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David Hall heads to Sha Tin on Sunday with three Group 3 runners

David Hall heads to Sha Tin on Sunday with three Group 3 runners

In the throes of another strong campaign, David Hall hopes to add further lustre to the 2023/24 racing season when ...
South Australian Derby runner-up heads to Queensland Derby

South Australian Derby runner-up heads to Queensland Derby

Having run a brave second in the Group 1 South Australian Derby (2500m) in his most recent outing, the Mick ...
Rebel's Romance runs away with Champions & Chater Cup victory

Rebel’s Romance runs away with Champions & Chater Cup victory

William Buick declared Rebel’s Romance a “real international superstar” after the globe-trotting stayer added the Group 1 Champions & Chater ...
Here To Shock holds off Freedom Rally to claim BRC Sprint

Here To Shock holds off Freedom Rally to claim BRC Sprint

The team Hayes-trained Here To Shock () has booked his ticket to the Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap (1400m) after fending ...
Bois D'Argent holds off New Endeavour to claim Group 1 Doomben Cup

Bois D’Argent holds off New Endeavour to claim Group 1 Doomben Cup

Annabel Neasham has claimed her second win in the Group 1 Doomben Cup (2000m), with Bos D’Argent () causing a ...
Scarlet Oaks proves too strong in The Roses

Scarlet Oaks proves too strong in The Roses

The old firm of Chris Waller & James McDonald combined with Scarlet Oak () proving the best of the girls ...
Scarlet Oaks proves too strong in The Roses
The old firm of Chris Waller & James McDonald combined with Scarlet Oak () proving the best of the girls in The Roses (2000m) at Doomben on Saturday afternoon. The daughter of Kermadec put the writing on the wall last time out, with a dominant 2.4-length victory at Newcastle on May 11, signalling the intent to head north for a tilt at the Group 1 Queensland Oaks (2200m). This was always going to be a necessary steppingstone on that journey, and thanks to a perfectly timed ride by James McDonald, the three-year-old looks poised to take on Group 1 company ...
Maracana just holds on to claim Pam O'Neill Stakes
Danny O’Brien & Michael Dee have combined to cause a major upset at Doomben on Saturday, with Maracana () pushed out to secure victory in the Group 3 Pam O’Neill Stakes (1600m). She was sent north from Victoria after her recent win at Cranbourne on May 10 at BM70 level, forcing the daughter of Shamexpress to make a significant leap in grade on Saturday, which the five-year-old mare was happy to oblige at massive odds with online bookmakers. It was thanks to a perfectly rated steer by Dee, gaining an economical run in transit towards the one-one, with the Kris ...
Charlie Appleby chases history in Champions & Chater Cup
Charlie Appleby says Hong Kong is one of the world’s major racing capitals he is determined to crack as he enters his 12th season as a Godolphin trainer and he believes Rebel’s Romance is the right horse to do the job for him in the HK$13 million Group 1 Champions & Chater Cup (2400m) at Sha Tin on Sunday (26 May). Appleby has won 10 Breeders’ Cup races in the United States, five English Classics including two Derbies, as well as the Melbourne Cup and Sydney Cup, countless big races in Europe and the Middle East, but this superb international ...
Shaun Phelan sends stayer to Australia ahead of jumping career
Capable stayer Hit The Road Jack has shifted camp to prepare for the next stage of his career. The son of Jakkalberry arrived in Melbourne on Wednesday to build toward a jumping career from the successful Warrnambool stable of Symon Wilde. The seven-year-old was formerly prepared at Cambridge by Shaun Phelan, who remains part of the ownership group of the seven-time winner. “I had been in contact with a few trainers over there and he’s gone to Symon Wilde, Aaron Kuru jacked that up for me,” Phelan said. “We just thought that he’s up in the ratings a bit now ...
Forsman three-year-old enters Derby picture
Talented three-year-old stayer First Innings has booked a place in the Group 1 Queensland Derby (2400m) after coming from last to land a 2180m three-year-old handicap at Ipswich on Wednesday. The Andrew Forsman-trained son of Contributer went back to last under jockey Jim Byrne and crept into the race shortly before rounding the home turn, making his run widest on the tight-turning Queensland track to score a resounding two length victory over a competitive field. Forsman was on course to oversee proceedings and was delighted to see the race run to suit his charge. “We thought we were up against ...
Straight Arron hoping to return to form in Champions & Chater Cup
Caspar Fownes is remaining optimistic that yesterday’s (21 May) barrier trial has Straight Arron on track to bounce back when he contests Sunday’s (26 May) HK$13 million Group 1 Champions & Chater Cup (2400m) at Sha Tin. Below his best in the HK$28 million Group 1 QEII Cup (2000m) last month, Straight Arron finished 22 lengths behind the victorious Romantic Warrior on yielding ground, which also came as his first run after his slashing sixth in the Group 1 Dubai Turf (1800m). Straight Arron was fourth over the line in his morning hit-out on the Sha Tin dirt, clocking 1m ...
Ozzie Kheir looking ahead to Oaks with top fillies
Ozzie Kheir is looking forward to the upcoming Group 2 The Roses (2000m) this Saturday to determine the readiness of his two fillies, Molly Bloom and Scarlet Oak, for the forthcoming Group 1 Queensland Oaks (2200m) next month. Scarlet Oak, trained by Chris Waller and set to be piloted by James McDonald, presents an intriguing prospect. This filly showed promise by winning her maiden start in New Zealand, then securing a second place in the Group 3 James H B Carr Stakes (1400m) in April. Her most recent performance saw her triumph in a Benchmark 72 (1600m) at Newcastle, highlighting ...
California Spangle trials ahead of end of season targets
California Spangle could feature again this season after tuning up smartly in a barrier trial over 1200m at Sha Tin this morning (Tuesday, 21 May) in 1m 11.28s with Brenton Avdulla for trainer Tony Cruz. Breaking cleanly under the hands of Avdulla, the triple Group 1-winning California Spangle strode to the lead. Clicked up in the straight, the six-year-old crossed the line first, one and three quarter lengths ahead of Sing Dragon on the dirt. “He’s ticking over well. He’s come through his run in good order. I’m happy with him – the track was a bit ordinary with all ...
Ken & Bev Kelso to unveil promising daughter of Proisir
Trainers Ken and Bev Kelso have raced two outstanding daughters of Proisir in the colours of Philip and Catherine Brown, and on Wednesday they are hoping they can unveil another at Taupo. The Browns have struck gold in the last few years with Group 1 winners Levante and Legarto, and they are hoping Levakia can reach the same lofty heights. The couple purchased her out of Curraghmore’s 2023 New Zealand Bloodstock Online Yearling Sale draft for $105,000 under their Ancroft Stud banner, and Ken and Bev Kelso have been pleased with what they have seen from the filly so far ...
Taj Dragon & Ellis Wong gives Pierre Ng his 100th Hong Kong winner
Pierre Ng swept to his 100th Hong Kong winner and Ellis Wong notched his most important success when Taj Dragon forged to victory in the Class 1 Racing Heritage Handicap (1400m) at Sha Tin on Sunday (19 May). In only his second season as a trainer, Ng took 1,033 runners across 159 meetings to reach a mark achieved faster by only John Size (113 meetings), Frankie Lor (137) and Ivan Allan (144) – to enhance hopes of landing the 2023/24 championship. Ng leads this season’s trainer standings with 59 wins from Francis Lui (56), Ricky Yiu (47), John Size (45), ...

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.