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The Biggest Horse Racing Events Around the World 0

Posted on October 18, 2019 by David Hay

One of the original forms of gambling was heading down to the tracks and betting on the horses. Each year, hundreds of people travel to these highly anticipated events to witness some of the most exciting horse races. The history of horse racing in England goes back as far as the 17th century when Charles II established Newmarket as the headquarters of English horse racing; although the oldest racecourse is in Chester.

Horse racing betting and events around the world are still just as popular today, with the industry turning over £4.32 million in 2018. As time has gone on, these iconic horse racing events have become a staple in our calendars every year. Here are some of the most popular events from across the globe.

Royal Ascot

Queen Anne opened this iconic venue in 1711, and since then, a member from the Royal family has attended every year. Most famous for her colourful attendance is our current monarch, Queen Elizabeth II – who has had a known interest in horses since childhood and is often found amongst betting markets, with regards to what color she will be wearing for the occasion.

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Posted on June 17, 2019 by Tom Raine

Held for more than 3 centuries and traditionally associated with the British Royal family, Royal Ascot is a race meeting that certainly doesn’t lack in glamour. The event lasts for five days and enforces a strict dress code for both men and women, which proves the importance of the Royal Ascot traditions.

Away from the top hats and tails, Royal Ascot brings you the best flat equine action from anywhere around the world with top-class horses from Ireland, UK, France, America and even Asia taking part in the five day spectacular that is Royal Ascot.

Find all you need to know for your Royal Ascot tips on Betopin.com

Royal Ascot Highlights

Day 1

Day one of Royal Ascot kicks off with the Group 1 Queen Anne Stakes where the best one-mile horses aged 4 or over in the world come to together to clash over the straight mile of Ascot. The betting on this is sometimes extremely close at the top because most years you can have battle hardened winners coming to clash with the best 3-year old’s of last season which usually includes the previous year’s 2000 Guineas winner.

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A Brief Look at the History of Horse Racing in Australia 1

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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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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Will Aidan O’Brien Continue 2,000 Guineas Success? 0

Posted on May 04, 2018 by Greg Wilson

Aidan O’Brien has enjoyed great success at the 2,000 Guineas, winning the event more times than any other trainer in the history of the prestigious race. The Irishman has claimed victory eight times during his career and could be on course for his ninth triumph at Newmarket.

Gustav Klimt and Saxon Warrior are the leading contenders for the crown. Both horses are from O’Brien’s yard and are quality competitors. However, a lot can still happen between now and the start of the race, therefore, it’s worth tracking Betfair’s racing news to keep up with their progress as well as today’s horse racing tips to keep the mind sharp for future punts. We’ll now look back at O’Brien’s wins at the Guineas to see whether that resulted in success for his charges later in the term.

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Source: RP Weekender via Twitter

First Triumph

King of Kings brought the Irishman his first triumph at the Guineas in 1998. The bay stallion had form entering the race, having won three titles the previous season. The three-year-old made a steady start to the event with Michael Kinane in the saddle before making his move with one furlong left in the contest. He surged down the straight to claim the win ahead of Lend A Hand by one-and-a-quarter lengths. The Irish horse competed at Epsom Downs in The Derby but could not produce the same level of form before a knee injury forced him to retire.

Rock of Gibraltar

The horse was a pure stud and inhabited the winning nature of his owner Sir Alex Ferguson. He had won four titles in the previous campaign, including the Dewhurst Stakes. Rock of Gibraltar was not considered the favorite for the event but he produced a fine run to claim the victory in 2002. It was a closely-fought race, edging the favourite Hawk Wing by a neck. He went on to great success in the rest of the season, adding the Irish 2,000 Guineas, Sussex Stakes and Prix du Moulin de Longchamp to his list of victories. Read the rest of this entry →

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