Learning From Horse Racing Research

Scientific Study on Horses & Injuries in Progress

Preventing injuries is important not only for racehorse health but also jockey safety and public perception, says David Horohov, PhD, chair of the University of Kentucky’s (UK) Department of Veterinary Science and director of the Gluck Equine Research Center, in Lexington. He and his colleagues have been working on a series of studies investigating injury prevention.

An assembled group including James MacLeod, VMD, PhD, and Jennifer Janes, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVP, of the Gluck Center; Laura Kennedy, DVM, Dipl. ACVP, of the UK Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory; and Mary Scollay, DVM, of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, are evaluating injury risks and possible precursors.

Horohov says their research thus far suggests that orthopedic injuries in racehorses are related to long-term effects rather than acute events. “It’s a chronic injury pattern that eventually leads to an acute failure,” he says.

In addition, Horohov and colleagues, including UK’s Allen Page, DVM, PhD, are looking at whether inflammatory changes that occur in racehorses and sport horses indicate a pathologic (causing disease or damage) condition is brewing.

As bones and muscles experience stress during exercise, they undergo microdamage as part of their normal adaptive process. Ideally, this process helps strengthen both bone and muscle. However, if the horse is overtrained or does not adapt well to training, the result is inflammation and potential injury. Horohov and Page have hypothesized that bloodwork should reveal certain inflammatory marker patterns that indicate systemic inflammation caused by early microlesions.

“Some microlesion formation is likely part of the normal remodeling effort,” Horohov says. “It is when the …

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.

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…

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.”

58 horse entered to compete in Marston’s 61 Deep Midlands Grand National

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The Martson’s 61 Deep Midlands Grand National will take place on Saturday, March 16th at Uttoxeter. The 50th anniversary of the race has 58 horses entered. The Midlands Grand National is the top horse race of the year held at Uttoxeter Racecourse. The event is run over four miles and two furlongs as horses race for a piece of the £150,000 prize fund. With 58 competitors entered into the race, there are plenty of options for horse race bettors. Horse race fans can use WV horse betting and wager on the outcome of this year’s exciting Midlands Grand National.

The marquee race held at Uttoxeter attracts top names. Leading trainers from Ireland and Great Britain will descend on the racecourse for the Class 1 chase.

Midlands Grand National – What is it?

The Midlands Grand National is one of the top steeplechase races on the British racing calendar. A number of former winners have gone onto success in the Grand National and the Cheltenham Gold Cup. It ranks as one of the most exciting race days each year due to the top horses, jockeys, and trainers that compete.

The racecourse features 24 jumps and a distance of four miles and two furlongs. Horses five-years old and above can enter the race.

Midlands Grand National – Top Horses

Nineteen of the 58 horses entered into this year’s race carry a BHA rating of 140 or more. Horse racing fans will see some of the most exciting staying steeplechase horses running in the race.

One of the early favourites is Yala Enki. Trained by Venetia Williams, Yala Enki has seven career wins. The horse’s last victory came in November at Bangor. That victory saw Yala Enki take top prize in a three-mile Handicap Chase. Yala Enki holds the highest BHA rating of the horses running at 155.

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Despite holding the highest BHA rating, Yala Enki is not the favourite according to leading sportsbooks. That honour goes to Robinsfirth. The 154-BHA rated horse is trained by Colin Tizzard and goes into Uttoxeter at odds of 8/1, according to top bookmakers.

Midlands Grand National 2018 champion, Regal Flow, finds himself down the odds list of leading bookies. The former winner is 40/1 to win the race for a second straight year. Regal Flow will be joined by 28/1 odds listed horse Milansbar. The Neil King trained horse finished second at last year’s event. It was the second time Milansbar finished as runner-up at the race.

Midlands Grand National – Can Regal Flow repeat as winner?

Regal Flow will attempt to do what no horse has done in the previous 49 editions of the Midlands Grand National. He will try to win it for a second time. No horse has won the race more than once, which may indicate why leading sportsbooks have given Regal Flow such long odds for a former winner.

Trained by Bob Buckler, Regal Flow will be 12-years old when he takes to the Uttoxeter Racecourse. Since winning last year’s edition of the Midlands Grand National, Regal Flow has finished no higher than fifth place in his last six races. Regal Flow last ran in January at Taunton finishing fifth. Buckler will hope his 12-year-old can surprise everyone on race day and take top-prize once more.

How Technology Reshapes the Horse Racing Industry

Innovation in Betting

As long as there are horse races, there will be eager punters who are keen to back their favourite horses and jockeys. Horse racing wagering is another area of the industry that has significantly changed and improved with modern technology. These days, instead of having to trek to a bookie’s office, punters can place bets at home or on the go thanks to platforms and apps from international online sports betting operators. The advent of mobile technology means that they can get up-to-the-minute racing news, and major events like the Breeders’ Cup are even beginning to broadcast in virtual reality across the globe so that fans will never miss a meeting.

Future Innovations

It may all sound high tech already, but we could see a whole new wave of innovations incorporated into the sport in the coming years. For starters, a team of Australian scientists successfully shod a racehorse with the first ever pair of 3D printed shoes made from titanium. However, it may take some time before this becomes a widespread thing since a horse’s hooves can change every hour and printing one shoe takes several.

Scientists are even becoming involved in the breeding process since it’s well-known within the sport that a mature colt or filly often outperforms those born later in a year within the same age bracket. To that end, Equilume recently designed a mask that will trigger early breeding times in mares, using a blue light to affect their ….

