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4 Nov 2021

SuperEasy Ways To Learn Everything About Betting in the United Kingdom

Did you know that over 50% of the UK population gamble each week? That’s an awful lot of betting on your staples: horse racing, football, boxing, snookers… You name it, you can bet on everything these day. You still get those in a Festive mood hoping for a white Christmas! 

To learn everything about betting in the United Kingdom is a pretty wide subject, but you will do yourself a favour by visiting to get all the latest news and compare those betting odds. 

As an ardent form student my sporting niche is horse racing. Now, you may enjoy another sport and that’s just fine. But it’s very important to stick to betting on a subject you are passionate about. Without this enthusiasm you won’t take your betting seriously. If you don’t bet to win you are wasting your time and money. If you simply bet for fun then you are doing yourself a disservice. 

Betting is a game of skill. If you don’t know more than the layer who takes your bet then you need to increase your knowledge. That’s why any gambler worth their salt will be betting on a skill-based sport rather than fixed odds. You don’t need me to tell you that you cannot – long term – beat fixed odds. It’s a mathematical fact. 

Also, which is the best approach: betting with you’re head or your heart? You may say the former (rightly so) but would you ever bet against your favourite football team? If you want to win at gambling you need to bet with skill. 

To be a successful gambler you really don’t need to know everything. Here’s a little secret to the success of most punters who have the bookies running for cover. They know a little more than most. It’s a pointless exercise trying to be the best on planet Earth. Unless you want to win a gold medal at the Olympics, it’s a safe bet that you don’t need to be numero uno. Fair enough, if you happen to be that said person, you don’t need to be reading this blog post.

Horse Trainer Directory details UK Horse Trainers big and small. If you want to know something more than your average punter, then take the time to understand the strength and weakness of a trainer who catches your eye. Why? Because just doing that will give you an edge over 95% of gamblers who feel they don’t need to put in the effort to learn. If you want to beat the opposition then you can only do this by educating yourself. Not only is it fun it can help you make your betting pay. 

For example, a new horse trainer, Kevin Phillipart De Foy, is someone who you really want to pay close attention and do a little bit of research about his two-year-old horses because he is such a talented handler that I can almost guarantee you will make money from betting on his juveniles on their first or second start. It comes straight from the horse's mouth. 
Other horse trainers who are worthy of note on their first start include: 

George Boughey 
Roger Varian 
Archie Watson 
David O’Meara 

It is worth noting that many horse trainers simply cannot win at speculative odds and reason why you need to study and research to understand. Don’t fall into the trap of most gamblers who never learn anything from the day they place their first bet. Before betting make sure you know your subject matter well. Place your bets with skill. Use these 10 pointers to help you bet like a pro: 

1) Know your niche it is your key to outwitting any layer 
2) Be selective when betting that’s your strength 
3) Never bet for fun, the buzz or bored 
4) Bet level stake 
5) Keep a record of all bets 
6) Never chase losses 
7) Compare odds and get the value 
8) Keep motivated and bet with confidence 
9) Hone your skills 
10) If you lose regularly – stop betting 

Compare the betting odds to find value. If a bet doesn’t offer value (a price better than its actual chance of winning) you will never win long term. 

Winning isn’t a matter of luck, it’s a matter of judgement. 

Good luck.

14 Sept 2021

Famous Horses Immortalized in Movies

Horses have been part of human culture for centuries. Back in the day, they were the most important means of transport, invaluable help in working the land, so much so that the power of our cars is, to this day, expressed in a unit of measure based on their force - horsepower. Horses have been replaced by engines in time - but they didn’t disappear from our lives: they are now a source of pleasure, part of some medical therapies, and used for sport. Horse racing has probably appeared around the time horses were domesticated. Today, equestrian sports are performed at the Olympics, and traditional horse races are among the most popular event in many countries. Not to mention the extended online horse racing betting phenomenon. 

Today, racehorses rarely rise to stardom - their place has been taken by football stars and tennis players. But there are many racehorses in history that rose to stardom - they became famous enough for their names and performances to be immortalized on the silver screen.


Seabiscuit was one of the most famous thoroughbreds in American history, and the top money-winning horse in the 1940s. Born during the Great Depression, he was small and often the underdog - but he beat the 1937 Triple-Crown winner War Admiral by four lengths, which turned him into a symbol of hope for the disillusioned people. 

