The Horse Racing League. Broadcasts Begin Today in the UK.

Sky Sports Racing has unveiled its ‘stellar’ on-screen talent line-up for the inaugural team-based series, the Racing League.

An anchor team of Alex Hammond, Josh Apiafi and Leonna Mayor will be joined by special guest presenters to provide ‘unique insight’ including David Lloyd, Michael Holding and Rosie Tapner.

The brand new Racing League – which will be broadcast live and exclusive on Sky Sports Racing with new-look graphics and production innovations – takes place over six Thursday evenings starting on 29 July at Newcastle.

The Racing League aims to bring ‘innovation to the sport’ in the form of a points and team-based competition worth £2 million in prize money.

Rob Dakin, Director of Sky Sports Racing, commented: “We are really excited about how we can reflect the ground-breaking format of the Racing League series…  more on the UK Horse racing league

Drone wars over UK racetracks after courses say live streams are illegal

Best UK horse racing events for the rest of 2019A long-running dispute between racecourses and drone operators streaming live action from tracks appeared to escalate on Friday as David Armstrong, the chief executive of the Racecourse Association, warned that a new streaming service advertised on Twitter on Thursday is “breaking the law”, and that the RCA “will not allow that to carry on”.

FoxFly, a company based in the east Midlands, is believed to be responsible for many of the drones which have become a familiar sight around British racecourses in recent years. The drones send streams with little or no delay – known as latency – to punters betting in-running on the Betfair betting exchange, giving them an important edge over backers watching coverage on Racing TV or Sky Sports Racing.

tweet from FoxFly’s account on Thursday afternoon announced a “live aerial streaming service from all racecourses from Monday 15th February”, with “the quickest and best pictures guaranteed”. A subsequent tweet said that the service “will only be available to 10 people who are willing to travel to our offices”.

The Guardian understands that anyone responding to the tweet was quoted a price of between £100 and £200 per day to use the service, depending on…

The Paddy Power Gold Cup; A Look at The Meeting’s Most Prestigious Offering

Sponsorship changes, a comparison it may never win, yet the Paddy Power Gold Cup continues to be a cornerstone event on the horse racing calendar and at the Cheltenham racecourse.

 

Formerly the BetVictor Gold Cup after Paddy Power pulled its sponsorship in 2015, before returning, the Paddy Power Gold Cup stands atop the features of The November Meeting held at Cheltenham. A foretaste of the bigger and more acclaimed Gold Cup run in March, at The Festival, the Paddy Power Gold Cup is the perfect opportunity for young riders to put the world and the rest of the pack on notice, as veterans look to hit their stride as the jump race season kicks off. For those of us looking for some flutter and action, the betting halls of Cheltenham may not be open due to the health pandemic, but finding the best offers for online horse betting has never been easier. Now, back to that Paddy Power Gold Cup.

 

A Grade 3 race, with a distance of 2m4f and heavy going, the Paddy Power Gold Cup lets 18 riders push through the chase for a 160,000 GBP prize money that is the biggest purse of the event and quite the jackpot for a Grade 3 outing. Around, since 1965, the Paddy Power Gold Cup precedes The November Meeting event, which only started in the year 2000. It is run on the second day of the event, known as Paddy Power Day, and is the star attraction of the tournament. Over the years, favourites have not really fared all that well, with horses outside the top three odds winning a majority of the races since 2002. But if you think this means the big names do not stamp their authority, then you thought wrong, as the top trainers flock in and almost always have their hands on the prize. Naunton trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies, and his son and rider Sam Twiston-Davies, have both won twice in the last ten years, doing it in 2010 as a father-son trainer-rider duo, with Little Josh. National Hunt trainer Paul Nicholls OBE, has also done it twice recently in 2012 and 2014, while David Pipe is still looking to emulate the kind of success his father Martin had.

