Friday’s Investec Oaks preview and tips

Investec Oaks preview and tips – horse-by-horse guide Sportinglife.com

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What Dictates How Fast You’re Paid Out on a Bet?

When it comes to betting on the horses, there’s no doubting that the rise of online gambling has ensured it’s never been easier. Whereas once we were limited to bookies alongside the track, we now have access to dozens – if not hundreds – of betting outlets right at our fingertips.

It’s led to a situation where there’s more information than ever before, better odds than we’ve ever seen and more control than we’ve had in previous decades. It’s great, but one area where online gambling falls behind though is in how you cash in your winnings.

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With a physical bookmaker there’s rarely an issue, simply wander up with your ticket and collect your winnings. For larger sums, there may be a small delay but in general, you can expect your money within a few hours – at the very most.

Online gambling, however, typically sticks you with a pretty frustrating delay – often up to 72 hours before your withdrawal hits your bank account. For those of us who regularly flit between multiple bookmakers in search of the best odds, the process of waiting multiple days to receive our winnings can be a real killer.

But what is it exactly that slows down your withdrawals and is there a method to reliably improve the speeds? Let’s take a look.

What Affects Withdrawal Time?

While it’s true that some websites are better than others when it comes to withdrawal times, the biggest factor in how fast your withdrawals come through is actually the payment method you opt for. We all know that fast payouts are important, but how fast they are is often not up to the bookie but to the payment processor.

By far the most common payment method used is bank transfers and card payments, but this also the slowest thanks to the large numbers of transactions banks complete every day. Checking the validity of payments isn’t too quick on their end, and so payments typically take between one and three days to complete.

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However, if you’re using the likes of Skrill or another e-wallet like Neteller, payments are almost instant following approval from your bookmaker. It’s why we always recommend making the shift to an e-wallet when you’re gambling online.

Another major element which can slow down your withdrawal time is the details linked to your account. If any information is missing, like age verification, the bookmaker will halt your withdrawal until you can sort the details out. As such, it’s always worth making sure your documents are up to date and you’ve supplied your bookie with whatever information they require.

Perhaps the most common reason for your withdrawal being halted though comes from the strong anti-fraud measures in place at online bookmakers. By tracking the IP addresses you use to access their website, they can get an idea of where and when you access their services.

If your account is spotted doing something suspicious, like betting from a completely new location and device, the bookmaker may well put a halt on your account. It’s a similar sort of protection method that your bank undertakes, so it’s not particularly out of the ordinary.

How to Avoid Withdrawal Delays

Here are our top tips for avoiding withdrawal delays:

  • Make use of an e-wallet for deposits and withdrawals to cut out bank processing times and enjoy almost instant withdrawals
  • Ensure your details are up to date with your bookmaker, with valid ID and details supplied
  • Try to avoid making bets on computers and phones which are unfamiliar, as this can raise red flags with bookmakers.

And that’s it! Get out there and enjoy your ultra-fast withdrawal speeds.

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British Horse Racing Marketing Targets True Fans Among Youth

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Trainer Aidan O’Brien Sets Record Group 1 Wins

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More Than a Horse Race: The King George Festival at Ascot

The King George Festival at Ascot is one of the most important weekends on the British Flat racing calendar and the atmosphere is always lively and colorful. Next weekend’s signature race, the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes (or the “King George” as it is informally called), commemorates Her Majesty The Queen’s late parents and typically attracts many of horse racing’s most acclaimed champions. This year will see 2015 winner Postponed attempt to become only the third dual winner of the event after Dahlia (1973, 1974) and Swain (1997, 1998). The Luca Cumani-trained colt looks primed for the feat after besting the field by 4 ½ lengths at the Queen Elizabeth Coronation Cup at Epsom on June 4.

A Short History of The King George and Queen Elizabeth Stakes

In 1946 a 2 mile race for 3 year olds was established at Ascot and named for King George VI. Two years later a second event, named after the King’s consort Queen Elizabeth, was created. It was held at Ascot in July and covered a distance of 1 ½ miles. In 1951 Major John Crocker Bulteel, Clerk of the Course at Ascot, was keen to create a 1 ½ mile race for horses aged 3 years and older. He wanted this race to have international significance and attract only the top horses. As such he combined the King George VI with the Queen Elizabeth and The King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes were born.

In its early days the race was not commercially sponsored. That changed however in 1972 when De Beers began what would become more than 30 years as primary sponsor of the event. In recognition of De Beers’ sponsorship, and with Queen Elizabeth’s consent, the name of the race was changed in 1975 to The King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes. When the De Beers sponsorship run came to an end following the 2006 festival the name of the race resumed its traditional configuration.

With a purse in excess of £1,000,000 the King George is the second richest horse race in Britain (after the Epsom Derby), the de facto European mid-season, middle distance championship as well as an integral part of the Breeder’s Cup Challenge series.

The Festival

King George weekend at Ascot is more than a single race however. While it doesn’t have quite the panache of Royal Ascot in June it is nonetheless a major social event and one of great heritage and prestige. With Windsor Castle a scant 6 miles from the venue, members of the Royal Family regularly attend and the global thoroughbred community is also well-represented.

As July is typically the warmest and sunniest month of the English year King George weekend presents the perfect occasion for a picnic on the lawn amid tranquil breezes and fresh air. The dress code is smart and conservative – jacket, collared shirt and tie for men; no bare chests, shorts or trainers for anyone – as is fitting for the traditional English garden party setting. Of course glamorous, high fashion hats abound.

  • Friday this year will see a six-race card which includes the prestigious John Guest Brown Jack Stakes (named for the legendary winner of 7 different Royal Meetings) and the Listed Woodcote Stud Valiant Stakes. Guests will also enjoy a wide variety of fine dining experiences including à la carte luncheons and afternoon teas as well as 5-Star dining in the Royal Enclosure.
  • Saturday is highlighted by the annual running of the Group One King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes. Before and after the race guests will enjoy pitch-perfect entertainment amidst a relaxed and inspired atmosphere to make for a day none will soon forget.

The Race

Far be it from us to offer horse racing tips but this year’s King George is shaping up to be one for the ages. 39 top-class entries are scheduled to vie for the winner’s circle including 14 3-year olds, a slew of 4-year olds and last year’s champion the now 5-year old Postponed; who seeks to postpone retirement by becoming only the third dual champion in the history of the King George.

Ireland will be well-represented with 14 entries lead by Investec Derby champion Harzand who aspires to become the first colt to capture the Derby/King George double since Galileo accomplished the feat in 2001.

Saddling paddock at Royal Ascot on race day.

Saddling paddock at Royal Ascot on race day. Copyright Karen Foley.

Perpetual contender Khalid Abdullah is represented this year with 3 entries, including last year’s Prix du Jockey Club winner New Bay and up-and-comer Exosphere.

Other horses to watch include Gold Cup favorite Order of St George, 2,000 Guineas winner The Gurkha and impressive filly (and Epsom Oaks victor) Minding with her blazing speed and signature 4 white socks. The Grey Gatsby, Elite Army, Eagle Top and Wings of Desire will also make their bid for thoroughbred immortality.

The King George Festival offers something for every lover of top-class, traditional entertainment from 5-Star dining to world class racing to the fun and flair of fashion. Don’t miss July’s premier social and sporting event: The King George Festival at Ascot: July 15 & 16.

 

Article by Chris Herbert who is a guest writer for SBAT.com.