The story of Seabiscuit was adapted to the screen several times. The latest of these is the adaptation of Laura Hillenbrand’s non-fiction novel “Seabiscuit: An American Legend”, simply called “Seabiscuit”, with Tobey Maguire and Jeff Bridges, and, of course, Popcorn Deelites, the thoroughbred actor who played the title role in the movie. 


Secretariat didn’t only win the American Triple Crown in 1973 but also broke the records for the fastest times in all three races, records that he holds to this day. He left an impression, showing up sporadically in pop culture to this day - like in the surreal series “BoJack Horseman”, for example. And, of course, his biographical movie. Based on William Nack's 1975 book “Secretariat: The Making of a Champion”, “Secretariat” is a 2010 biographical drama from 2010. While the movie is not entirely accurate, it was fairly successful - in its Disney-esque family-friendly way - and a nice tribute to the fastest racehorse in the history of the American Triple Crown. 


Finally, let’s spare a thought on the most successful filly in Europe, the Hungarian thoroughbred Kincsem. Born in 1874, she was a weak and small horse, so much so that when she was offered up for sale as part of a package deal, she was the only one that was refused by the buyer. She was also picky - legend has it, Kincsem had her own suite that included a fellow filly and a cat, and that she refused to eat anything but grain and hay from her owner’s farm. Kincsem became the most successful thoroughbred in history, having won 54 of her 54 starts, against both male and female opponents, everywhere from Hungary to England and France. The story of Europe’s most successful filly inspired Hungarian filmmakers to make a move based on her story. Well, it didn’t turn out exactly that - Kincsem is extensively featured in the film but she is by far not in the centre of attention. In some scenes, Kincsem is even played by a stallion - so much for accuracy. But it’s a tribute, nonetheless.

3 Sept 2021

What Does a Horse Trainer Actually Do?

When cheering on a horse you have placed a bet on, it is normally the horse itself that gets the most attention and, hopefully, after the race all the plaudits that go with winning. After that, it might well be jockey’s performance, which is either ecstatically praised or angrily lamented. Yet when the bet has been placed and the horses are out of the stalls, you hardly ever hear the trainers name being ricochet between the walls of the betting shop. 

The reason for this – beyond the obvious that the horse and the jockey are actually visible during the race – is that, while many horse racing fans have a general idea what a horse trainer does, the actual breadth of their duties is a matter of widespread ignorance. When it comes to horse racing betting odds, it might be fairly easy to see how a jockey’s track record or a horse’s past performance are informing the numbers, but it’s less obvious to the uninitiated to see how the relative prestige of the horse trainer has played a role. 

Yet played a role the trainer undoubtedly has. In fact, they have played multiple roles beyond the one that everybody knows – getting the horse into peak physical condition before the race. For one thing, a trainer is not assigned to a single horse by that horse’s owner, and they do not occupy a role similar to an athlete’s trainer or coach. Trainers are in fact small-to medium-sized business owners who run a stable, most often train multiple horses, and are in charge of a team who are integral to the performance of a horse on race day. 

As you might expect of someone running a business and managing a team, a trainer in fact has many different roles and a highly varied job. Far more so, in fact, than the jockey’s and the horse, who only ride and race respectively. 

Basic Duties 

As mentioned, it is a horse trainer’s most fundamental duty to prepare a horse for race day. Many will not be surprised that this involves regulating the horse’s diet, exercise schedule, and its schooling. The last of these may not be as familiar as the first two. In horse racing, “schooling” refers to the techniques associated with improving the horse’s manner and behaviour when ridden by a jockey. Schooling is important for all horses, not just racing horses, and if you’ve ever ridden a horse yourself, you can be sure that this horse will have been well schooled to accept a rider calmly and respond to commands. 

As mentioned, a horse trainer will also, in the vast majority of cases, run a large stable and command a large team. This takes all the management skills and co-ordination that any team management needs in whichever field this may be in. Indeed, there is a good deal of business acumen that must avail a successful horse trainer before they can offer their services with any measure of success. 

It is a common misconception that a horse trainer will constantly be vying with others for the chance to train a prestigious horse. While some horse trainers are employed by owners, many also own, raise, and train their own racehorses for competition. 

Racing Advice 

For any competent horse trainer, an in-depth knowledge of the horse under their care will always be matched with an in-depth knowledge of the sport itself. This means that horse trainers also take on the role of advisors to horse owners, specifically suggesting which races to enter a particular racehorse in. 

This is a role that takes a good deal of expertise and knowledge of the both the horse in question and the conditions of a broad range of racing events. Normally, there will be a set type of race which most plays to a particular horse’s strengths. However, a horse can also be trained specifically for a certain event, which means a specific diet and training programme for the horse.

