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Oisin Murphy

Murphy 164/1 handicap double on cards at Newbury

Champion jockey Oisin Murphy can be backed at 164/1 to win the two handicaps he rides in at the Flat ...
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Master Of Reality

Irish St Leger Trial made for Master Of Reality

Master Of Reality has the form and pedigree to contest the Group 3 Irish St Leger Trial at the Curragh ...
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Enable

Bookies not sure about Enable no-show at York

Enable is rock solid at 3/1 to win an historic third Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp on October ...
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NZTR

Meetings to be run behind closed doors

Following a meeting between New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing (NZTR), stewards and club representatives it has been decided that Wednesday’s meeting ...
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Battaash

Battaash ticking boxes for Nunthorpe Stakes at York

Battaash is the fastest horse in training in the UK and Ireland and can confirm that status by winning the ...
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Steel Bull

O’Brien Could Hold The Ace In The Phoenix Stakes Pack

The Phoenix Stakes can potentially identify the leading Irish juvenile colt of the season. In 2019 Siskin won the Phoenix ...
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Ex-Godolphin Horses Shape Up Well For Litt
The now-retired Castelvecchio has been Richard Litt's undisputed stable star but the trainer has also enjoyed success with Godolphin cast-offs.Litt will have two former Sheikh Mohammed-owned horses in action at Randwick on Saturday, both in the Spring Preview Handicap (1400m).Interlocuter returns from a lengthy layoff having not raced since the 2018 Villiers Stakes while first emergency Morton's Fork has secured a start following the scratching of Noble Boy.Litt won a race at Warwick Farm on Wednesday with former Godolphin galloper Wander and says the Royal Blue army's tried horses are the backbone of his operation."I think about 30 per cent ...
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Bowman'S Mother Back But Pressure Is Off
Trainer Daniel Bowman isn't under the same pressure as he was going into last year's Regal Roller Stakes with his stable star Begood Toya Mother.Last year, Bowman said the stakes were high as the horse needed to win the 1200 metre Listed sprint to boost his rating high enough to get into the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes.History shows Begood Toya Mother ticked both boxes, winning the two races to catapult Bowman into the spotlight.Bowman is hoping to win both races again this spring but pointed out that Begood Toya Mother is not as forward in fitness as he was last ...
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Master Of Reality
Master Of Reality has the form and pedigree to contest the Group 3 Irish St Leger Trial at the Curragh on Friday. The son of Frankel is the second-highest rated runner and if he’s anything like a chip off the old block, the race is a formality ...
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Top Trainer Poised To Form New Partnership
Gerald Ryan is set to join forces with his long-time assistant Sterling Alexiou in Sydney racing's latest training partnership.The prominent Rosehill horseman, who has trained Group One winners the ilk of Snitzel and Trapeze Artist, confirmed the news on Thursday."The final ticks just have to come from Racing NSW," Ryan said.Alexiou has worked as Ryan's Rosehill foreman for the past eight years and has become an integral part of the team.The partnership is set to become official once it receives formal ratification from Racing NSW in the coming days.Ryan confirmed Golden Rose hopeful Return With Honour would run in a ...
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Son Of A Gun Scores Smart Win On Debut
Regally-bred colt Bucharest has kicked off his career with an impressive win over 1500 metres at Newcastle.The sixth foal to race out of five-time Group One winner Miss Finland, Bucharest looked comfortable to hold out his more favoured Chris Waller-trained stablemate Zarzou.After a slightly tardy start, the Arrowfield-bred and retained colt hunted through quickly to park at the leader's hindquarters.When given his head at the 300m by premier rider James McDonald, he breezed past the leader and raced clear to score by three-quarters of a length.Bucharest is by seven-time champion Japanese sire Deep Impact and is a half-brother to Thousand ...
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Parlophone Chasing Hat-Trick At Caulfield
Michael Kent Junior believes Parlophone can continue her upward spiral and put her hand up as a possible Group One contender by winning the Quezette Stakes at Caulfield.At her last start the Kent Junior and Mick Price trained three-year-old produced a withering finishing burst to win the Listed Lightning Stakes at Morphettville, coming from what seemed an unlikely position to win."She can do what only good horses can do, as Mick Price says. She can sustain a sprint for 600 metres," Kent Junior said."At her last start she was in an awkward spot but then she got to the outside ...
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Golden Slipper Winner To Trial At Randwick
Tulloch Lodge colt Farnan will make his first public appearance since winning the Golden Slipper at a star-studded barrier trial session at Randwick.The three Group and Listed heats were originally scheduled for Tuesday but heavy rain prompted stewards to delay them.Farnan will have nine rivals in Friday's 850m trial, headed by Group One winners Kolding, Probabeel and Fierce Impact.An early favourite for the Golden Rose, Farnan is pencilled in to resume in the Group Two The Run To The Rose (1200m) on September 12.New Zealand mare Probabeel is closer to kicking off her carnival campaign with trainer Jamie Richards confirming ...
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Legendary Diva's Daughter Breaks Through
Sublime Diva displayed some of the staying characteristics of her famous mother Makybe Diva when she broke her maiden status at her sixth start at Sale.The four-year-old, who is by sprinter Brazen Beau, became the three-time Melbourne Cup heroine's sixth winner from her eight foals to race.So far, Makybe Diva is yet to throw a city winner with her best performed progeny being stakes placegetter Divanation.Her filly by Written Tycoon sold for $500,000 at this year's Magic Millions Sales.Last spring the 20-year-old mare had another filly foal by More Than Ready.Sublime Diva's trainer Colin Little said the mare's best characteristic ...
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Kisukano
A stallion chain will be used on Kisukano when she makes her latest appearance at Eagle Farm in a bid to curb the filly's troublesome barrier manners.Kisukano delayed the start for nearly 10 minutes before winning first up at the Sunshine Coast on July 11 and staged a repeat performance when she proved reluctant to load prior to placing at Doomben on July 25.Stewards lost patience with Kisukano's antics at Doomben and told trainer Michael Nolan the filly would have to pass a barrier test before being allowed to race again.She failed her first attempt at the Toowoomba jump outs ...
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Regal Power
Perth's number one racehorse owner Bob Peters will kick-off his unprecedented attack on the Melbourne spring carnival with two starters in the Group Two P B Lawrence Stakes at Caulfield in Regal Power and Arcadia Queen.He will also unveil another much vaunted raider in Showmanship in a 1400m benchmark race on Saturday.Peters has approached this spring differently by leaving his horses under the care of Grant and Alana Williams, rather than send them to an eastern state trainer.Grant Williams is supervising the team, which also includes another three horses who are being set for Group One races - Windstorm, Superstorm ...
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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 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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