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…

Hockey Legend Eddie Olczyk adds Royal Ascot horse racing to increasing list of NBC duties

Blackhawks analyst Eddie Olczyk adds Royal Ascot horse racing to increasing list of NBC dutiesBlackhawks analyst Eddie Olczyk Will be Live from Royal Ascot Next Week

Eddie Olczyk already bounces back and forth during the spring between the NHL playoffs and horse racing’s Triple Crown.

Now he’s adding a new stop on his pucks and ponies tour.

Olczyk will go from the broadcast booth at Boston’s TD Garden for Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final to Ascot Racecourse in England to work his first Royal Ascot. He and fellow American Britney Eurton will join British broadcaster Nick Luck for the NBC Sports telecast of the horse racing festival, which runs from June 18-22.

“It is their biggest stage, you could argue, across the pond,” Olczyk told The Associated Press on Tuesday. “I’ll get fitted for my tails and my top hat and get to work on Friday and Saturday.”

Olczyk isn’t worried about …

Industry Profile: European Trainer John Gosden

A trainer to rulers, royals and billionaires

In the sport of kings, John Gosden is a trainer to rulers, royals and the richest in the horse-racing industry.

The 68-year-old is seen by many as the antidote to the Coolmore and Godolphin operations, breaking their hegemony to win some of the world’s biggest races from the Epsom Derby to the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe — his Enable is the two-time reigning champion.

It is all a far cry from the economics graduate who tried and failed to get a job in the City of London after leaving Cambridge University in a time of economic crisis.

Instead, he turned to training against the advice of his father, John “Towser” Gosden, himself a trainer.

“That was the last thing he said to me,” recalls the Newmarket, UK-based Gosden. “That it’s seven days a week and nearly 52 weeks. That was when there was much less racing and horses. He had 40 in his yard and said that was plenty. Now we have 150 to 200.

“If he came back now, he would say we’re mad. The pace of life has moved on, everyone needs instant gratification, there’s so much tracks and channels.

“We’re in a world where people don’t stop to think, it’s just go, go, go. If you don’t compete every day, you’re like a mouse trying to get back on the wheel, you’ll just fly back off.”

Learn about the Japanese Derby

The Stakes Stands Out as One of Racing’s big events

…The Derby is one of the greatest races on the Japanese horse racing calendar, and attendance figures on the day invariably top the 100,000 mark. It represents the second leg of the Triple Crown, after the Satsuki-sho (or Japanese 2,000 Guineas) earlier in the spring, and the final race of the series in autumn, the Kikka-sho (or Japanese St. Leger).

The race starts in front of the packed grandstands, and after taking in just over a circuit of the turf track (the race distance is 2,400 meters), the winning colt on Sunday will flash past the winning post to claim a Derby victory, in probably a little over 2 minutes and 20 seconds, and will become the proud recipient of all the glory that goes with a Classic win, as well as the ¥200 million winner’s check. The post-race ceremony for the winner and connections can really drive home the meaning of what it is to win the race.

The first Japanese Derby was run at Meguro Racecourse in Tokyo in 1932 and was won by a horse called Wakataka. It wasn’t long after that construction started on the racecourse at Fuchu, and since the early ’30s, this has been the spiritual home of Japanese horse racing, hosting other big races like the Emperor’s Cup (Tenno-sho), the Japan Cup and the Yasuda Kinen, as well as the Derby. Japan is lucky enough to enjoy a buoyant horse racing industry, with breeding farms in Hokkaido playing a big part, and in recent years, attendances at racecourses have been increasing, together with sales turnover. Japan-bred horses are known to the world, and just in the past few months, the filly Almond Eye scored a big win in Dubai, and Master Fencer ran a strong race in the Kentucky Derby to finish sixth.

Domestically though, the Derby is one of the big ones, and it’s just about everybody’s dream to win it. A Derby winner would always be considered something special, particularly when it comes to breeding after the horse’s racing career is over. A case in point is the great Deep Impact, who thrilled racing fans during his reign at the top, winning 12 out of a total of 14 races while gracing the racecourse, including the Derby in 2005. He invariably weighed less than 450 kg, but to see his turn of foot and him picking off his rivals down the home straight in a race has to be one of the greatest sights in modern Japanese racing. Fittingly, he has been the leading sire in Japan for the last seven years.

An Inside Look at Dubai World Cup night at Meydan

On Saturday March 30, I was lucky enough to attend the Dubai World Cup at Meydan – the richest race meeting on the planet.

Here is my review of the experience…

Location/course – 9/10

The Meydan racecourse is a 15-20 minute drive from the main hub. It takes slightly longer though if you have the Dubai version of Mr Bean driving your bus, as we did on Saturday. The course itself is an absolute behemoth, with the Meydan Hotel directly adjacent to the grandstand. Punters staying in the hotel can watch the action from their rooms if they don’t fancy wandering 200m down the road.

We were based in the press room on level 5, in line with the winning post, which provided a decent view of the track. The general public area down on the ground stretches for about 200m from the 400m to the furlong marker. Part of that area is what was formerly known as the ‘international village’ – a section with various bars, heavily-populated by foreigners. The grandstand wasn’t much to look at during the day but once the sun went down, it took on a much more visually appealing state.