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Generosity flows at Karaka

The generosity of a number of thoroughbred industry kingpins has led to more than $300,000 being raised for the CatWalk ...
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Mildred

Chairman’s Stakes Return For Mildred

After deciding to wait an extra week with stakes winning filly Mildred, trainer Grahame Begg is confident she is now ...
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Adam Hyeronimus

Welcome Listed Win For Adam Hyeronimus

After a lengthy injury break, Adam Hyeronimus has returned to the winner's list in style, riding Taikomochi to claim the ...
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Pretty Brazen

Pretty Brazen Pleases In Sandown Gallop

Pretty Brazen beat the colts and geldings in the Sandown Guineas last spring and the filly is on track to ...
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Sense Of Honour

Sense Of Honour Impresses In Sandown Debut

Sense Of Honour has made a one-act affair of her debut at Sandown but the filly will need to be ...
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Damian Lane

Damian Lane Booked For Catalyst In Melbourne

Star Melbourne jockey Damian Lane will ride boom New Zealand three-year-old Catalyst in his upcoming Australian campaign.Catalyst is raced by ...
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Sense Of Honour
Sense Of Honour has made a one-act affair of her debut at Sandown but the filly will need to be a late entry if she is to run in next month's Group One Blue Diamond Stakes.Trained by Mick Price and Michael Kent jr, Sense Of Honour ($4.60) was well-supported in Monday's Ladbrokes Plate (1200m) at Sandown for two-year-old fillies and gave her supporters little cause for concern.With Ben Melham aboard, Sense Of Honour raced one-out, one-back in the field of eight before striding up with purpose early in the straight to hit the front at the 200m.Sense Of Honour drew ...
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Damian Lane
Star Melbourne jockey Damian Lane will ride boom New Zealand three-year-old Catalyst in his upcoming Australian campaign.Catalyst is raced by Dick Karreman's Oaks Stud with general manager Rick Williams confirming Lane would replace kiwi Troy Harris in the Group Three C S Hayes (1400m) at Flemington on February 15."Damian Lane's manager emailed and said Damian wouldn't take another ride until he knew what the riding engagements were going to be," Williams told NZ Racing Desk."We had a discussion last night and decided to go with the local jockey."It's tough on Troy but he took it extremely well and he will ...
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Alizee
Star mare Alizee will have scant opposition in her defence of the Expressway Stakes with seven entries taken for the Group Two sprint over 1200 metres.Alizee beat four class runners last year, with Le Romain second and 2018 winner Trapeze Artist fourth.This time around, three-year-old colt Standout is expected to be the one trying to foil her bid on Saturday with the Gerald Ryan-trained colt catching the eye in his barrier trials.He won a trial at Rosehill on January 14 and was a close second to Dreamforce at Randwick last week.Alizee's trainer James Cummings is keen to get the triple ...
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Stuart Kendrick
The impressive win of Cosmic Gossip at the Sunshine Coast has further boosted the $500,000 QTIS 2YO The Jewel as the battle to find Queensland's best juvenile heats up.The Jewel, which is restricted to QTIS eligible horses, will be run on March 14 at the Gold Coast and is already attracting plenty of attention.Cosmic Gossip scored a last-to-first win and stamped herself as a genuine hope in The Jewel by winning Saturday's Sunshine Coast Classic.Trainer Stuart Kendrick, whose double on Saturday took him to 49 winners for the season, is sure Cosmic Gossip is up to top class."We were probably ...
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Sherwood Forest
A gritty victory over the older horses at Te Aroha last Friday in his first attempt beyond 1600m has Cambridge trainer Tony Pike convinced Sherwood Forest is right on track for his tilt at the Group 1 Vodafone New Zealand Derby (2400m) at Ellerslie next month. Pike elected to test the Fastnet Rock gelding over 2200m in rating 82 company at Te Aroha and he came through that test with flying colours as he showed plenty of heart to lump 59kgs to victory over Dunstan Feeds Stayers Championship (2400m) runner-up Joe’s Legacy in a tooth and nail struggle. “It’s very ...
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Volpe Veloce
Volpe Veloce gave trainer Graham Richardson one of his biggest moments in racing when she won the Group 1 Railway (1200m) two years ago and he is hoping to finish her career on a similar high. The six-year-old mare is likely to have two more tilts at Group 1 glory this season before retiring to stud and her brave runner-up performance in the Group 2 Westbury Classic (1400m) at Ellerslie on Saturday proved she is capable of the task. “It was a massive run, she was four-wide the whole way,” Richardson said. “It wasn’t Jason’s (Waddell, jockey) fault, he couldn’t ...
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Mikiko Nakao Joins Dual Licence Ranks
Mikiko Nakao is set to have her first runner as a jockey and trainer this week at Doomben.Nakao was recently granted a dual licence and has several horses in work at the Deagon training complex.She has entered Secret Agent Man for a Class One event at Doomben on Thursday.Nakao, who emigrated from Japan a decade ago, was apprenticed to trainer Pat Duff at Deagon and rode 51 winners.Before that she had stints with Trevor Sutherland, Bernie Howlett and Gratz Vella in NSW and the ACT."If hard work equals success then Miki will have a very good career as a trainer," ...
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Neville Bell
Brisbane Racing Club Chairman Neville Bell has received a Medal of the Order of Australia in the Australia Day honours list.Bell was honoured for his contribution to racing and the community of Caboolture, north of Brisbane.He was an original member of the BRC board when the Queensland Turf Club and Brisbane Turf Club amalgamated in 2008.Bell has been BRC chairman since 2012 and has overseen a move from a racing-only emphasis to a commercial based business for the club.He is a leading racehorse owner and has run the Kilto Park Stud near Caboolture for 30 years.Bell has a long association ...
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Pierro Colt Tops Karaka Sale Day One
A Pierro colt has topped the first session of New Zealand's premier yearling sale at Karaka, fetching $900,000.The colt was knocked down to bloodstock agent Garry Carvell who was particularly pleased to get the yearling out of Redoute's Choice mare Our Squeezer, a half sister to Imposingly, the dam of triple Group One winner Bonneval."He's by a sire who's booming and the cross with Redoute's Choice mares produces plenty of winners and stakes winners," Carvell said."He's a lovely horse and they aren't easy to find. When you go through the sales in Australia there were only two or three colts ...
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Peter Moody
Peter Moody has confirmed his plans to return to the Victorian training ranks with a boutique stable at Pakenham.Moody said he had not yet got a licence and he would have preferred to keep his plans to himself but recent speculation had forced his hand.The trainer of many Group One winners, led by the unbeaten Black Caviar, stepped away from training in 2016 after being handed a six-month suspension to unintentionally administering excessive levels of cobalt to the horse Lidari.He is at the Karaka yearling sale in Auckland buying horses primarily for established clients to go to other trainers."It wasn't ...
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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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