On race days, it is not unknown for the trainer to walk around the track to ascertain its qualities underfoot and advise the jockey on a racing strategy. There are those who might imagine that racing strategy and performance is the job of the jockey, but the unique knowledge had by a competent trainer means that they also fulfil a role in this department.


The earnings a professional trainer will make can vary a lot but is usually dependent on the amount of prize money that their horses can win. Being a horse trainer then is not simply a job that pays a set amount, but one which rewards the very highest level of commitment. 

When you consider just how many different fields of expertise this commitment extends to, it is easy to see why the horse trainer holds one of the most prestigious positions among those who are responsible for bringing a horse to the track to race.

31 Aug 2021

Horse Trainers who like to bet on their Horses

You're not the only one who likes a bet.  

Horse trainers do too. 

Remember back in the day when horse trainer Barry Hills was named King of the Coups? 

One of the tabloids had the headline: ''Barry Hills has won so much money from bookies during his training career that it's a wonder he didn't call one of his sons William.'' 

He has five sons, including Charles, who is presently a trainer at Wetherdown House Stables, Lambourn and John who was a successful handler, sadly passed away in 2014. 

Barry Hills funded his training career on the strength of monster gambles. The 1968 Lincoln winner, Frankincense, backed from 66/1 - 100/8 gave him the finances to change his life and follow his dream. 

The payout £64,000, which in today's money is well over £1.5M. 

It was the beginning of a very long list of winners which saw him get his trainer's licence in 1969 and retire in 2011. 

He trained over 3,000 winners including four Classics in Great Britain: 1000 Guineas - Enstone Park (1978), Ghanaati (2009) & 2000 Guineas: Tap On Wood (1979), Haafd (2004).  

I wonder if Mr. Hills debated which bookies were best for his horse racing bets. If you want to know more about that intel about the best horse racing betting sites, just click right here because it's important to know what you are looking for when you have a flutter online.  

Not bad going for the son of a head lad, who paved the way for future generations of horse trainers.

In these times, horse trainers are probably a little more secretive about telling a soul of their plans to land a big punt. However, you can guarantee that a lot of horse trainers pride themselves on making the bookmakers pay. In fact, a number sell tips to horse tipster platforms for extra cash. I'm sure they don't detail the best chances (but that's just my opinion). 

When you think about the perfect person to give you a tip, it should be the trainer of the beast.

Horse trainers are in that privileged position. They should know whether Pegasus, entered to run at 2:00 Great Yarmouth, has been catching pigeons at home on the gallops. 

As a follower of two-year-old horse racing, it's my job to know everything about this niche. 

Now, I don't know for sure which horse trainers like a gamble, but I certainly have my own opinions about which ones like to have a bet and those that may well frighten most bookies to death. 

My assessment of which trainers like to gamble comes from observing major gambles that have won and those who are canny devils with a glint in their eyes. 

Here are my top 3 horse trainers who like to bet on their horses.

David Evans

The Welsh Wizard. Based at Ty-Derlwyn Farm, Pandy, Abergavenny. There are many canny horse trainers but, for me, Evans is in a class of his own. Whether he has a debutante at Chepstow, a handicapper at Haydock or a hot shot running at Royal Ascot he is a man to follow when the money is down. Trust me, he makes most trainers look like Micky Mouse. I've seen some major gambles on the stables two-year-olds and although not all of then find the winner's enclosure a good number do. 

For example, who will forget the debut of two-year-old Choux at Thirsk (15th May)? This daughter of Exceed And Excel was backed from 40/1 - returning at odds of 100/30. She won in a breeze. I don't know for sure whether it was the owners Chris Kiely Racing Ltd & Partner who lumped on but I can't imagine Mr Evans not enjoying a slice of the pie, if not the cherry on the top.

Gambling score: 5/5 

I must admit, I don't know much about horse trainers from across the globe like Australia, New Zealand, France, South Africa and of course the famous Kentucky Derby in the United States but I do know a few more British horse trainers who it pays to follow with cold, hard cash.  

Here's to my next intriguing horse trainer who may or may not like a bet. 

