Clement said. “He doesn’t like it really heavy, ...
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Catalyst
Tony Pike is looking forward to spring racing with his new acquisition Catalyst. The rising five-year-old son of Darci Brahma won six of his 10 races for former trainer Clayton Chipperfield, five of which were at stakes level, including the Group 1 New Zealand 2000 Guineas (1600m). He hasn’t raced since pulling up lame in the Group 2 The Shorts (1100m) at Randwick in September, with owner Dick Karreman and his racing manager Rick Williams electing to take a cautious approach with his return. Catalyst joined Pike’s barn a couple of months ago and the Cambridge trainer has been pleased ...
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Sword Of State
Group One targets await stablemates Probabeel and Sword Of State in Australia later this year and they took their first serious steps this afternoon toward spring goals with trial outings on the all-weather track at Cambridge. Trainer Jamie Richards was well-represented during the day with crack mare Avantage also in action and she will be chasing elite level titles at home while Entriviere is likely to campaign in Sydney. Probabeel settled in a handy spot off the fence in her open 800m heat and she wasn’t pressured by rider Opie Bosson to hold her ground in the run home to ...
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Charred
Patience is paying off for Cambridge trainer Paul Mirabelli with his much-improved gelding Charred, and it may lead to a tilt at the Group 3 New Zealand Cup (3200m) in November. It took 39 starts for Charred to win his first race, in a maiden highweight at Tauranga on April 21. But there’s a solid chance it will be start 44, scheduled to be in the Rating 74 Avondale Sunday Markets (2100m) at Avondale on Wednesday, when he records his third. Following his highweight victory at Tauranga, Charred finished third in a 2600m Rating 65 contest at New Plymouth before ...
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The Cossack
The prospect of better ground in their own neighbourhood has seen leading jumps trainers Paul Nelson and Corrina McDougal direct three of their charges toward the rescheduled Wellington prestige jumps races on Thursday. With bad weather causing the abandonment of Trentham’s major winter raceday last Saturday, the Hydra-Cell Pumps Wellington Hurdle (3100m) and the Grant Plumbing Wellington Steeplechase (5500m) have been moved to Hastings. The only scheduled runner in these features at Trentham for Nelson and McDougal was No Tip in the hurdle. But with the shifting of the venue, they have entered The Cossack and No Change for the ...
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Tommyra
Talented jumper Tommyra will get the opportunity to try and secure his second feature jumps scalp at Hastings on Thursday when he tackles the Hydra-Cell Wellington Hurdle (3100m). The nine-year-old gelding won the Hawke’s Bay Hurdle (3100m) at the track earlier this month and gets his chance to repeat the dose in the Wellington Hurdle after it was transferred to Hastings’ Thursday meeting following Trentham’s abandonment last Saturday. Tommyra was initially set to make his steeplechase debut last weekend, with trainer Toby Autridge believing he would handle the better going of the figure-eight circuit at Trentham as opposed to the ...
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Kozzi Asano
Catching National Apprentice Jockey Premiership leader Hazel Schofer may be a bridge too far for Kozzi Asano, but he is going to give it a good crack over the next two weeks. The leading South Island apprentice currently trails his Taranaki-based adversary by 11 wins after he recorded a winning double at Ruakaka on Saturday, and he is intent on riding as much as he can to try and eke into Schofer’s lead. “I have still got five or six meetings to go before the season finishes, but it is probably too far to catch Hazel,” Asano said. “I’ll just ...
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Our Boy Ritchie
Riverton trainer Kelvin Tyler has a team of up to ten runners primed for the last South Island race meeting of the current season next weekend, as he and daughter Aimee try to capture the title of leading South Island-based trainer in 2020/21. The Tyler twosome are currently tied with the Riccarton-based Michael and Matthew Pitman stable on 56 wins for the season, with the Riverton-based Tylers keen to pip the Pitmans at the post. The Oamaru meeting on July 25 is the last opportunity for both stables to secure wins for this season, with Tyler taking the opportunity to ...
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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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