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Wind N Grass

Zac Purton dominates Happy Valley with a superb five-timer

The deficit remains confronting, but Zac Purton breathed life into flickering hopes of a successful jockeys’ championship defence with a ...
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Savaquin

Savaquin on Hong Kong Derby trial at Happy Valley

Already armed with an imposing Hong Kong Derby arsenal, John Size could add to an impressive fleet of Classic contenders ...
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Paul Wilcox

Derby Day call to be made Friday

Racing Administrators remain hopeful that Ellerslie will be the venue for this year’s Group 1 Vodafone New Zealand Derby (2400m), ...
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Silver Express

Silver Express emerges as Hong Kong Derby hope

Joao Moreira insists Silver Express warrants a tilt at the BMW Hong Kong Derby (2000m) next month after the grey ...
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Charity Fun

Charity Fun to test Hong Kong Derby credentials at Sha Tin

Karis Teetan is optimistic lightly-raced Charity Fun can advance potential BMW Hong Kong Derby (2000m) hopes with victory in the ...
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Ruan Maia

Hong Kong dream for Ruan Maia who joins Moreira and Borges

Brazilian jockeys have made waves in Hong Kong in recent years and Ruan Maia is looking forward to rising to ...
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Personal
Lindsay Park co-trainer Ben Hayes is hoping that the class of Personal will see her rise to the top in the Group 2 TAB Kewney Stakes and in turn set her up for a Sydney campaign. After a first-up second in The Vanity (1400m) at Flemington on February 13, Personal heads back to Flemington for Saturday's Kewney Stakes (1600m) in preparation for two Group 1 targets in Sydney. Hayes, who trains the filly in partnership with Tom Dabernig, has brushed aside any thoughts the filly may be too dour for Saturday's assignment. "That is probably the question mark, but she ...
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Samadoubt
There was a time when trainer Bjorn Baker feared Samadoubt's racing career might be over but the gallant gelding has fought his way back to fitness and into the Group One arena. The seven-year-old will line up in the Canterbury Stakes (1300m) at Randwick on Saturday, his first start since suffering a tendon injury following his fourth to Happy Clapper in the 2019 Craven Plate. It has been a long road back and Baker is thrilled the horse has come this far. "It's good to see him back. He's in great order, he's had a couple of jump outs and ...
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Paulele
Godolphin trainer James Cummings knows what it takes to win the VRC Sires' Produce Stakes and will have three representatives in the Group 2 race over 1400m at Flemington. Cummings won with La Tene in 2019 and has Alegron, Micro and Paulele lining-up on Saturday, with each bringing a different quality to the table. Paulele is the highest-rated of the trio. He was successful at his first two starts before Christmas and resumed in the Silver Slipper at Rosehill a fortnight ago, finishing sixth to Home Affairs. Damien Oliver, who last won the race on Incumbent in 2007, takes the ...
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Bivouac
The two best sprinters in the country will be in action at Randwick on Saturday, albeit in different races. Nature Strip and Bivouac clashed first up in the Black Caviar Lightning in Melbourne with the former proving too slick for his rival over 1000 metres. While Nature Strip stays at that journey for the Challenge Stakes, Bivouac will stretch to a more suitable 1300 metres in the Group One Canterbury Stakes. With the defection of The Everest winner Classique Legend to Hong Kong, Nature Strip and Bivouac both have claims to bragging rights as Australia's eminent sprinter, a title likely ...
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Zoutori
The raising of weights for the Group 1 Newmarket Handicap has made the task for Zoutori a little tougher according to his co-trainer Simon Zahra. Training in partnership with Mathew Ellerton, Zahra said he would have liked to have seen Bivouac and Nature Strip, equal topweights when handicaps were released, remain in Saturday's race. Their absence has resulted in a 2kg increase across the board with Zoutori now topweight with 57kg. The weight is 1kg less than Zoutori carried to a first-up seventh in the Oakleigh Plate (1100m) at Caulfield on February 20. Zoutori finished second with 56kg in last ...
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Rondinella
Trainer John O'Shea will use a tried and tested formula as he plots a Sydney Cup path for former New Zealand-trained mare Rondinella. The Randwick trainer claimed the 2010 Group One staying feature with Jessicabeel, who placed in the Aspiration Quality and Epona Stakes before claiming the Chairman's Stakes-Sydney Cup double. He plans to use the same race template for Rondinella, who will step up preparations in Saturday's renewal of the Aspiration Quality (1600m) at Randwick. Originally prepared by Roger James, best known as the trainer of multiple Group One winner Silent Achiever, Rondinella arrived at O'Shea's Sydney stables last ...
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Harlem
Lindsay Park co-trainer Ben Hayes has warned punters not to dismiss Harlem in the Group 1 Australian Cup despite saddling up race favourite Fifty Stars in the feature at Flemington. Hayes and his cousin Tom Dabernig hope to provide Lindsay Park their fourth straight success in the Australian Cup, and fifth in seven years. Spillway won in 2015 before Harlem scored in 2018 and 2019 with Fifty Stars successful last year. Harlem has not scored since his second Australian Cup victory, but Hayes said it would be a fitting way for him to bow out if successful on Saturday. "It ...
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Aegon
Cambridge trainer Andrew Forsman will have a rare afternoon off on Saturday, but his eyes will be firmly fixed on high-class three-year-old Aegon, who will start a warm favourite in the Group 1 Randwick Guineas (1600m) in Sydney. Forsman, who trains in partnership with Murray Baker, part-owns the undefeated son of Sacred Falls and, courtesy of the Group 1 Vodafone New Zealand Derby (2400m) meeting being postponed at least 24 hours due to a Covid scare in Auckland, he will have the opportunity to join his fellow owners the Zame family in a gathering at Mount Maunganui to cheer home ...
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Ezdara
Promising two-year-old Drum Major will be on trial for a tilt at Group One glory when he lines-up in the HR Jones & Co Ltd 2YO (1200m) at Awapuni on Saturday. The Team Rogerson-trained colt has placed in both of his starts to date, and if he makes a good account of himself this weekend he could head to Ellerslie next week for the Group 1 Sistema Stakes (1200m), or return to Palmerston North next month to tackle the Group 1 Courtesy Ford Manawatu Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m). “He is a lovely horse, but he is not a natural two-year-old,” ...
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Larpower
Canterbury trainer Ross Beckett is in no hurry for his talented filly Larpower to break a winning habit. Power three-year-old Larpower goes into Saturday's Listed NZB Insurance Stakes (1400m) at Wingatui having won in all six of her public appearances, four at the trials and both her raceday starts. "She's done a great job so far. Winning is a pretty good habit to have," Beckett said. Larpower won trials at Rangiora, Ashburton and Riccarton before making a winning debut at Timaru in late December, beating three horses who have won races since. She headed to Wingatui for her next start ...
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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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