Mario Gutierrez seeks first B.C. Derby win at Hastings

Mario Gutierrez may have two jewels of horse racing’s triple crown to his name as well as local fame from his time at Hastings Racecourse, but the noted jockey hasn’t yet won his adopted province’s biggest race: the B.C. Derby.

The 32-year-old Gutierrez aims to change that this weekend astride a Five Star General.

Saturday’s B.C. Derby and B.C. Oaks races will be the best day of racing at Hastings Racecourse in years, says horse owner Glen Todd. Todd has horses in four stakes races, but it’s the B.C. Derby that will be the most hotly contested, with a thriller of a field competing for the $250,000 purse.

“Anybody could win,” said Todd.

Two-time Kentucky Derby-winning jockey and Hastings hero Gutierrez will be riding for Todd in the B.C. Derby. And while Gutierrez, now based in Santa Anita, Calif., is also a Preakness Stakes winner, he’s never won the B.C. Derby.

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68k Attend Hong Kong Racing at Sha Tin

Hong Kong horse racingPositive start to Hong Kong’s 2019/20 season

Hong Kong’s 2019/20 season opened today, Sunday, 1 September, with an enthusiastic crowd of 68,271 cheering on their sporting heroes in an atmosphere of positivity at Sha Tin racecourse.

Race goers roared loudest for 13-time champion jockey Douglas Whyte, who saddled his first winner as a trainer.

Mr. Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges, the Hong Kong Jockey Club’s Chief Executive Officer, said: “We know that we are in challenging times here in Hong Kong but I found it very encouraging to see the positive energy that was created at the racecourse today.

“The first-race atmosphere, the excited anticipation from the racegoers, was extremely good and the results, from a sporting point of view, were extremely pleasing: It was great to see Douglas Whyte have his first winner with only his second runner.”

The CEO was also delighted with the five successes on the day for Hong Kong’s home-grown riders, all of whom are products of the world renowned HKJC Apprentice Jockeys’ School.

“Our Hong Kong-grown talent has done extremely well today,” he said. “You can see the confidence in Vincent Ho, in how he rides, and it is encouraging for them to win five of the 10 races despite the significant increase in competition from our new arrivals, who also did well today without winning.”

Turnover was HK$1.28 billion, while the attendance was the fourth highest in the last 25 years.

“We are very pleased to see the total attendance at 68,000 – that is a positive outcome and exceeded the expectation I had,” Mr. Engelbrecht-Bresges admitted.

“I was really surprised that we could hold up the attendance to this level, which is similar to the crowd we had here on the opening day in 2017. I hope this shows Hong Kong racing is strong and we hope we can continue with this positive momentum.

“The turnover was up by HK$35 million to HK$1.28 billion, and again, I have to admit that I expected it to be much lower today. Our commingling turnover has gone up from HK$158 million on this day last year to over HK$209 million. That shows the competitiveness of the overseas market.”

Mr. Engelbrecht-Bresges thanked the city’s racing fans for the “tremendous support and the resilience they have shown” in a challenging situation. “We have got the first race meeting off the ground with a positive start and that emphasises the strong support we have from our fans. I would also like to thank our staff for their dedication to make this happen” he said.

South Korea emerging as a horse racing hub

Horse racing fans know that lucrative horse races take place in Japan throughout the year. However, another Asian nation is fast emerging as a horse racing hub that is paying out large sums of money to trainers, owners, and jockeys. Horse race fans can visit Pennsylvania online sports betting for the latest events and wager on the horses they believe will win on a race day.

South Korea has become a horse racing hub despite it being a relatively new phenomenon in the country. The Korean Racing Authority amazingly estimates that 13 million South Korean residents attend horse races. That figure represents 25% of South Korea’s total population.

Why is horse racing’s popularity increasing?

Modern horse racing in South Korean made its debut in the 1920s. The horse racing featured the modern betting system in which horse racing around the world features. Although the sport has been present on the peninsula for nearly a century, it has only recently soared to new heights.