David Simcock

Based at Trillium Place Stables, Birdcage Walk, Newmarket, Suffolk. An excellent horse trainer who always likes to run his best two-year-olds at headquarters [Newmarket]. Now, I can only surmise whether this stable likes a punt but I have one very good piece of data which suggests to me this is a stable where winners are backed to short odds. Sounds intriguing, hey. I will tell you this little gem of wisdom which I have researched. The stable two-year-olds on their second start can be very hard to beat. But here's the real peace of info you need to know. For the last umpteen years, he has never had a juvenile win on it's second start at odds greater than 13/2. That's not the exact price because I'm not giving that info away for free. But I will tell you this. ''If you bet on one of his horses at big odds, you'll be unlikely to win any wonga.''

If you want to know about all UK horse trainers big and small then you won't find them any faster than clicking this mobile-optimised site, as you don't want to forget knowledge is power. And winning is all about knowing who is hot property when they have a bet. 

Gambling score 4/5

My third and last horse trainer to follow when the money comes is another high-profile handler and a lovely man. 

Clive Cox

Based at Beechdown Stables, Sheepdrove Road, Lambourn, Berkshire. A horse trainer who knows his horse. Once again, I have no idea whether Mr. Cox likes a punt and simply extrapolate my wisdom from what I have learned from his two-year-old horses. I must say that when his two-year-old debutantes start favourite they are very hard to stop from winning. Mostly, they are the best juveniles in the stable. You really can't go wrong following the money with this outfit. 

Gambling score 4/5 

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29 Jul 2021

What's Next for British Horse Racing Broadcasts?

With horse racing, as with virtually every other widely followed sport, there's often fierce competition over who gets the right to broadcast fixtures and provide analysis on TV. Over the past decade alone, the broadcast rights for major British horse races such as Royal Ascot and Cheltenham have passed between the hands of multiple channels, with the BBC, ITV, and Channel 4 all having held the main broadcasting rights at one point or another. 

Today, the broadcasting contract for British horse racing is held by ITV, as part of a £20 million multi-year agreement. However, its future as the home for televised horse racing is far from assured. After all, renegotiations for the contract nearly collapsed late last year with Racehorse Media Group, which represents all of the major race events. It's clear that ITV is not able to see eye to eye with the organisation on multiple fronts. 

As such, it seems well within the realm of possibility that ITV will no longer receive the broadcast rights once its current contract expires in 2023. But what happens after that? While it's possible that the game of musical chairs will continue and that the contact will go to one of the other big broadcasters, it's important to look at other trends at play in order to determine what the future of British horse racing will look like. 

For one, it's possible that the ever-encroaching popularity of online sports broadcasts and analysis will erode the value of the TV contract. After all, some of the world's top horse racing betting sites like bet365 offer live broadcasts to all members, alongside daily news and analysis on all major British horse races. This is a service that members of bet365 do not have to pay extra for and it's a feature that is becoming increasingly common across the booming online sports betting industry. 

As sports TV continues to see fierce competition from digital competitors, the broadcasters might find themselves less and less willing to shell out tens of millions of pounds for a contract in the near future. Meanwhile, it's also worth pondering whether the big three broadcasters will even be in the running for the contract by the time that it comes up for renewal.

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Smaller, for-pay channels are increasingly asserting themselves within the sports broadcasting arena. Just take a look at the Olympics, for example. The International Olympic Committee decided to award the entire European broadcasting rights for Tokyo 2020 not to public broadcasters like the Beeb, but to the cable US network Discovery, which has put most of its Olympic content behind a paywall. 

While this might result in fewer viewers overall, it's almost certainly a major boon to the network's profits. In the years to come, there is no reason why smaller, for-pay broadcasters won't begin seriously competing for the Racehorse Media Group contract. It's clear that the world of horse racing is currently in flux, and how we consume this great British pastime may change in the coming years. Stay tuned to find out. 

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21 Jul 2021

Kevin Philippart de Foy in Winning Form

As an avid follower of horse racing I scan the race card on a daily basis. Then I stop at an unfamiliar name. 

Kevin Phillippart de Foy. 

It was April, an early two-year-old race. Pokhara, ridden by Daniel Muscutt. A bay filly, a daughter of The Gurkha, in the ownership of the Run Away Racing Himalayan Syndicate. 

They sound my kind of people!

This £15,000 yearling purchase, out of an unraced dam made her debut at Yarmouth, a 20/1 shot finishing fifth of five. 

Another trainer with high hopes and limited ammunition? 

Based at Machell Place, Newmarket, Suffolk, it would have been easy to say: ''Here today, gone tomorrow.''

However, this exceptional young trainer could well be one of those few handlers which hits the jackpot

My specialist niche is two-year-old horse racing and I follow each and every season like a black taxi cab driver revises the knowledge. 

