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Ricky Yiu

Hong Kong season finale sees cool Yiu claim the championship

Ricky Yiu sealed the champion trainer title at Happy Valley on Wednesday (15 July) night to fulfill a lifelong dream, ...
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Bob Baffert

US Triple Crown Trainer Baffert Suspended

Two-time Triple Crown-winning trainer Bob Baffert has been suspended for 15 days by Oaklawn Park stewards and two of his ...
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Aidan O'Brien

Passion over Love for O’Brien in Irish Oaks

Passion can benefit from the absence of Love in the Irish Oaks at the Curragh on Saturday and give Aidan ...
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Ricky Yiu

Yiu’s four-win lead has him optimistic that this one won’t get away

Ricky Yiu is on the verge of the most extraordinary achievement in his 48-year career with the Hong Kong Jockey ...
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Francis Lui

Francis Lui hopes for luck in final title assault at Happy Valley season finale

Francis Lui heads into Wednesday’s (15 July) season finale at Happy Valley with seven chances across six races in the ...
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Skelton horse racing news

Skeltons can spring jumps double with trainer and jockey titles

Various contingencies make it difficult to back a likely double for the trainers' and jockeys' jumps championships, but the combination ...
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Pennino
A better barrier prompted trainer Darryl Hansen to run his dual acceptor Pennino in the Listed Eye Liner Stakes.Hansen accepted with Pennino in the Eye Liner and the Listed Gai Waterhouse Classic at Ipswich.However, when Pennino drew barrier 16 in the Waterhouse he elected to run in the Eye Liner where the mare has drawn barrier eight.Pennino will now join stablemate Monsieur Gustave who won the Eye Liner Stakes in 2017.Pennino, a Group Three winner as a three-year-old, was a good third to Jami Lady in the Listed Bright Shadow (1200m) two weeks ago.Hansen said four of Pennino's six wins ...
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Skate To Paris
Second-up specialist Skate To Paris gets a chance to avenge one of the unluckiest runs of her career in the Listed Gai Waterhouse Classic.Skate To Paris ran third in last year's Waterhouse after being pushed 10 deep on the home turn but rattled home to be beaten less than a length by Ready To Prophet.The mare has been placed four times in stakes races and on each occasion didn't have the best of luck.Skate To Paris showed she had come back in fine fettle after a break when second in a barrier trial and then storming home for third when ...
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Ricky Yiu
Ricky Yiu sealed the champion trainer title at Happy Valley on Wednesday (15 July) night to fulfill a lifelong dream, and he did it with a smile and a shrug. With Hong Kong in the midst of a coronavirus ‘third wave’, the famous Valley crowd was not there to cheer his remarkable feat, and there was no presentation to mark his victory. Yiu was fine with that. “I’ve really achieved my goal, this is the peak of my career, but a lot of people are more excited than I am; the owners on WhatsApp were messaging me ‘Add oil’! The ...
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Bob Baffert
Two-time Triple Crown-winning trainer Bob Baffert has been suspended for 15 days by Oaklawn Park stewards and two of his horses were disqualified in Arkansas after testing positive for a banned substance.The stewards said in a ruling that the Hall of Fame trainer's suspension will run from August 1 until August 15.They found Baffert violated Rule 1233, which states that a trainer shall ultimately be responsible for the condition of any horse that is entered regardless of the acts of any third parties.His horses Charlatan and Gamine each tested positive for lidocaine in two rounds of testing after winning races ...
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Chokito
Timaru trainers Mel and Warwick Coles are taking two horses down to Ascot Park’s Friday meeting and they are hoping they can come home with a quinella. Chokito and Button will contest the Welcome Back To Southern Racing (760m) and both fillies are thriving according to their trainers. Two-year-old filly Chokito had been in fine form prior to lockdown and her connections are hoping she can pick-up where she left off on Friday. The daughter of Vespa had won two of her five starts, and placed in two others, with her only unplaced run coming in the Listed Welcome Stakes ...
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Battle Time
Breeder-owner Allan Hayward reckons he had a justifiable reason for missing Battle Time's first-up run in June, he was getting married. With Battle Time engaged for the Preferment @ Brighthill Farm 1200 at Te Rapa on Saturday, Hayward and his wife Marcia plan to be on-course but that will depend on his other love, his Rotorangi dairy farm. "We're hoping to be there but we've just started calving and the cows have to come first so we'll just see," Hayward said. Either way, Hayward will be sure to catch Battle Time's race, his passion for his racehorses as undiminished as ...
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Hellyer Suspended After Eagle Farm Ride
Jockey Michael Hellyer has been suspended for 21 days for failing to ride short-priced favourite Amiche to the line at Eagle Farm.Amiche ($1.35) finished third behind Woman of Gold and La Jument in race four on Wednesday.There was a nose between Amiche and La Jument for second.Stewards found Hellyer guilty of failing to ride his mount out to the end of the Class 3 Handicap (1200m), an action which they believe cost the David Vandyke-trained Amiche second place.Hellyer was suspended from midnight on July 22 to the same time on August 12 ...
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Campbell Rawiller
Campbell Rawiller gets an opportunity to cap his success in this season's Rising Stars Series for apprentices in Victoria when he rides Beauty Bolt for trainer Grahame Begg in the final race of the series at Flemington.Rawiller, son of prominent Sydney jockey Nash Rawiller, is in his first season of race riding and has an unassailable lead in the points standings in the Rising Stars Series.The series comprises 24 apprentice-only races around the state during the season, culminating at Flemington on Saturday.Points are awarded on a 12-6-4-2-1 basis for top-five finishes in each race.Rawiller has already won three of the ...
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Aidan O'Brien
Passion can benefit from the absence of Love in the Irish Oaks at the Curragh on Saturday and give Aidan O’Brien his sixth win in the race ...
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Sweet Thomas
Sydney trainer Matthew Smith has decided to take up the challenge of inching closer to a Melbourne Cup start sending Sweet Thomas to Melbourne.A ban is in place for horses having raced in Victoria entering NSW, but that has not deterred Smith who is prepared to leave Sweet Thomas in Melbourne following Saturday's race.Sweet Thomas runs in the Flemington Cup 1849, a race that has been staged just once previously, not at Flemington, but in paddocks surrounding the Flemington Inn, just up the road from the now famous course 171 years ago.The Victoria Racing Club revived the Flemington Cup 1849 ...
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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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