South Koreans, as a population, are renowned for supporting their countrymen who find success outside of the peninsula. More South Korean trainers, horses, and owners are participating in races around the globe.

The prestige of South Koreans participating in events outside the country continues to grow interest from those inside the nation. In addition, more South Korean races are attracting top competitors from other countries which is bringing out fans to watch at home racecourses.

Another reason horse racing’s popularity in South Korea is growing is thanks to music. K-Pop music, one of South Korea’s biggest exports, provides a concert-like atmosphere for big race events. The chance to see K-Pop music stars live brings out locals that wouldn’t normally watch horse racing. The KRA has also added theme park rides to the infield of racecourses to make it a family-friendly environment.

South Korea’s most popular horse races

South Korea has two premier horse races that attract the eyes of the nation. The races hold the same prestige as the Grand National and Cheltenham Festival in England or the Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes in the United States.

The Korea Cup and the Korea Sprint are the country’s most famous races. The races are both held at the country’s top racecourse, the LetsRun Park in Gwacheon, Gyeonggi-do. Both events take place in September with horses over three-years old competing for the illustrious trophies and prize money.

The Korea Cup has a large prize purse of nearly $900,000. The Korea Sprint offers a similar large prize purse with $626,000 up for grabs for the runners.

In 2018, nine different nations were represented during the Korea Autumn Racing Carnival. It is the annual carnival that hosts both the Korea Cup and the Korea Sprint. Horses and race teams from the USA, United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Hong Kong, Singapore, United Arab Emirates, and Japan all participated at the carnival.

Race days in South Korea are fun-filled days that are more than just watching horse racing. While they may not have the pomp and circumstance of top races in England and the US, they offer locals something special. The Korean Cup and Korea Sprint also provide large prize purses to competitors.

Crystal Ocean Headlines G1 Juddmonte International on Wed. Morning

Breeders’ Cup Turf Prep on Tap

The world’s highest-rated horse, Crystal Ocean, will face eight rivals in the Aug. 21 Juddmonte International Stakes (G1) at York.

Trained by Sir Michael Stoute, Crystal Ocean will face high-class 3-year-olds King of ComedyCircus Maximus, and Japan on the opening day of the Welcome to Yorkshire Ebor Festival in a contest with a purse in excess of £1 million. As expected, Enable, who has Thursday’s Yorkshire Oaks (G1) as her target, will not run in the 1 5/16-mile test.

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Enable may go straight to Arc and Career Finale, says Trainer John Gosden

There might be just one race left in Enable’s career, following what seemed a significant hint from John Gosden that the great mare might not run again before the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe in October. The Newmarket trainer reported early signs that she is recovering well from Saturday’s […]

“She’ll tell us what she wants to do,” Gosden said in a phone-in interview on Racing TV on Sunday morning. “She’s very expressive. We talked about it yesterday, actually, with Teddy Grimthorpe as well, whether we go to York or whether we just go straight to the Arc. I think we’ll start making those decisions in the next week.

“I think the key thing is whether she goes to York or whether we do the other thing, just freshen her up, and she runs well fresh, and bring her up to the Arc without having taken any risks in going anywhere else.”

The allusions to risks and to Enable running well when fresh suggest that Gosden is minded to skip a trip to York, which would require the mare to race again less than four weeks after her Ascot exertions. Cutting out York and going straight to Longchamp would allow her 10 weeks between races. William Hill was the first bookmaker to react, pushing Enable out to a top price of 11-8 for the Juddmonte International, while other firms still have her at odds-on…

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The Best Horse Race Betting Strategies

UK Epsom Downs Horse race betting is the bread and butter of sports betting. Originally a popular sport to bet on in the UK, horse race betting has later spread across the world. The popularity of horse race betting is fueled by exciting races. No matter if it’s a minor or major event, horse races are always exciting, unlike other sports which can be a bit bland and boring. This, along with the unpredictable races, is what makes horse race betting so thrilling.