I've been very impressed with Kevin Philippart de Foy's formative season. In fact, as a rookie trainer he reminds me very much of Archie Watson when he made an impact in 2016. 

At the time of writing (21/07/2021) he has sent out just 10 two-year-old horses. For any trainer winners are hard to find. Having the talent to ready a debutante really takes a lot of skill. It's the reason most established trainers have so few horses hitting the frame when making their racecourse bow let alone winning in style. 

Taking a quick glance at the juveniles he has raced so far for the 2021 season:

Two-year-olds: Winners underlined


Pokhara 5th 

Smooth Talking 3rd 


Rock Melody 1st 

Giewont 8th 

Mehmentum 3rd 

Bailysgutfeeling 4th 


New Pursuit 1st 

Unexpected Arrival 5th 

Scot's Grace 1st 

Pearl Glory 1st 

I will update his results until the end of the turf season. 

Comments: That's a 40% win strike rate with his debutantes. From experience, any two-year-old that wins on debut is often good enough to dip its toe into pattern class. That was seen with Rock Melody who thrashed his rivals on debut at Redcar. The 16/1 shot stormed clear by over three-lengths winning comfortably. 

I bet against this filly and cursing: ''Who is this bloke!'' 

This is what the Racing Post had to say: ''Raced freely, held up in behind leaders, headway going easily two out, ridden to lead 1f out, soon edged right, went clear inside final furlong, easily.'' 

She contested the Maureen Brittain Memorial Empress Fillies' Stakes (Listed Race) at Newmarket over 6f on good to firm going (20th June, 2021) finishing a respectable 10th, beaten just over five lengths. 

Make no mistake, you will be hearing a lot about Kevin Philippart de Foy this season let alone years to come. 

Take note of his other debut winners: 

New Pursuit 

Impressive when winning well on debut at Epsom by over two-lengths. This son of New Bay, a steal at 30,000g as a yearling. In the ownership of Run Away Racing Quest Syndicate. 

Scot's Grace

This daughter of Mehmas literally flew home when making her debut at Kempton. In the ownership of Bernard Havern, bred by Tally-Ho Stud, this bay filly was picked up for pocket money at the Tattersalls Ire Goresbridge Breeze Up @ Nmkt for £15,000. A four-and-a-quarter length victory, Scot's Grace stamped herself as a live chance for Group race success.

Pearl Glory

I was impressed and disappointed when this daughter of Cotia Glory won on debut. You've guessed it, I bet on the horse that finished second [Outside World, trained by Mark Johnston]. This bay filly won by a nose, after having traffic problems. Another inspired breeze-up purchase by this young trainer for just £12,000, from vendor Hyde Park Stud. She was purchased on the 3rd June and bringing home the bacon on the 14th July. Make no mistake this was a victory worth noting because the form of this debut effort will be proven to be high class. 

Kevin Philippart de Foy has achieved in 10 two-year-old debutantes what many established trainers have failed to do in a decade. 

Good luck for the future. 

You most certainly don't need it. 

2 Jun 2021

Beginners’ guide to picking the right horse

Horse racing and a day at the races are an exciting adventure for equine fans with many prestigious events like Aintree dominating the annual calendar. But even though the sport maintains a strong following throughout the year, it is the betting audience which can truly make a good event a great one. But where do you even start when it comes to betting on the horses? 

Taking a look through a horse trainer directory can give you some sound knowledge, but here are some helpful hints on picking the right horses. 

Put in some legwork 

Doing a bit of homework before you place your bets can really help your chances of success, even if you spend just a little time going through the race program. 

Making an informed decision isn’t always as straightforward as you’d like it to be but with a little reading material you could certainly make a better choice than just guessing. As well as listing all the races planned for the day ahead, a race program will also give you some background information about the horses taking part. These details could indicate which participants are in better shape, and primed for a win. Also, look at previous horse racing results over the last few weeks to see which horses and jockeys are on form.

Choosing a bet 

Sometimes made out to be much more complicated than it needs to be, horse racing and betting on it can come in all shapes and sizes thanks to various different kinds of bet. 

The most common bet to read about is the win bet, where you just pick a horse that you think will win the race, hence the name of the bet. 

Perhaps the second most well-known bet is a place bet. This bet may differ depending on which country you’re in, but the basic premise is that you are placing a bet to say that a particular horse will become in first or second, sometimes even third. Betting on multiple horses can also be done, though the chances of success are much slimmer. 

