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Fly Miss Helen fancied for Sweet Solera Stakes at Newmarket

Seven outright favourites have won the Sweet Solera Stakes since 2008, and Fly Miss Helen can enhance that record by ...
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Love

Love the form pick for St Leger 2020 despite gender

Love is 5/1 to win the 2020 St Leger at Doncaster on September 12 and thus become the first horse ...
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Stradivarius

Stradivarius won’t play second fiddle to females in Arc

Stradivarius can beat the fillies and mares and the rest of the field in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe ...
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Nahaarr

Stewards’ Cup Favourite Looks Vulnerable To Better Weighted Horse

Nahaarr is the favourite for the Stewards’ Cup which is one of the most competitive handicaps of the season. Three ...
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Communique

Communique the weak link among Goodwood feature favourites

Battaash, Khaloosy and Communique can be the punters' friends in the Group races at Glorious Goodwood this Friday, but the ...
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Tudor City racing news

Can Tudor City win back-to-back Galway Hurdle titles?

This Thursday, Tudor City will attempt to become the first horse since 1983 to win the Galway Hurdle more than ...
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Melody Belle
Matamata trainer Jamie Richards is comfortable with star mare Melody Belle carrying the favourite tag into Saturday's Group 2 Missile Stakes (1200m) at Rosehill. Commands six-year-old Melody Belle has won three of her seven previous first-up starts though was fourth in last year's Group 2 Foxbridge Plate (1200m) at Te Rapa and fourth in the Group 1 Futurity Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield in February in her last two resuming runs. "She's in good condition. She trialled up well and had an exhibition gallop between races at Randwick last month," Richards said. "She's eating well and she's forward enough to give ...
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Eduardo
Joe Pride's recent recruit Eduardo has passed his first test but a bigger challenge awaits when he takes on a rich field in the Missile Stakes at Rosehill.The former Victorian made an immediate impact on debut for the stable to win the July Sprint, his first victory since taking out a Group Two race in Melbourne in 2018.Saturday's 1200m feature boasts Epsom Handicap winner Kolding, star New Zealander Melody Belle and Godolphin mares Flit and Savatiano.It will be a serious test and one that will tell Pride how high to aim with Eduardo this spring."It's a real crossroads race for ...
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It's A Wonder
Harvey Wilson was unable to switch to hands-free mode but was still able to give a good push to his Te Rapa chances from the driver's seat on It's A Wonder on Thursday morning. Wilson graciously took the NZ Racing Desk call between hill climbs as he put the finishing touches on Signature Homes Waikato Steeplechase (3900m) favourite It's A Wonder. "He's already had one run up the hill and I'm about to give him another," Wilson said. "He does all his work on the farm, all his fast work on the hills. He pulls too hard on the track, ...
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Octane Out To Prove A Point In Melbourne
Phillip Stokes knew he virtually needed to start over with Octane when the horse joined his stable as a winner of one of his first six starts.So far, that tactic has been successful in Adelaide and on Saturday, Stokes will test it in Melbourne.The five-year-old, who returns to Victoria for the first time in 17 months having won five of his past six starts in Adelaide, runs in the Farewell To Rod Gaylard (1000m) at Flemington.Octane has the distinction of being the highest priced yearling sold in Victoria, fetching $1.4 million at the Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale in 2017.He is ...
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Bussutin, Young Unearth Vic Derby Hopeful
Former Kiwi three-year-old Wertheimer has kicked off his Australian career in winning style for co-trainers Trent Busuttin and Natalie Young with an impressive performance at Cranbourne.After the victory, Young said Wertheimer would be set for the Victoria Derby at Flemington.Ridden by champion jockey Damien Oliver, Wertheimer was strongly supported to start a $3 favourite and came from well back to take out a 1300m maiden at Cranbourne on Wednesday.Wertheimer had one start in New Zealand in January when he was trained by Andrew Campbell and finished sixth at Trentham.He is raced by New Zealand owner Tom Heptinstall and carries the ...
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Relaxed Anders Ready To Blossom In Rosebud
Ability on the training track does not always convert to results on the racetrack and for a little while, that was the case with Rosebud favourite Anders.The colt underwhelmed at his initial campaign, struggling to handle the pressures of race day.Trainers Ciaron Maher and David Eustace kept faith, giving the horse time to mature and space to learn and he began to repay their investment with two promising wins at the back-end of his juvenile season.He returns in Saturday's Listed The Rosebud (1100m) at Rosehill on a mission to take the next step up to black-type grade and all the ...
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VRC Oaks Winner Put On Notice To Perform
Danny O'Brien is hoping a rain-affected surface can trigger a return to form for VRC Oaks winner Miami Bound when she starts her spring campaign at Flemington.Miami Bound will run in the G H Mumm Plate (1410m) on Saturday and the trainer is keen for her to signal she can again be a major carnival player.O'Brien pulled the plug on Miami Bound's autumn campaign after she failed in two runs in Melbourne where she finished eighth in the Caulfield Classic and fourth in the Alister Clark Stakes.He believes she failed because of the firm surfaces on each occasion.Miami Bound has ...
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Mr Marbellouz
Toowoomba trainer Kevin Kemp is eyeing another hometown feature race success with Mr Marbellouz, who resumes from an injury-enforced break at Doomben.Mr Marbellouz has not raced since finishing eighth in last year's Eye Liner Stakes at Ipswich but Kemp believes the seven-year-old has retained his competitiveness."He had a jump out here last week and went really good so I'm sure he hasn't lost his desire to race," Kemp said."After his last run he got a virus which hung around a bit longer than normal so I gave him a bit longer out."Then when he got over that he gave his ...
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Tom Dabernig
Co-trainer Tom Dabernig acknowledges that entering cult galloper So Si Bon for the Cox Plate is ambitious but if ever he is going to run in the race, this could be the year to do it."The Cox Plate may not be as strong due to the travel restrictions," Dabernig said."If he's going well then who knows? We might think about it but he would have to be in good form."The seven-year-old resumes in the Group Three Aurie's Star Stakes (1200m) at Flemington on Saturday, a race he won first up 12 months ago.Last campaign, for the first time in his ...
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Weather To Determine Ryan's Rosiest Chance
Gerald Ryan holds the aces with three key runners in The Rosebud and says track conditions will be fundamental to which of them can win.The trainer will start Return With Honour, Kumasi and The Face, the trio among the top five horses in betting for Saturday's Listed 1100m feature.Ryan can make a case for each of them but says the Rosehill surface will determine who comes out on top."Dry track, I would say Return With Honour, soft track I would say Kumasi, heavy track, The Face," Ryan said.Golden Rose hopeful Return With Honour is held in high esteem by the ...
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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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