 

However, horse race betting isn’t as straightforward as betting on football for example. It’s a bit more complicated and requires knowing a thing or two about the horses, track, and horse race betting in general for you to win. Once you master the trade, all you need to do is polish your skills and learn a few betting strategies to call yourself a pro.

 

Bookies in the UK allow punters to bet on a variety of horse racing events. They also offer specials such as best odds guaranteed and a slew of no deposit free bets that can boost your bank account nicely. You can see the latest free bet no deposit offers here and choose what suits you best – there are plenty of great options to pick from. Once you claim your free bet, you can use it on major events such as the Kentucky Derby and place exotic bets that may lead to potentially stunning wins.

Before you make money with horse race betting, though, we suggest you learn the following horse race betting strategies.

 

Dutching

Dutching is a popular and quite complex betting strategy that involves sizing up the possibilities of different outcomes. In short, it ensures a profit by betting on several different outcomes regardless of what horse wins. If you, for example, have two selections and you know how much money you want to place, you’ll probably be tempted to place two equal bets. However, with dutching, you can use advanced math models to properly calculate the return for each selection and split the stake to cover both outcomes while ensuring profit.

 

Although quite a popular horse racing betting strategy, dutching involves quite a lot of math, so it’s not suitable for beginners. Still, it offers a solid and safe return of investment, which is why so many punters love it.

 

Laying the Favourite

This strategy involves betting against the favourite in a betting exchange. Although it may look like it goes against every basic principle in betting, it’s quite a profitable strategy if used correctly. Did you know that gambling statistics show that only a third of favourites win races? There’s no such thing as a safe bet, so if you get the math right, you might be better off with underdogs in major horse race events.

 

Of course, to make this strategy work, you’ll have to lay against a favourite with odds of 3/1 or below – anything higher than that can damage your bank. Knowing handicaps is very important as well since it’ll help you identify the underdogs. Finally, you also need to know when not to lay the favourite. This is why experts recommend sticking to Grade 1 races since bookies offer more in-depth information of the competitors, which in short means you’ll be able to find a weak favourite easier.

 

Value Betting

Value betting is a general strategy that works on any sport, not just horse racing. It involves spotting a so-called value bet or a bet that has a higher chance of winning than what the bookie’s odds indicate. To spot such a bet you’ll need a bit of experience and you’ll also need to master your handicapping skills.

 

Once you learn how to spot a good value bet and trust us, there are many, you can maximize your profits pretty easily.

Major Horse Races & Events In The United Kingdom & Ireland

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Horse racing has always been a bettor’s paradise. The thoroughbred scene in the United Kingdom and Ireland showcases some of the best races in the world. With a season that spans from March to December, there is no shortage of action throughout the year. With some races dating back hundreds of years, it comes as no surprise that these sporting events are near and dear to their countries’ hearts. Many of the races are seen as focal points in both the social and sporting calendars in both the United Kingdom and Ireland. It’s no wonder people are flocking to the gates or their computers to place their bets, you can get better at your placing bets by looking for racing tips at sites like Horse-Betting.Pro. Every horse racing event offers up something unique and entertaining to fans of the sport, but the following list features some of the best-regarded and most popular in the UK & Ireland.

The Royal Ascot

The well-known event is held every year in June, and will always attract droves of celebrities, royalty as well as well-dressed men, women, and children who are all wanting in on the fun and the opportunity to catch the eye of some the world’s most influential. The Queen has also attended the Royal Ascot every year during her reign – so that may indicate how good it is!

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The Grand National

The Grand National is widely regarded as the biggest horse racing showcase in the British Isles. It has earned a reputation as one of the most challenging steeplechases in the world due to the distance of the race and the larger-than-average obstacles that stand between the competitors and the finish line.