You should also look out for betting tips from tipsters! 

Getting The Right Tips 

There is no shortage of tipsters dishing out free horse racing tips, but how do you know which ones are worth listening to. Well, the simple answer is research. You should look at tips from a variety of horse racing sites with experts who offer predictions and previews. Make a list of what each one says and then draw conclusions by comparing them. If you are looking for content you can trust, check out's horse racing tipsters where experts such as Alan Kelly always fill you in with the latest tips with previews on which horses and jockeys to look out for. Plus the renowned jockey Peter Scudamore also gives out his tips on 

Shop around 

Once you have done all the homework and decided which horse you are going to bet on, next it is time to take a pause and shop around. 

Much like any other industry, it always pays off to shop around. Just going with the first bookie may not be in your best interest. Before placing the bet, take the time to check a range of bookmakers to see which one is offering you the best payout for the bet you want to make. If you win, you’ll want to maximise your capital so do this by shopping around for the best odds on offer. 

Branch out but not too far 

Statistically speaking, it makes sense that the more races you bet on, the more chances you have to win and make a profit. Stick to a budget and place some bets, but don’t invest in all the races. You’ll want to save some pennies for other big races later on in the day.

14 May 2021

Royal Ascot: The early favourites for the Ascot Gold Cup

Royal Ascot: The early favourites for the Ascot Gold Cup
With just a month to go until the latest renewal of Royal Ascot, fans of flat racing up and down the country will be rubbing their hands in anticipation of the iconic meeting. Of course, the event took place behind closed doors during the height of the pandemic last June. However, this year fans will be welcomed back to the historic course and that will undoubtedly make for a much better festival as horses and jockeys alike revel in the atmosphere. 

The Ascot Gold Cup on June 17th is the meeting’s showpiece race and punters will already be studying the form guides and keeping an eye on the horse racing betting sites — waiting for the perfect time to make their selection. So, as we count down the days to the exciting festival, let’s look at the early favourites for this year’s Ascot Gold Cup. 


There’s no doubt that Stradivarius will be the name on everyone’s lips in the build up to Royal Ascot. Legendary jockey Frankie Dettori and the John Gosden-trained seven-year-old are gunning for an historic fourth-successive victory in the Group 1 race and they are the outright favourites to do so at around 6/4. Stradivarius’ form left a little to be desired towards the back end of last season, as he failed to win in three outings — his worst run of form since he started competing in 2016. However, he was back in the winners’ enclosure at Ascot last month, and that will fill his backers with confidence. 


At 6/1, Subjectivist is the likeliest horse to stop Stradivarius, Dettori and Gosden from taking home a fourth Gold Cup. The Mark Johnson-trained four-year-old came home in third at 22/1 in the King George V Stakes at Ascot last summer, and went on to have a decent flat season — winning at Hamilton and Goodwood before landing the Group 1 Prix Royal-Oak at Longchamp in Paris. He’s started this year with a victory in the Dubai Gold Cup at Meydan and he’s certainly in good nick to push Stradivarius all the way at Royal Ascot. 

Sir Ron Priestly 

Sir Ron Priestly is another horse from Johnson’s esteemed yard hoping to usurp the odds in this year’s Gold Cup. The five-year-old, who is currently 8/1, had a cracking season in 2019 — winning five of his seven races — and it looks like 571 days without a race hasn’t hampered his career as he’s back to winning ways, scooping victories at Nottingham and Newmarket already. The Gold Cup will be a step up, but don’t rule him out. 


Trueshan is hot on the heels of Sir Ron Priestly at 9/1. The Alan King-trained horse was a bit of a mixed bag for the most part of last season — winning twice in four outings. However, he has looked much better since Hollie Doyle has taken the reins from Martin Harley. Doyle and the five-year-old landed a victory at 11/1 in the British Champions Long Distance Cup at Ascot in October but were narrowly beaten by Ryan Moore and Japan at Chester earlier this month. 

The likes of Tiger Moth (10/1), Search For A Song (12/1), Ocean Wind (12/1) and Santiago (14/1) are all next in line.

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10 May 2021

How to Find the Best Horse Racing Betting Sites

For many horse racing punters, you can’t beat the thrill of the betting ring and being at a meeting in-person, but now that online betting sites have become so prominent within the gambling ecosystem, bettors have a terrific set of options if they want to stay at home and place their racing wagers through online bookmakers. 

