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Exultant

Exultant stamps Horse of the Year claim with Champions & Chater Cup victory

It was hard work but Exultant has never been one to shirk a challenge. The tough kingpin of the Hong ...
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Thanks Forever

Thanks Forever takes the Sha Tin Vase on a dramatic day for Purton

Thanks Forever fought his way to a deserved victory in the Group 3 Sha Tin Vase Handicap (1200m) at Sha ...
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mare

Imported mare confirmed positive for Theileria equi

Further testing of a breeding mare previously imported from the United Kingdom to New Zealand has confirmed the horse is ...
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Allan Chau

Costa Loyalty Pays Off In Gunsynd Classic

Gold Coast trainer Michael Costa's loyalty to jockey Allan Chau paid off when they combined for their first Group wins ...
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John Moore

Moore believes he has the key to unlock Thanks Forever for Group 3 success

John Moore hopes he has found the key to unlocking Thanks Forever’s absolute best as the consistent four-year-old seeks a ...
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Exultant

Rain a concern as Exultant faces Furore in Champions & Chater Cup

Furore and a storm are Tony Cruz’s two fears as he prepares Exultant for what he hopes will be another ...
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Beauden
Waikato jockey Ryan Elliot was a little disappointed about the season being curtailed as a result of COVID-19, but he is looking forward to getting back raceday riding in just over a month. The 21-year-old hoop was able to keep relatively busy at trainer Graeme Rogerson’s private training property in Hamilton over the lockdown period, but he said he is glad the workload has increased in the last few weeks. “Graeme only had the jumpers in and a few young ones, but it was enough to keep me busy,” Elliot said. Elliot has recorded 59 wins to date this season, ...
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Gobstopper
Gobstopper has given his Kiwi owners plenty of excitement over the COVID-19 enforced lockdown period, and he continued that on Sunday when taking out the Australian Hurdle (3900m) at Sandown. “I thought he was really professional this time, he didn’t over-race he got a nice trail and was ridden amazingly,” part-owner and former trainer Andrew Campbell said. “He has got some good form around him at the moment.” Gobstopper has won three of his last four hurdle assignments, including a last-start win in the Galleywood Hurdle (3200m), and Campbell said it has given his Kiwi connections plenty to look forward ...
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Stockman
Tavistock gelding Stockman continued to show his progressive talents at Randwick on Saturday when taking out his 2000m event, and trainer Joseph Pride is now eyeing some loftier targets for his charge. It was his third victory this preparation from just four starts, ranging from 1300m to 2000m, and Pride has been impressed with the promise shown by the three-year-old. “They are promising signs when they’re able to win a 1300m race first-up and three out of the first four runs of the preparation, you know they’re headed in the right direction,” Pride said. “We will find out what his ...
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Tambo's Mate
Top Queensland sprinter Tambo's Mate has been injured and will miss the Group One Stradbroke Handicap.Tambo's Mate had beaten the ballot for the Stradbroke at Eagle Farm on June 6 after winning the Group Three BRC Sprint at Doomben three weeks ago.The gelding ran seventh in the Group Two Victory Stakes at Eagle Farm last Saturday.Trainer Stuart Kendrick said jockey Matt McGillivray felt there was something wrong when he returned to scale after the Victory Stakes."We let him cool down and had him scanned. He has wrenched a joint," Kendrick said."It is very swollen and he will need three months ...
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Birdsville
Queensland's iconic Birdsville horse racing carnival is the latest COVID-19 victim, with organisers announcing this year's event has been scratched.The event, known as the Melbourne Cup of the outback, have been held since 1882 and is a major tourist drawcard for operators in the state's far west.The races, staged in the Simpson Desert, were to be held on September 4 and 5."It is with heavy hearts that we have made the difficult decision not to stage the Birdsville Races this year," Gary Brook, vice president of the Birdsville Race Club said on Monday."As much as we were holding onto the ...
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Damian Lane
Australian jockey Damian Lane has added another handful of winners to his tally in Japan but has come up short in the Group One Japanese Oaks won by emerging star Daring Tact.Lane rode five winners at Tokyo at the weekend, with a treble on Saturday and a double on Sunday.It has taken his tally to 26 winners from 86 rides during his latest stint in Japan which began in mid-April and last week was extended for two months until July 21.Sunday's feature was the Group One Japanese Oaks (2400m) in which Lane rode second favourite Des Ailes but the filly ...
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Brad Stewart
Jockey Brad Stewart is the latest to need a stay on a suspension if he is to ride at the big Group One day of racing at Eagle Farm.There is an increasing shortage of top jockeys in Queensland which has been exacerbated by injury, suspensions and coronavirus restrictions imposed on interstate riders.Stewards opened an inquiry after Galvarino and Paris Crystal suffered interference at the 200m in race eight at Ipswich on Sunday.Stewart, who rode Open Road, pleaded guilty to a charge of careless riding and was suspended for 10 days starting at midnight on Saturday and concluding at midnight on ...
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Officials Confident UK Racing Can Resume
Brant Dunshea, chief regulatory officer at the British Horseracing Authority, has expressed his confidence that racing will be able to resume in Britain on June 1.Racing was last staged on March 17 and the government announced earlier this month that no professional sport, even behind closed doors, would take place before June 1 at the earliest.The BHA on Saturday published its protocols for resuming behind closed doors at Newcastle on that date, and Dunshea said it had been recognised that racing differed in its make-up from sports such as football and rugby.Dunshea told Racing TV's Luck On Sunday programme: "I ...
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Opacity
Waikato Stud-based stallion Ocean Park was in the headlines again on the weekend after his three- year-old son Opacity took his career record to four wins from just six starts with an impressive victory in age-group company at Randwick on Saturday. The John O’Shea-trained gelding was having just his second start back in a new campaign when he doggedly held out a late charge by race favourite Miss Einstein to take out the 1500m contest on a testing Heavy8 surface. The win evoked memories of another son of Ocean Park in the Chris Waller-trained Kolding for the mixed group of ...
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Exultant
It was hard work but Exultant has never been one to shirk a challenge. The tough kingpin of the Hong Kong stayers’ division proved his preeminence with a gritty second success in the Group 1 Standard Chartered Champions & Chater Cup (2400m) at Sha Tin on Sunday, 24 May. The six-year-old bay dug deep to repel the pressing Chefano and Furore and ensure Tony Cruz a seventh victory in the race as a trainer, all from the last eight renewals. Cruz rates Exultant the best of a bunch that includes California Memory, Blazing Speed and Pakistan Star, at least when ...
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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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