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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 →

What is the Grand National Charity Bet? 0

Posted on February 13, 2018 by Barrie Smith

grandnat1With the big day just around the corner, there’s going to be a lot of punters looking to get some money involved with Grand National 2018 betting. Of course, if you’re looking to make your money back, it couldn’t hurt to check out the Betfair Grand National tips to see who the favourite is. Of course, not all bets made at the Grand National are solely for the sake of winning money. Some of the bets are placed with the intention of raising money for charity. One specific, and very appropriate, charity: the Injured Jockey’s Fund.

The Injured Jockey’s Fund first appeared in the 1960’s under the influence of John Oaksey. Well, his full name was John Geoffrey Tristram Lawrence, 4th Baron Trevethin and 2nd Baron Oaksey, but for obvious reasons he went by John Oaksey. Oaksey came from nobility but became a jockey because he really enjoyed riding horses and was encouraged in doing what he loved by his father. Oaksey also worked as the racing correspondent for the Daily Telegraph which meant he could report on his races first hand, including a memorable instance in 1963 where he reported directly on what was happening in a race that he lost by barely a quarter of a length. This reporting is still hailed by some as one of the finest pieces of sports writing in the world. Read the rest of this entry →

Everything You Need to Know about the Cox Plate 0

Posted on September 15, 2017 by Roland Fuller

Cox-PlateThe W.S. Cox Plate is one of the highlights of the Australian Spring Racing Calendar: the exceptional Moonee Valley circuit overlooks the city’s skyline and puts race goers as close to the action as is possible. The race, dubbed as one in which legends are made, is run over weight-for-age conditions, and stands as Australia’s premier horse racing event.

Mark the Date, Horse Racing Fans

The Cox Plate is set to take place on Saturday the 28th of October this year, the second day of the two-day carnival that Moonee Valley race track puts together, along with the Group One Manikato Stakes, run over 1 200 meters, the night before the Cox Plate. Eight races will be run on the Friday evening, and then ten more the following day. So, whatever you have in mind for this year’s race, whether it’s a little Cox Plate betting or just the fun of watching the extravagant race-day outfits and spectacular races, this article outlines everything you need to know. Read the rest of this entry →

Devon Loch Grand National Disaster, 1956 1

Posted on April 14, 2017 by Christina Sommers

Horse-1The day ought to have been another cheerful competition, but destiny had its way by adding an additional Grand National event into the books of history. It was in 1956 with a horse named Devon Loch owned by HM Queen Elizabeth. The name of the Rider was Dick Francis and these characters all made up this historical event.

Dick And The Scars Of Devon Loch

Horse-2Irrespective of having 2 former champions and a forthcoming champion in the steeplechase on this very day, Devon Loch was favored for showing his capability by winning two times that year and being a third runner-up at the Cheltenham that same season. Just as one would have hoped to predict from the horse racing grand national – everything was adding up for a blow at the trophy. There came a boost for his headway when two of the people’s favorites stumbled – leaving just M’as-tu-vu at the forefront and Devon coming sound somewhere in the middle. This horse didn’t encounter any difficulty getting past these obstacles except for when trying to diverge to pass a horse that collapsed before him during the opening circuit. Read the rest of this entry →

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