Champion Hurdle

After something of a lull in February as runners are fine-tuned for Cheltenham, day one of the Festival has the Champion Hurdle as its feature race. It is quite simply the most prestigious of all the hurdling events in the calendar, it is a Grade 1 National Hunt race ran over 2 miles and 87 yards in which competitors are required to clear eight hurdles, the horses shift it around the Old Course at this famous venue.

Epsom Derby

Epsom Derby is one of the most entertaining summer celebrations in Britain, with a host of different prizes and dedicated days for visitors in addition to the races themselves. The Derby takes place over just two days in June, but the pace of the races is ruthless and is a huge test of stamina as well as speed for the horses. The event has a £1.5 million purse and is one of the richest horse races in Britain.

Cheltenham Festival

Fans from all over the world head to the Cheltenham Festival each year, which takes place in March and is one of the most important events in the world for horse racing. The race that tops them all at the Festival, the Gold Cup sits at the pinnacle of jump racing, both in terms of prestige and prize money.

Five Irish Meetings for Horse Racing Fans in Ireland

Five summer meetings for horse racing fansThe tradition of summer racing at Bellewstown dates back centuries.  Background: Bellewstown Racecourse, on the Hill of Crockafotha in Co Meath, is beautifully situated in a rural setting with views of the Mourne Mountains and the Irish Sea. There are two festivals, …

Killarney July Festival

Background: A picturesque track overlooking the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks, the first three days of the meeting take place in the evening, with flat racing on the Monday and mixed on Tuesday and Wednesday. Ladies’ day, on the Thursday, is exclusively national hunt. Racing on Thursday and Friday is a day-time affair.

When: It takes place from July 15th-19th inclusive.

History: Racing at Killarney dates back to 1822 and was described in glowing terms some 20 years later by …

William Hill to Close About 700 Betting Shops in UK

Wednesday’s news that William Hill will close about 700 betting shops over the next few months, around a third of its retail estate, puts the jobs of 4,500 company staff at risk (and up to 12,000 in the industry) and will also mean a cut of around £21m in media rights payments to Britain’s racecourses, on top of an unexpected £17m drop in the money collected by the Levy Board in 2018-19, which was revealed in May.

Only the staff who are going to lose their jobs can be seen as unfortunate or blameless, however, as the 15-year story of the disastrous decision to allow high-speed, high-stakes roulette into Britain’s betting shops draws towards what was always likely to be a painful conclusion.

William Hill, along with the other major chains, was allowed to suck billions of pounds from what were already deprived areas the length and breadth of Britain, when Labour’s 2005 Gambling Act legitimised the gaming machines which they had been quietly introducing to their shops for ….

Royal Ascot Meeting Fit for a Queen

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June 17 (UPI) — It’s the event around which the Her Majesty the Queen structures her year, the week that lures Thoroughbred champions from around the world, the week that pits the best against the best and makes heroes and champions.

It evolved long before the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, World Cup night in Dubai, the Turf World Championships in Hong Kong — in fact, centuries before any of those.

Yes, indeed. It’s the Royal Meeting at Ascot, a short train ride west from London and a long trip back in time. Racing was first conducted at the site in 1711 and that heritage is honored to this day.

The meeting starts Tuesday and runs through Saturday, with eight Group 1 races scattered throughout and plenty more action elsewhere on the card. Fashion counts, too, especially in the Royal Enclosure where the Queen alights from her carriage each day and pays close attention to the racing. As well she might. As keen a horsewoman as she is steadfast a monarch, Queen Elizabeth II has owned 23 Royal Ascot winners, dating back to 1952.

William Haggas, who admits to having “a lot of horses for Her Majesty the Queen,” said at the event preview, “I’ve had no luck for her at Royal Ascot yet. But to try and win a race there would be big stuff for us and we try hard to do so.” He will field the Queen’s Magnetic Charm in the Coronation Stakes and Seniority in the Royal Hunt Cup…