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Courier Wonder

Joao Moreira brimming with excitement over Courier Wonder’s potential

The rapid emergence of Courier Wonder as a galloper of potentially highest ilk has left Joao Moreira with a palpable ...
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Ricky Yiu

Back-to-back bid for Voyage Warrior in Easter Monday’s Group 2 Sprint Cup

Ricky Yiu has a strong reputation when it comes to nurturing sprint talents, his four wins in the Group 2 ...
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Glorious Artist

Purton makes inroads into Moreira’s championship lead with a four-timer

Zac Purton’s pursuit of a fifth Hong Kong jockeys’ championship has continued with a Sha Tin quartet, capped by the ...
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Classique Legend

Classique Legend setback, likely to return to Australia

Classique Legend, acclaimed as the world’s equal top sprinter in 2020, is likely to return to Australia after he bled ...
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Alexis Badel

Hungry Badel eyes career century in Hong Kong

Alexis Badel heads into Wednesday’s (31 March) nine-race all-dirt fixture at Sha Tin only one win away from his 100th ...
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Duke Wai

Barrier manners do the trick for Duke Wai in the Sha Tin feature

Paul O’Sullivan’s decision to embark on a remedial course in barrier manners for Duke Wai paid rich dividends when the ...
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Shaun Phelan
Heading across the Tasman to join his good mate Aaron Kuru to ride in Australia is very tempting for jumps jockey Shaun Phelan, but he has elected to stay in Cambridge and focus on building his training business. Phelan, who trains in partnership with his father Craig, will also take a step back from his riding commitments this year to concentrate on his burgeoning business. “I am going to keep that (riding) pretty quiet for the next couple of months,” he said. “We are really busy at the moment with our business and I can’t really afford to be out ...
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Randwick-based trainer John O'Shea is looking for a sense of deja vu with his Sydney Cup contender Rondinella on Saturday. O'Shea is hoping his six-year-old mare can replicate the feats of his former Sydney Cup winner in Jessicabeel. The daughter of the great Zabeel won the Sydney Cup in 2010 with a barnstorming finish from second last at the 600 metre mark, to salute by just under a length. Rondinella has followed the exact same preparation this year, with the mare looking for her first win since March 2019. O'Shea says the Sydney Cup has always been the goal for ...
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David Hayes
Buoyed by a strong April run, David Hayes is optimistic first-starter Shenron can provide added impetus to the stable’s momentum when he contests the second section of the Class 4 Larch Handicap (1200m) at Happy Valley on Wednesday (14 April). Hayes has delivered a winner at all three April meetings so far with Fantastic Treasure, Fearless Fire and Trader and is hopeful Shenron, who has been sharpened by four trials in preparation for his debut, can maintain the roll. “He’s surprised me with the pace he’s shown, he’s by Shocking the (2009) Melbourne Cup winner but he’s showing a bit ...
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Made By Khan
One of the highlights of the Mornington program on Tuesday was the dominant victory of lightly-tried New Zealand bred three-year-old Made By Khan. The Matt Laurie-trained son of Mongolian Khan was sent out a favourite and never gave punters a moment’s concern after being pushed forward to set the tempo for jockey Lachlan Neindorf. The handsome gelding had his rivals off the bit and chasing before the bend and was throttled down by Neindorf to score by three and a quarter lengths in the Progress Signs Plate (1500m), with plenty left in the tank. Originally prepared by Murray Baker and ...
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Star English Raider Addeybb will have blinkers applied for the first time in the highly anticipated Queen Elizabeth Stakes on Saturday. The William Haggas-trained galloper is looking to turn the tables on the Chris Waller-trained Verry Elleegant, after being beaten by a length a fortnight ago in the Ranvet Stakes. The son of Pivotal left a lot to be desired after his last start, prompting the gear change. Jockey Tom Marquand announced the gear change during an interview at ATC's Trackwork With The Stars event. "To be honest we haven't changed all that much. The only thing we have done ...
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Sir Dragonet
Sir Dragonet has been given a push by jockey Glen Boss on Tuesday morning ahead of the Queen Elizabeth Stakes on day two of The Championships. Following a dominant victory in the Group 1 Tancred Stakes, Boss is understandably bullish regarding Sir Dragonet who on Tuesday morning drew barrier 2 for Saturday's feature event. Much of the focus leading into the Queen Elizabeth Stakes surrounds the matchup between English Raider Addeybb and Chris Waller-trained mare Verry Elleegant. But when speaking after the barrier draw, Boss said his mount's bloodlines alone are enough to show Sir Dragonet can beat his rivals ...
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Galaxy Raider
Trainer Grahame Begg is expecting Galaxy Raider to relish the step up in journey as he chases a rich prize at Caulfield. Galaxy Raider is down to run in the $250,000 VOBIS Gold Mile (1600m) on Saturday, his second run back following a break, having finished third behind Mr Quickie in the Group 3 Victoria Handicap (1400m) at Caulfield on April 3. Mr Quickie is among the nominations for Saturday's race, but connections are also eyeing off a start in the Group 1 All-Aged Stakes (1400m) at Randwick on Saturday week. Begg said Galaxy Raider had come through his first-up ...
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Sherwood Forest
Tony Pike is hoping several of his team can book themselves a trip to Australia when they head to Hastings on Saturday. The Cambridge trainer will start last year’s Group 1 New Zealand Derby (2400m) winner Sherwood Forest in the Listed Power Farming Hawke’s Bay Cup (2200m), while his exciting two-year-old Rangi Toa and three-year-old Dawn Parade could also earn themselves a plane ticket with good performances. Sherwood Forest missed spring and summer racing after returning lame in his only spring start, a 1400m handicap at Ellerslie in September. He returned to racing in March, finishing behind the placegetters in ...
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Exultant, the tough kingpin of Hong Kong’s staying division, took a crucial step closer in his bid to become the second horse in history - after Eishin Preston in 2003 - to successfully defend his crown in Sunday week’s (25 April) HK$25 million Group 1 FWD QEII Cup (2000m) with a smart trial effort at Sha Tin this morning (Tuesday, 13 April). With five Group 1s and HK$81.4 million in the bag, the rising seven-year-old, adored by Hong Kong as one of the jurisdictions greatest ever stayers, tuned up with a smart second-past-the-post effort as Packing Waltham led home a ...
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Starry Legend
John Sadler says a lot hinges on the performance of Starry Legend in the $950,000 The Showdown at Caulfield on Saturday. Unbeaten in two starts, Starry Legend will be tackling the 1200m journey for the first time which is a concern for Sadler. Success on Saturday, after wins at Sandown and Bendigo, could set the son of Zoustar up as a potential stallion to stand at stud in Victoria on a day that recognises Victorian owners and breeders. "If he won this race and won it well, people will be talking about him in those terms (a future stallion) for ...
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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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