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A Brief Look at the History of Horse Racing in Australia 2

Posted on June 11, 2019 by Sherry Jane Smith

Australia is known for its exceptional lineage of thoroughbreds and with good reason. There’s a rich history behind the sport of horse racing in the country that dates as far back as the formation of Australia as fledgling colony.

If you’re interested in learning about the roots of Australian horse racing, then read on.

The Introduction of Thoroughbred Horses to Australia

Once the first settlement in Australia was established in 1788, the colonists introduced a small population of horses that consisted of one stallion, a colt, and five mares. The breeding of these animals was slow, with only two hundred horses accounted for by the turn of the century.

By 1810, there was a boom in their population, totalling over a thousand horses by this time. Prior to this, the Australian government began importing thoroughbreds from Cape Town and India, introducing stronger horse breeds into their current stock. Two of the most notable imported breeds that began the trend were the Rockingham and Northumberland thoroughbreds.

This was an auspicious start to Australia’s horse racing tradition as the bloodhorse population began to swell in the following decades. Strong lineages like Manto and Malua have been produced since the 1800s and still continue to produce champions to this day.

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What are the Different Types of Horse Racing that you can bet on? 1

Posted on April 23, 2019 by Avinash Pathak

Churchill Downs Betting on your mind? Well, before that you need to know the different types of horse racing to place a bet on. So, read on!

Being one of the oldest sports in existence, many competitive horse races have been held throughout the history. Horse racing, undoubtedly has evolved over the years, but the basic idea is somewhat the same. And today it is incredibly popular, and is considered as a major sport in various parts of the world.

But the popularity of the sport is due to its association with betting. Horse racing and betting have always been naturally linked, and betting on the result of races is traditionally an integral part of a day at the racetrack. Modern day horse racing industry rests on betting in fact, as it leads to a significant percentage of sport’s funding. Therefore, ageless allure for horse race betting together with betting aspects of the sport ensures that all types of horse racing thrive into the foreseeable future. So let us now take a round-up of various horse races that you can bet on that are still in play today:

  • Thoroughbred Racing

Thoroughbred racing is considered as one of the most popular type of horse racing over its competitors by a considerable margin. For around hundreds of years, thoroughbreds have proved to be a marvel to all the sports enthusiasts on the basis of speed and power. The horses are trained in racing on flat and mostly round tracks. While racing, Thoroughbreds are mostly controlled by jockeys but the other significant factors in the thoroughbred racing includes trainers, who look after the horse’s exercise, feeding and training regimens to prepare them for the actual race.

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Picking The Right Kentucky Derby Hero 1

Posted on April 10, 2019 by Dara Cruz

The Kentucky Derby will hold its 145th edition on May 04, 2019 in the dirt track of Churchill Downs, Louisville, Kentucky. All horse racing fans are expecting to see a lot of three-year-old thoroughbred racers to compete in the Grade 1 Stakes category. This year’s edition of the Kentucky Derby will also hold the toughest contenders of horse racers across the country.

While there are lots of options to look and choose who should be the real Kentucky winner is, it important that you bet for the odds you think will be in favor. It is true that there are several factors you need to consider especially when picking the right horse winner. By simply doing your research while we are a few weeks away from Kentucky will still help you in taking part in profitable betting.

Hence, as you go along and do your research in line with the probability and statistics of winning of your horse entry, we’d like to add up some essential ingredients you can apply to make sure you pick the right Kentucky Derby winner. These tips will also ensure you that you can take part in a more bankable type of betting. Let’s get it started!

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Tiger Roll has chance to make history at 2019 Grand National 1

Posted on March 28, 2019 by Samantha Miles

One of the most iconic sporting events of the year is upon us – the Grand National. In horse racing terms it’s the biggest of the lot, with punters all around the world tuning in for what usually tends to be an incredible spectacle and a must-watch event, even for onlookers who aren’t usually into horse racing.

Held at Aintree racecourse in Liverpool, England, it’s a handicap steeplechase over 6.907 km with horses jumping 30 fences over two laps, with the winner receiving the most lucrative payout of any horse racing event anywhere in Europe, bringing home a staggering £1million in 2018.

With the 172nd edition of the race fast approaching, many punters are planning their long-term predictions in order to secure their bets and make a more profitable return in the process. There’s plenty of value to be found in the Grand National, partly because there are so many runners and any horse can reign supreme on the day, although that does make it incredibly hard to predict too.

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Top 5 Tournaments That Celebrate the Spirit of Horse Racing 0

Posted on March 16, 2019 by Craig Evans

The ancient spectacle of horse racing hasn’t essentially changed in the past 3000 years—but the settings sure have. If you don’t count chariots, the sport of flat racing has reached its zenith in the modern era. There are full seasons and championships across the globe, with billions of gambling dollars following the thunder of hoofs.

A few truly epic spectator events highlight each season. Each of these race meetings are international happenings that feature the best horses and jockeys, and each shines with its own unique flavor. The excitement and drama of these events not only help keep the love of horses alive in our technological age, these top competitions are poised to continue exciting the public imagination for many years to come.

The following 5 top horse racing meetings are listed according to their annual calendar date:

The Dubai World Cup

The Dubai World Cup is the youngest race meeting on our list, and is run annually on the last Saturday in March. It began in 1996 as the world’s richest horse race and will hit $12 million in 2019. There are eight Thoroughbred races and–unusually–a contest for purebred Arabians.

The race is already a favorite of many fans, and has become the biggest sporting and social event in Dubai. As with many top races, there is a heavy fashion component to the celebration. The Dubai World Cup is held on the new Meydan Racecourse which has the world’s first track-side hotel, offering luxury spectating from your own room.

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Gone but not forgotten: 5 lost races of the Cheltenham Festival 0

Posted on March 03, 2019 by David Hay
The history of the Cheltenham Festival dates back more than 150 years.

Cheltenham hasn’t always been the location for the festival, with both Market Harborough and Warwick racecourses hosting the event in the 19th century. Since 1911, the permanent home of the festival has been Cheltenham’s Prestbury Park, although it had been held at Cheltenham on a few occasions prior to this.

The Cheltenham Festival always sees plenty of closely fought races, and the Cheltenham odds certainly suggest that this year will be no different. There are plenty of races to focus on at this year’s event, but what about races which no longer exist? We’ve taken a look at five of the races that are no longer run at Cheltenham.

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  • Vintage Athlete of the Month

    • Rocky Colavito: Super Slugger
      March 30, 2020 | 7:24 pm
      Rocky Colavito

      The Sports Then and Now Vintage Athlete of the Month was just the fifth player in Major League Baseball history to have 11 straight seasons with 20 or more home runs, yet could not sustain that greatness long enough to earn a spot in the Baseball Hall of Fame.

      In some sense, the legend of Rocco “Rocky” Colavito Jr. began long before he ever started pounding home runs at the major league level.

      Born and raised as a New York Yankees fan in The Bronx, Colavito was playing semipro baseball before he was a teenager and dropped out of high school at 16 after his sophomore year to pursue a professional career. The major league rule at the time said a player could not sign with a pro team until his high school class graduated, but after sitting out for one year, Colavito was allowed to sign at age 17.

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