 

At last year’s race, Happy Diva, jockeyed by Richard Patrick and trained by Kerry Lee, took the race at odds 14/1. While the official participants’ list is yet to be declared, punters can still expect a decent return on the offers and should not be against making bold picks, as this is not really a kind race to favourites. Looking past any return winners should not out of place, as history does not really favour them and is not even a common occurrence. A good look at the trainers is a good gauge of how well a horse will do, however, and of course a fair bit of luck.

British horse racing ready to figure out COVID-19 resumption plans

Racing has been suspended until at least the end of April amid the coronavirus pandemic, with the last meetings in Britain at Wetherby and Taunton on March 17, both behind closed doors.

The government has indicated there will be no imminent lifting of the lockdown measures that have been in place in Britain from March 23, with the current restrictions including a ban on public gatherings of more than two people.

Horses continue to be trained and exercised. Racing is continuing in Hong Kong, Japan and Australia under strict biosecurity protocols.

The sport’s Resumption of Racing Group – established by the COVID19 Racing Industry Group – has been working with horsemen, racecourses and others on a plan to resume racing on the Flat behind closed doors as soon as that becomes possible.

A statement from RORG said the focus was on establishing criteria to determine the conditions under which racing could resume.

“The group continues to focus on a framework that will enable racing to be ready to resume on daily basis in a phased and controlled way as soon as possible,” the statement said.

Virtual Horse Race Raises Nearly $3 million for Health Workers

“The Virtual Grand National has exceeded everyone’s wildest expectations. There was nothing virtual about the feel-good factor this race generated and the fantastic sum raised for a great cause,” said Simon Clare, representing betting business Coral[UK Bookmaker].

The 4.8 million people who watched the 30 minute Virtual Grand National on TV station ITV was around half what might have been expected for favorite Tiger Roll’s historic shot at a third consecutive win with last year’s real race attracting 9.6 million viewers.

The figure equated to a third of the viewing audience and was a massive leap from the 737,000 who watched the 2019 Virtual Grand National shown on ITV4 on the eve of the race.

Christian Williams, trainer of Potters Corner, embraced the Virtual Grand National.

“I’m delighted, it’s great and great to cheer everyone up in tough times – I think even people from outside of racing were tuned in. It was something for people to cheer on, people are stuck in their houses and it probably got a good viewing. It was something to watch together and have a bit of banter leading up to it.”

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Launch of New Horse Racing League

Goal to Bring Horse Racing Alongside Other Mainstream Sports

LONDON, March 2, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Championship Horse Racing announced the launch of its new flat horse racing initiative – Racing League – at a gathering of industry figures and press in London. The team-based League format will bring increased levels of innovation, fan engagement and accessibility to British horse racing. Unveiled over the coming months, teams consisting of 2-4 trainers working together, three jockeys, stable staff and a squad of 30 horses, will battle it out for an unprecedented £1.8m in prize money, as well as an overall prize to the team that wins the Racing League.

Held over six consecutive evening race meetings in July and August 2020, the Racing League will be contested at four of the UK’s leading racecourses – Doncaster, Lingfield, Newcastle and Royal Windsor. Racing in bespoke team colours, the 12 teams will compete across 36 handicap races (rated 0-90), each worth £50,000.

The Racing League’s inaugural meeting will be held on Thursday 16 July 2020. Each meeting’s six races will be contested over distances 5F – 1½M, with all 36 races broadcast live on Sky Sports.

Format

  • Racing League’s 12 teams will each select one of their 30 horses to contest each of the 36 races
  • Winners of each race will win 25 points for their team; second place collects 18 points; third place earns 15 points, with points available for finishing in the top 10 places out of 12
  • £50,000 prize money for each race distributed as per BHA rules
  • The team with the most points at the end of the season will be crowned the Racing League champion
  • The winning team will earn a bonus prize shared between owners, trainers, jockeys, stable staff and a fan ambassador, picked from the public at random at the start of the competition

2003 Epsom Oaks-winning trainer, Andrew Balding, said: “I look forward to being involved in the inaugural Racing League and welcome the innovation it brings to our sport.”