New operators are entering various markets all of the time, and it can be difficult to differentiate between the good betting sites and the not so good ones. 

But it is not a case of one size fits all. Some punters prioritise better odds, whereas others prefer improved functionality and features. Below are five key factors that can help you choose a horse racing betting site. 

Best Odds Guaranteed 

One of the most important and popular betting offers related to horse racing is Best Odds Guaranteed. 

It’s a common promotion in the UK, but can also be found on some betting sites in other countries. 

With BOG, you get paid out at whichever odds are higher between the price you take, and the price the horse starts the race at. 

Betting Offers 

Aside from BOG, there are many other betting offers you can claim as either a new customer or an existing player. 

Most welcome offers can be used on any sport, and generally involve either a deposit bonus or free bets. 

Existing customer bonuses can be more sport-specific, and for horse racing they can allow you to get your money back, or extra places on each way bets, or enhanced odds. 

Live Streaming 

If you are able to watch the races you bet on with the same site that you place your wagers with, then it makes the entire experience very seamless. 

Some bookies have a better streaming selection than others. There are some that focus only on one particular country, whereas others cover international meetings across the UK, US, South Africa, France, and more. 

You also want to ensure that there is as little delay on the live stream as possible, especially if there are in-play betting possibilities. 

Analysis & Form Stats 

Whether it’s the Grand National or a Class 5 race at Newton Abbot, you want to be as educated as possible on every race you bet on, and to help you out, some betting sites have analysis from third parties integrated into the horse racing section of their site. 

The fact that the information is provided by another outlet such as Racing Post or Timeform ensures that it is completely unbiased, so you can make informed decisions.

It also helps when the form and any necessary stats are provided as well. 

Mobile Betting 

Horse racing is essentially a 24/7 sport, so there might be instances where you want to bet but you’re not at a computer. 

Fortunately, the top sportsbooks have made their mobile products a top priority, and some even have state-of-the-art betting apps that allow you to quickly navigate to the race you want and lock in your bets. 

With Face ID login and a smooth user interface - features of top betting apps like Bet365 and Unibet - you can get your horse racing bets in as and when you want.

7 May 2021

Enjoy The Thrill Of Racehorse Ownership Without The Expense


Harraton Stud. Laceys Lane. Exning. Suffolk. CB8 7HW
Tel: 07974817694


  • Enjoy the thrill of ownership without the expense, make new friends, enjoy the day at the races.
  • Newmarket Equine Tours Racing Club has 4 quality horses to enjoy throughout the season. Go to the races in style with your owner/trainer race badge, with a fantastic group people. 

N.E.T. Racing Club 1 year membership
12-month membership to the N.E.T. Racing Club with Julia Feilden. You will be a member of an enthusiastic and successful racing club with the opportunity to watch your horses race as well as stable visits. Includes ballot for complimentary race day badges (including race day hospitality) unlimited stable visits, email updates and invites to special owners' days.


''It's great being part of Newmarket Equine Tours Racing Club. My only disappointment is not joining years ago. It's exceptional value! It's ideal for getting the inside edge when betting on the horses. With four talented horses running for you, it's a perfect time to make this new Flat turf season something out of the ordinary. There will be plenty of opportunities to go racing this year. The correspondence is great. Julia keeps you informed of the horses and their chances on the day. Go racing in style: Collecting your Owners/Trainers badge(s);  gaining entry to all those parts of the racecourse which once seemed the province of the rich and famous. You will be that VIP. Rub shoulders with the great and good: meeting Julia and the team in the paddock, shake hands with the jockey, listen to the pre-race talk, then watching your horse run like the wind. With four lovely horses, you're odds-on to make the winner's enclosure in 2021.''    

Thanks for a wonderful club and brilliant days' racing. Fantastic. Fully recommended by Horse Trainer Directory. (Owner, Jason Coote) 

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Live Streaming Betting Sites – The Exciting Way to Bet

Almost half of the people in the UK bet at some point. Some of these people bet on the Lottery or on casino games. However, sports betting is also a favourite for many. Within this area, race meetings like the Grand National and Royal Ascot attract millions of pounds worth of bets. The amount of money spent betting on the horses has increased dramatically since the first online bookmaker launched in 1996.

A relatively new feature has further increased the popularity of online sports betting, as bookmakers now stream sports content live to customers. If you are fond of placing horse racing bets, sites like Unibet give you the opportunity to register an account, place a bet and watch your horse run live, for certain races. 