Sky Bet Handicap Chase: Odds to win prestigious Doncaster race

The Sky Bet Handicap Chase will be run at the Doncaster Racecourse on Saturday, 26th of January. The three-mile race is one of the most prestigious on the National Hunt series. This year’s edition of the race will see a record amount of prize money go to the winner. For the first time, the Sky bet Handicap Chase winner will receive a £100,000 purse. Racing fans can stay up to date with the Sky Bet Handicap Chase and all of the horse betting in New Jersey this year. The Sky Bet Handicap Chase will be the main event at Doncaster as six other races will take place throughout the day.

Thirty-seven horses have been entered to run this year’s Sky Bet Handicap Chase. Here is a look at the top five running at Doncaster on the 26th of January.

Dingo Dollar: 13/2

Trainer Alan King has seen his Dingo Dollar take over the favorite’s tag in recent days. Major sportsbooks have installed the seven-year-old as the top horse despite not winning a race in the last 11 months. Dingo Dollar did win his last outing at Doncaster in February 2018, but finished the year as runner-up at Ayr. He also had fourth and third place finishes in two races at Newbury.

Give Me A Copper: 12/1

Horse trainer Paul Nicholls has six horses entered in to the Sky Bet Handicap Chase. Give Me A Copper is believed to be the most likely to land Nicholls a fourth win at the prestigious race. Give Me A Copper has been lightly raced during his career. The horse has only run seven times with the last event coming in November 2017. Five of those seven races have ended in wins, including Give Me A Copper’s last outing at Kempton.

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Mister Whitaker: 12/1

Mister Whitaker is one of the most in-form horses competing at this year’s Sky Bet Handicap Chase. Trained by Mick Channon, Mister Whitaker won three of four races in 2018. In November, he finished fourth at the BetVictor Gold Cup at Cheltenham to end the season. He has never run a distance of three miles in a race. The step up in distance could greatly affect his performance at Doncaster.

O O Seven: 12/1

Nine-year-old O O Seven heads back to Doncaster Racecourse where he last won in December 2018. The horse won by half a length over three miles with jockey Aiden Coleman in the saddle. Trained by Nicky Henderson, O O Seven has seven career wins. The horse has always performed well at Doncaster and his most recent victory in December came after wind surgery.

Adrien du Pont: 14/1

Adrien du Pont is Nicholls’ second favourite to win the Sky Bet Handicap Chase. The seven-year-old capped off 2018 with a win at Kempton by three and a half lengths over Just A Sting. It was the horse’s only win of the year. The win came over three miles, a distance Adrien du Pont hasn’t run at Doncaster previously. In January 2018, Adrien du Pont ran his first race at Doncaster. He finished third in the two-and-a-half-mile race.

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Ascot Matchbook Clarence House Chase odds

Steeplechase scene black whiteThe Matchbook Clarence House Chase will take place on Saturday, 19th of January at Ascot. The race will see Willie Mullins’ Un De Sceaux clash with Nicky Henderson’s Altior in what could be one of the most exciting races of 2019. Nine horses will enter the gates for the race, but leading sportsbooks have Altior miles ahead of the competition. Horse racing fans can find the latest race odds at PA horse betting and stay up to date on all of the latest action. While Altior is the favourite going into the race, Un De Sceaux has won the Matchbook Clarence House Chase three years in a row. Will Altior end the day in the winner’s circle or will Un De Sceaux upset the favourite?

Matchbook Clarence House Chase top 5 odds

Altior: 1/3

Altior has won each of his last 16 races. The horse hasn’t tasted defeat since April 2015 at Punchestown. The nine-year-old is the easy favourite for this year’s Matchbook Clarence House Chase as Altior will renew his long rivalry with Un De Sceaux. In early December, Altior defeated Un De Sceaux at Sandown before finishing off the year with another win Kempton.

Un De Sceaux: 5/1

Despite winning the last three Matchbook Clarence House Chase races, Un De Sceaux goes into this year’s event as a distant second in odds. The horse does offer good value to race betters as the Mullins’ trained horse aims for a fourth win at Ascot. Mullins has already stated the horse would prefer a very soft track. The trainer believes the 11-year-old horse would have a better chance of finishing the day as winner with soft conditions.

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Waiting Patiently: 5/1

Waiting Patiently’s last race at Ascot ended in a win last February. After a 312-day break, however, the horse finished off 2018 on a sour note unseating his jockey at Kempton. Trainer Ruth Jefferson watched her stable star win his first six starts over fences and hopes are high Waiting Patiently could win once more at Ascot. The horse is entered in the 32Red Casino Chase as a warm-up for the 19th of January event.

Politologue: 8/1

Paul Nicholls’ Politologue finished a disappointing fourth in the King George IV Chase at Kempton in December. It came after two consecutive wins. The Sam Twiston-Davies ridden horse could bounce back with a big victory at this year’s Matchbook Clarence House Chase. His last two races at Ascot have resulted in wins. Politiologue is familiar with the course, but will be racing against some top-notch competition.

Fox Norton: 14/1

Fox Norton has been labelled a “forgotten horse” as he attempts to battle Altior and company for a win at Ascot. The nine-year-old Colin Tizzard trained horse hasn’t won a race since November 2017. That win came at Cheltenham. The two-time Grade 1 winner has been beset by injury over the last year-plus. He is now ready to run and hopes are high in the Tizzard camp that Fox Norton will spring a surprise at Ascot. Prior to Fox Norton’s 2017 injury, the horse registered 11 career wins.

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