2006 Epsom Derby-winning jockey, Martin Dwyer, commented: “The Racing League is a really exciting addition to the British horse racing calendar, and I believe the fans will welcome it. It’s a positive step for the racing industry to take, and the increase in prize money at handicap-level racing will be good for the sport.”

Matthew Imi, CEO, Sky Sports Racing, added: “In recent years Sky Sports has been instrumental in helping mainstream sports grow their fan bases exponentially, appealing to a broad audience of sports enthusiasts and innovating in the process. We are confident that we can achieve something similar with horse racing, so partnering with an exciting new initiative like the Racing League makes absolute sense. If the Racing League and Sky Sports Racing’s coverage encourages the person who goes racing once a year to go again, then I would consider that a success.”

British Horseracing Authority to Monitor Betting Trends on Irish Racing

The Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board (IHRB) has signed a deal with the British Horseracing Authority to monitor the betting trends on Irish racing.

The four-year commercial package was estimated at the time to cost €350,000 and the British Horseracing Authority has ultimately emerged successful.

“We will be working together in different areas of intelligence. It’s just a stronger link between the two of us,” an IHRB spokesman said.

The tender replicated other sports organisations around the world which have employed sports betting monitoring companies in recent years.

“We are outsourcing an element of our function. It’s the same as using a third party service provider to provide the laboratory, or to provide camera pictures. This will be a monitoring service,” IHRB’s chief executive Denis Egan said.

Bookies braced for Cheltenham betting bonanza

UK bookmakers are bracing themselves for a record breaking Cheltenham Festival this year. The meeting runs from March 10th to 13th with punters expected to gamble in excess of half a billion pounds over the four-day meeting.

The Cheltenham Festival is the highlight of the jumps racing season in Great Britain and Ireland with 28 top class races totalling over £4.5 million in prize money. The festival accounts for more than half of the top forty betting races in the UK in terms of turnover. So where can we expect to see the smart money go at Cheltenham 2020?

Epatante favourite for Champion Hurdle

The Champion Hurdle is the feature race on the opening day with leading owner J.P. McManus chasing a record ninth win in the race. Trainer Nicky Henderson is only one behind him and they team up with ante-post favourite Epatante. She was a 33-1 outsider at the start of the season but those odds were slashed following her impressive win in the Christmas Hurdle at Kempton.

There has also been a very strong market move for Henderson’s Shishkin in the opening Supreme Novices’ Hurdle. He put an early season fall behind him to register easy victories at Newbury and Huntingdon and will probably start even shorter than his current odds of 3-1.

Ireland has won 10 of the 12 renewals of the Mares’ Hurdle and has the two market leaders this year in Benie Des Dieux and Honeysuckle. Connections of both horses are considering a tilt at the Champion Hurdle as an alternative so punters should make sure they bet only “with a run”.

Altior aiming for fifth Cheltenham Festival win

Henderson will also be the focus of attention on day 2 with star chaser Altior going for his third successive Champion Chase and fifth festival success. His record unbeaten run of 19 races came to an end over a longer distance at Ascot in November. The ten-year-old successfully reverted to his optimum trip of two miles at Newbury in February.

Steeplechase scene black whiteAltior faces stiff opposition in Defi Du Seuil and Chacun Pour Soi but is certain to attract huge public support.You can get a comprehensive guide to every race at the festival and free Cheltenham Tips at the OLBG website. This long-established site hosts a thriving racing forum as well as providing interesting statistics, betting trends and pointers.

Henderson has yet another leading Cheltenham contender in Champ, as short as 7-2 favourite for the RSA Chase despite falling on his last start. Envoi Allen is rated by many as the Irish banker bet of the meeting in the opening Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle. Many punters will be keen to double him up with the Willie Mullins-trained Appreciate It in the Champion Bumper, a race the trainer has won a record 9 times.

A spectacular day’s racing could be capped by Tiger Roll, the winner of the Aintree Grand National for the past two seasons. He is favourite to win the Cross Country Chase for a third successive season.

