The team at RacingOnline.com is dedicated to telling you everything you never knew you needed to know about betting on  horse racing.

We aim to give you an insight into how to bet smart and find the best odds on the biggest events and feature race future, no matter where you are based.

With so many online bookies catering for so much racing from all corners of the globe, the challenge can be in knowing who to trust and where to look when it comes to getting set for a wager.

United States Horse racing bookies

Horse racing bookies

Horse Racing News

All the latest global horse racing news
Mornington Glory

Mornington Glory to chase Group 3 success upon return

Mornington Glory is set to make his return after nearly five months in Saturday's Group 3 Sir John Monash Stakes ...
Bowman optimistic The Winnabe can continue winning streak

Bowman optimistic The Winnabe can continue winning streak

Fresh from a Happy Valley double on Thursday night (4 July), Hugh Bowman is optimistic unbeaten The Winnabe can continue ...
Darren Weir

Darren Weir disqualified for two more years

Trainer Darren Weir has been issued an additional two-year disqualification by the Victorian Racing Tribunal for using a jigger on ...
Bella Nipotina salutes in Group 1 Tatts Tiara

Bella Nipotina salutes in Group 1 Tatts Tiara

Having been backed as if unbeatable, Ciaron Maher's Bella Nipotina rewarded favourite punters with a comfortable victory in the Group ...
James McDonald

Injury cuts short James McDonald’s Tatts Tiara bid

James McDonald has had to forgo his rides at the final Group 1 meeting of the season at Eagle Farm ...
West Coast & Berry The Cash set for hurdles features

West Coast & Berry The Cash set for hurdles features

Star hurdler Berry The Cash will chase his first title at Hastings on Saturday, while stablemate West Coast is out ...
Tomodachi Kokoroe rises for Happy Valley challenge
Tomodachi Kokoroe is aiming crown a superb season when he steps up in distance on Wednesday night at the season’s final Happy Valley fixture. Untested beyond 1400m, Tomodachi Kokoroe has won four times over 1200m in Hong Kong for trainer David Hayes. The Written Tycoon gelding was a six-time winner in Australia pre-import, scoring over 875m, 950m (twice), 1200m, 1250m and 1400m. “We’re trying the mile. He’s had a marvellous season. I think the tempo of a mile in this class, like over the 1400 metres, is probably better suited to him than sprints,” Hayes said. Tomodachi Kokoroe attempted to ...
Place Du Carrousel to chase Melbourne Cup glory
Anthony and Sam Freedman will follow a proven path with their imported mare, Place Du Carrousel, this spring. Like Without A Fight, the five-year-old mare is expected to target the Group 1 Underwood Stakes (1800m) before aiming for the Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) and Group 1 Melbourne Cup (3200m), with a possible run in the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m) also on the cards. "We will go down a similar path as we did last year with Without A Fight to the Caulfield Cup with her," Sam Freedman told Racing.com. "We are looking at her running in the Underwood ...
Munhamek
Last weekend’s Listed Winter Championship Series Final (1600m) at Flemington saw Munhamek clinch his third consecutive victory. The eight-year-old, trained by Nick Ryan, is set to be targeted at the Group 2 PB Lawrence Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on August 17. "He pulled up super," Ryan confirmed the gelding's positive post-race condition in an interview with Racing.com. "He was down at the beach this morning at Altona, he's going to head down to Fulmen Park for the week; in the paddock and on the water walker later on in the week and then probably back next week." The absence of ...
Mornington Glory
Mornington Glory is set to make his return after nearly five months in Saturday's Group 3 Sir John Monash Stakes (1100m) at Caulfield. The rising six-year-old had a progressive campaign last season under Gavin Bedggood, beginning as a 63-rater at Ballarat and concluding with a third-place finish in the Group 1 Oakleigh Plate (1100m) behind Queman (Mint Lane) after ten starts and three wins. “We started pretty low last time and he worked through the grades, but he doesn’t get that luxury this time around. This looks like a nice off-season stakes race to be kicking him off,” Bedggood told ...
Rhapsody Chic storms to Randwick success
Victorian trainers Anthony and Sam Freedman sent their emerging Kiwi-bred talent Rhapsody Chic to Sydney on Saturday and came away with a stunning win at Randwick. The Benchmark 78 handicap was the third straight victory for the four-year-old gelding, who had won a Benchmark 64 at Seymour and a Benchmark 70 at Sandown in his two previous starts. The Randwick raid marked a much tougher test as he stepped up into Saturday class and lined up for his first start the Sydney way around. His task grew even more difficult when he was slow to leave the starting gates, settled ...
Caitlyns Wish seeking winning hat-trick at Te Rapa
Quality mare Caitlyns Wish has fashioned an enviable record through the past two winters for Stephen Autridge, and she will chase a winning hattrick at Te Rapa on Saturday. The daughter of in-form sire Belardo has recorded six wins and five minor placings over 15 starts, consistently performing in the favoured heavy conditions that she struck at Wanganui and Te Rapa at her two latest appearances. “She was really courageous last-start and things did go our way including the weight she carried (51kg),” Autridge said. “She’s come through it well, on a sticky heavy track we aren’t sure, but she ...
Bowman optimistic The Winnabe can continue winning streak
Fresh from a Happy Valley double on Thursday night (4 July), Hugh Bowman is optimistic unbeaten The Winnabe can continue an impressive debut campaign with a strong performance in the Class 3 Chow Silver Plate Handicap (1400m) at Sha Tin on Saturday (6 July). Stepping to 1400m for the first time after a pair of 1200m victories, The Winnabe faces 12 rivals including a string of recent winners led by Lovero, Gracious Express, Galvanic, King Miles and Greenwich. The Caravaggio three-year-old shapes as one of master trainer John Size’s most exciting prospects next season and Bowman is confident the gelding ...
Darren Weir
Trainer Darren Weir has been issued an additional two-year disqualification by the Victorian Racing Tribunal for using a jigger on three racehorses in 2018. The tribunal, chaired by Judge John Bowman and including Judge Kathryn Kings and tribunal member Des Gleeson, unanimously agreed on the penalty, considering it "fair and appropriate." This ruling follows a recent hearing where Racing Victoria stewards recommended a further 10-year ban in addition to Weir's previous four-year disqualification, which ended in February last year. Weir, who admitted to charges of animal cruelty, highlighted his rehabilitation, remorse, and contrition in his defense. Charges related to corruption ...
Eliud
Tony Pike is hoping his three-year-old Eliud can finish a successful preparation on a high note on Saturday when he contests the Mahogany Challenge Final (2500m) at Flemington. The son of Almanzor has flourished in his autumn preparation, backing up his maiden success with a comprehensive winning performance at open three-year-old level, giving Pike confidence to book his ticket and contest a pair of Flemington races. Stepping out over 2000m on June 22, Eliud lost no admirers, finishing boldly for fifth after finding no fortune in transit and on straightening. “He just had no luck, got caught three-wide early and ...
Majestic Knight aims to bounce back at Happy Valley
Douglas Whyte is optimistic Majestic Knight (135lb) can hop back on a trail of ascendancy when he lines up on Thursday night at Happy Valley. Well beaten last start after racing wide throughout to finish 11th, Majestic Knight returns in a bid to capture his fourth city circuit victory this season. “If you look at when he won the start before and the way he ran due to circumstances and positioning – I think we can put a line through that,” Whyte said. The Australian-bred faces six challenging opponents: Nervous Witness (133lb), Whizz Kid (133lb), Copartner Ambition (120lb), Baby Crystal ...

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.

Best horse racing tips & betting information

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.