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Kingsford Smith Cup a stepping stone for Think About It

Kingsford Smith Cup a stepping stone for Think About It

Think About It will get his first chance at Group 1 level, and at Eagle Farm, in the A$1 million ...
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Special Swey, Kovalica set for Queensland Derby showdown

Special Swey, Kovalica set for Queensland Derby showdown

Special Swey is ready to prove how special he is when he lines up in the A$1 million Queensland Derby ...
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Fireburn breaks drought winning Group 2 The Roses

Fireburn breaks drought winning Group 2 The Roses

She hasn’t seen the winner’s enclosure since the 2022 Group 1 ATC Sires Produce, but Fireburn ($3.70) has finally chalked ...
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Royal Merchant claims Group 1 glory in Goodwood

Royal Merchant claims Group 1 glory in Goodwood

It was the two girls down the bottom of the page that fought out the finish in this year’s edition ...
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Surf Dancer causes major upset in Group 3 BRC Sprint

Surf Dancer causes major upset in Group 3 BRC Sprint

The ‘win and you’re in’ race for the Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap has been taken out by a horse without ...
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Huetor captures back-to-back wins in Group 1 Doomben Cup

Huetor captures back-to-back wins in Group 1 Doomben Cup

The 2023 edition of the Group 1 Doomben Cup hasn’t disappointed with Huetor ($11) getting the nod in a grandstand ...
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Special Swey, Kovalica set for Queensland Derby showdown
Special Swey is ready to prove how special he is when he lines up in the A$1 million Queensland Derby this Saturday at Eagle Farm ...
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Shum confident ahead of Group 1 Standard Chartered Champions & Chater Cup
Danny Shum is optimistic Romantic Warrior can enhance an already spectacular career in the $12 million Group 1 Standard Chartered Champions & Chater Cup (2400m) at Sha Tin on Sunday despite queries over the brilliant stayer’s ability to cope with the extended trip. With 10 wins and two second placings from 13 starts and $81,725,400 in prizemoney, Romantic Warrior will step to 2400m for the first time against a potential line-up featuring fellow Group 1 winners Russian Emperor and Panfield as well as rising star Straight Arron, Senor Toba, Money Catcher, Columbus County, Five G Patch and Natural Storm. “He’s ...
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Dee kicks off Hong Kong contract with three at Happy Valley
Michael Dee will commence his short-term riding stint in Hong Kong with three mounts at Happy Valley on Wednesday night. Starry Night, Lean Hero and Sight Hero are Dee’s first rides in the city – all for trainer David Hayes – and come fresh following his Group 1 success on Saturday (20 May) at Morphettville in Adelaide, Australia aboard Royal Merchant in the Group 1 The Goodwood (1200m). Hailing from a racing tradition in New Zealand, Dee is the son of a former trainer. He’s ridden over 700 winners and has Group 1 victories in the Caulfield Cup, Victoria Derby, ...
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Elliot amped for Brisbane feature
Ryan Elliot concedes he’s a mix of excitement and nerves ahead of his first foray into Australian racing this weekend but he says he’s determined to justify the faith placed in him. The nine-time Group One-winning jockey will partner the Graeme and Debbie Rogerson-trained Solidify in the $1 million Group 2 BRC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) at Eagle Farm. Elliot has ridden the Redwood gelding in all three of his starts for a third placing on debut and wins in his last two starts, culminating in success in the Listed Waikato Equine Veterinary Centre Stakes (1200m) at Te Rapa earlier ...
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Group One target awaits Dragon Leap
Matamata trainers Lance O’Sullivan and Andrew Scott were delighted with the efforts of their quality galloper Dragon Leap to finish runner-up in Saturday’s Group 3 BRC Sprint (1350m) where the gelding was narrowly beaten by Surf Dancer. It was a good performance from the multiple Group Two winner, who started from barrier 15. Connections are now hoping to gain a start in the $3 million Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap (1400m) on June 10 at Eagle Farm, where Dragon Leap is currently 45th in order of entry. “All going well if he gets in the Stradbroke, that's where he’ll go,” O’Sullivan ...
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Cheval D’Or on track for Queensland Oaks
Cambridge trained filly Cheval D’Or tuned up for a tilt at the Group 1 Queensland Oaks (2200m) at Eagle Farm with an exhibition gallop between races at Te Rapa on Saturday on a heavy track. Prepared by Tony Pike, the daughter of Almanzor was a last start winner of the Group 3 Championship Stakes (2100m) at Pukekohe last month and it will be six weeks between runs when she contests Saturday week’s Oaks. “It was really just a day out to get away from home and give her a gallop, obviously not in ideal conditions,” Pike said. “She did enough ...
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Trainer endures frustrating day at Rosehill
Guy Lowry had high hopes for both of his runners in their Australian debuts at Rosehill only to be left with a double dose of frustration. The Hastings trainer was represented by Wewillrock and Herself on Saturday and while the duo performed with credit, there was a feeling of what could have been. The former finished runner-up after making the pace in his Benchmark 78 contest over 1200m while Herself suffered an interrupted passage before running sixth in a similar grade over 2400m. Talented El Roca four-year-old Wewillrock had won his previous outing with authority on his home track at ...
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Pinn signs off with Awapuni four-timer
A four-win bag at Awapuni on Saturday has provided a confident platform for talented apprentice jockey Wiremu Pinn to launch the next chapter in his burgeoning career. Having spent the latest phase of his indentures in Matamata with Daniel Miller, on Monday the 24-year-old will head to Melbourne and continue his apprenticeship with Cranbourne trainer Michael Kent senior. With a tally of 171 wins since first showing his ability in the saddle in 2018, Pinn has long outridden his claim in New Zealand, however under Australian racing rules he is still eligible for a three-kilogram claim in metropolitan races. “I ...
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Emotional Parkes surpasses 1000 wins
An emotion-charged Johnathan Parkes notched a significant milestone at Awapuni on Saturday with four wins to his name including the day’s feature, the Listed Rangitikei Cup (1550m) aboard venerable winter galloper Justaskme. It was a day to savour for Parkes, who began the race meeting with 998 career wins, and he wasted little time in setting out after his long-stated goal of 1000 career wins. Parkes resumed riding last month after a six-month break from racing after becoming stale from wasting, and has returned more driven than ever. The outstanding Central Districts jockey produced a perfect on-speed ride as Papa ...
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Parkes caps red-letter day aboard Justaskme
Leading Central Districts rider Johnathan Parkes capped a magnificent day at the office when he rode four winners at Awapuni, including the main event on the card, the Listed Rangitikei Cup (1550m) aboard Justaskme. After taking the first race aboard the Mike Breslin-trained Papa Surf, Parkes brought up career win number 1000 when taking race two on the Mark Walker-trained Fellini. Parkes wasn’t finished there, winning race six on the Peter Didham-prepared Fabian Hawk but saved his best for the Listed feature as he guided the Allan Sharrock-trained Justaskme to a hollow victory. Sharrock had exuded some pre-race confidence after ...
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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 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 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 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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