Paisley Park expected to dominate Stayers’ Hurdle

Paisley Park is the shortest priced favourite of the weekin the Stayers’ Hurdle on day 3. He is unbeaten in seven races and has won his prep races with the minimum of fuss.Sire Du Berlais landed one of the biggest gambles of the week in the Pertemps Network Final 12 months’ ago. He caught the eye when qualifying at Warwick this season and it would be no surprise to see him start shorter than his current odds of 8-1.

The Cheltenham Gold Cup on Friday is the climax of the meeting, won last year by 12-1 chance Al Boum Photo. He is a general 4-1 favourite to become the first horse since Best Mate (2002-2004) to retain his crown. Delta Work and Kemboy, first and second in the Irish Gold Cup, give the raiding party a very strong hand again this year.

On a cautionary note, the final day of the meeting in 2019 proved to be a bonanza for bookmakers with winners at 66-1, 50-1 and 20-1. Only Hazel Hill in the Foxhunter Chase prevented a whitewash for favourite backers.

By Harvey Mayson

Latest 2020 Cheltenham News Updates

We are in the new decade of 2020 and the Cheltenham Festival 2020 is just a couple of days away. Some of the leading horses and jockeys are expected to participate at the biggest world horse racing event in the UK. Top bookmakers are gearing up for the event and luring punters with exciting betting offers for the expected races there. This year’s event is expected to be very competitive as the leading jockeys and top horses are going to participate.

The Cheltenham Festival is one of the biggest horse racing events in the UK that is only rivaled by the Grand National. It is a perfect gift for all horse race fans and punters alike who like to try their luck by placing bets on their popular sport. While the festival is known to be a horse racing event, it does more than just horse racing. It is also acts as a perfect venue for people from different parts of the globe to converge and get to know each other!

A review of the latest betting odds for the Cheltenham Festival 2020

Being one of the biggest horse racing betting events in the national hunt calendar, punters are usually on the look for exciting betting offers from bookmakers. As a punter, you are also perhaps looking to review the latest Cheltenham betting odds 2020. Well, the event features some of the best jockeys and horses that you could select to help you win a bet.

Basically, bookmarkers usually offer lower odds for horses or jockeys that are favorites to win a race. If you wish to increase your chances of winning a bet then the best thing you could do is choose a horse or jockey with the lowest odds. While lower odds may not offer you much of possible win price, your chances of winning remain high.

Conversely, horses or jockeys that are not likely to win a race are usually offered higher odds. This is usually a subtle strategy used by bookmarkers to persuade punters to pick jockeys or horses that are least likely to win.

So, which betting is good – online or brick and mortar betting?

The Cheltenham Festival is just around the corner and if you that punter seeking to try his/her luck through bets perhaps you are wondering what type of bet is best. Is online betting better that the traditional betting at a physical brick and mortar shop? Of course, you will have a variety of horse races that you can opt to place your bets for.

As the prestigious sporting event keeps drawing nearer, you certainly have the choice to select which type of betting to go for. There is the in-shop betting that involves walking into a physical betting shop and pacing your bet on either of your favorite jockey or horse to win a race. You also have the option of choosing a bookmaker and placing your online bet on a favorite horse or jockey to win at the race. The choice obviously is yours but several reports suggest that online betting has got more benefits and advantages over the traditional in-house bets.

Here is a sneak peak at some of the amazing benefits and advantages of online betting:

  • If you are signing up for a bookmaker for the first time, you get offers such as the introductory free bet offer and amazing bonus offers. These are things that lack on in-house betting shops.
  • There are some bookmarkers that do offer ¼ odds offers which are non-existent in-house betting shops.
  • Instant payouts on winnings right on your bookmarker account unlike in-shop betting shops that you need to collect winnings yourself in person.
  • Online betting also offers you important betting information such as a team’s, recent stats and performance so that you can make an informed betting move. This is lacking in in-house betting shops.
  • When you are betting online, you will also have various funding options including debit card, PayPal, mobile wallet etc.
  • You also have the opportunity to watch live sporting action from bookmakers with live stream.
  • Bookmarkers also provide their users with a complete bet slip history thus raising confidence amongst users.

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 …