The advantages of live streaming on betting sites 

The most obvious advantage of watching racing live via a bookmaker is that it adds excitement to your betting. There are also other positives that you can experience. 

Getting an understanding of how horses and jockeys are performing over several days at events like the Cheltenham Festival. This helps to improve the success of your betting as the event progresses. 

Watching racing using a betting app is more affordable than betting online and paying to watch live racing separately.  

Using a betting app means that you can watch live racing wherever you are. You can even watch it while you are on the move. 

Points to consider

If you like the sound of these benefits, there are several points that you should consider when you are looking for a betting site that live streams races. These points include:  

The live streaming options that are available. Not every betting site provides a wide variety of live streaming choices. So, if you enjoy a variety of sports, as well as horse racing, you should make sure that you get access to as much of your favourite action as possible.

Access requirements that are in place. You cannot just go to an online betting site and watch sporting content. You at least need to register an account in order to watch. In the case of horse racing, you will usually have to place a minimum bet if you want to watch a race live. 

Storage space required by an app. Many betting sites use apps to deliver their live streaming content. If this is the case, you need to consider how much storage space the app will take up on your device. 

Security of the site or app. Do not choose to use a betting site or app just because you are attracted to the live streaming. You still need to consider factors such as security. For instance, you should make sure that SSL encryption is in place before you use a betting site.

You can see that using a betting site that live streams horse racing helps to increase the excitement and enjoyment of betting. It’s a great way to enjoy top races as well as hopefully backing the winner if you are lucky.

6 May 2021

Which Horse Can Win a Ninth Derby for O'Brien?

Aidan O'Brien is the most successful trainer in the history of The Derby. The Irishman won his eighth victory at the prestigious race at the Epsom Downs in 2020 when Serpentine delivered a spectacular performance as an outsider to claim the crown. True to form, O'Brien has a long list of charges that are preparing to deliver a ninth win at the event, further extending his dominance over the rest of the sport. Here are the three horses that stand the best chance to triumph ahead of their rivals. 

High Definition 

O'Brien has pulled his charge out of the Lingfield Derby Trial, which could raise alarms for a run at Epsom. However, the three-year-old is the leading contender in the horse racing betting odds for The Derby crown. High Definition was outstanding at the end of the 2020 season in Ireland. On his debut run in Curragh, he charged through the field in the closing stages of the contest. High Definition beat out a number of talented horses to claim the win, finishing three-quarters of a length ahead of his stable-mate Wordsworth.


High Definition followed up his fine performance with another excellent run at Curragh, this time in the Beresford Stakes. Seamie Heffernan got the best out of his charge, surging away from the field at the right moment to close out his second victory. He has not been in action since, which could be a concern, although it is not essential for him to compete before a run at Derby glory. 

Bolshoi Ballet 

The three-year-old has more experience than his stable-mate, although his record has been up and down since making his debut midway through the 2020 campaign. Bolshoi Ballet finished third at Newmarket in his maiden stakes but was on form in his second outing in Leopardstown to get off the mark in his career. However, the Irish thoroughbred finished the campaign on an underwhelming note, placing in fifth at the Criterium de Saint-Cloud. 

O'Brien's charge returned for the 2021 season in April at Leopardstown and returned to his peak form. He dominated the rest of the field in the Ballysax Stakes to close out a victory by two-and-a-quarter lengths with Ryan Moore in the saddle. Moore will have his pick of O'Brien's horses and should he select Bolshoi Ballet, it could be a telling factor as he pursues his third win at The Derby.

Van Gogh 

Van Gogh has eight runs under his belt and two victories after making several appearances last year as a two-year-old. He made an impression in the Tyros Stakes at Leopardstown where he was just beaten out by a neck by Military Style. It was the same story in the Juvenile Stakes when Cadillac bested the American thoroughbred. However, he did make his breakthrough at Curragh at the end of September. As a result of his victory, Van Gogh was installed as one of the leading contenders for the Autumn Stakes. 

The pace of One Ruler was too much for O'Brien's charge to handle at Newmarket, placing second finishing three-and-a-half lengths behind the winner. Van Gogh ended his campaign with a sterling effort at Saint-Cloud in the Criterium International, dominating the field to notch the second win of his career.

The American thoroughbred was an outsider at 20/1 for the 2,000 Guineas to start the term. Although he finished down in eighth, he was the best of O'Brien's performers placing ahead of Wembley and Battleground. Given that Serpentine was down the pecking order for O'Brien last term, do not sleep on Van Gogh at The Derby.