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It’s true: summer is over for us here in the UK. But, that doesn’t mean we still can’t have some fun, even if it is a bit soggy outside!
Believe it or not, there is still plenty going on in the world of horse racing in Britain. Some folks reckon events from now until the end of 2019 might even eclipse the likes of The Grand National!
Whether you like an occasional flutter or seek to observe the races, plenty is going on! So, what events should you be noting down in your calendar for the rest of this year? Plus, if you enjoy horse racing betting, which horses should you be keeping an eye on?
Here is your quintessential guide to the best UK horse racing events for the rest of 2019:
Saturday 12th October: Dubai Future Champions Day (Newmarket)
Another event to pen on your horse racing events schedule is the Dubai Future Champions Day. It showcases emerging stars from the British horse racing world that are two years old.
It’s an important day because, for some horses and jockeys, reputations get forged. Previous champions include Frankel – now considered the most exceptional racehorse of all time!
Horse racing tips site RacingBetter reckons that the Godolphin-owned “Earthlight” will do well. The Darley Dewhurst Stakes has a £500,000 prize fund; this is the race where you should look out for Earthlight.
Saturday 19th October: QIPCO British Champions Day (Ascot)
With the Flat racing season drawing to a close, one event you should not miss is the British Champions Day. It’s notable for being the most prestigious event of the year. Leading horses, jockeys, trainers and owners descend upon Ascot for this glorious finale.
Another reason why it’s an important event is down to the prize money up for grabs. An eye-watering £4.2 MILLION is on offer across this six-race card.
The first race starts at 13:35, with the last beginning at 16:45. One race to keep an eye on is the 16:00 QIPCO Champion Stakes (British Champions Middle Distance). This race alone has a prize fund of £1.3 million, with a distance of one mile two furlongs.
Back in 2017 & 2018, jockey Frankie Dettori won that particular race riding Cracksman. So, who should you be backing this year? According to RacingTips, “King of Comedy” is a good bet, with odds of 8/1 from William Hill.
Saturday 16th November: The Open – November Meeting (Cheltenham)
Over in Cheltenham, there is a three-day event from Friday 15/11 to Sunday 17/11. Known as “The Open” this November meeting marks the start of the winter Jumps season.
When it comes to horse racing betting events, a specific one to note is Saturday’s BetVictor Gold Cup. It’s a 2m 41/2f chase that sets up the season for the newest and rising stars.
Last year’s winner was Baron Alco, who had odds of 8/1. Pond House Stable (trainer: David Pipe) leads the way with the most wins from their horses.
Thursday 26th December: King George VI Chase (Kempton Park)
The chase runs over a distance of about three miles. It takes place each year on Boxing Day. It is considered the second-most prestigious chase event in England. In its 81-year history, 14 horses have won the event more than once.
Last year’s winner was “Clan des Obeaux” ridden by jockey Harry Cobden. That particular horse is racing again in this year’s chase, with odds of 6/1 according to Oddschecker.
He’s the bookies’ third favourite to win this year. The second-most favourite is Cyrname (11/2), and the top horse is Altior (11/4).
Horse racing betting: what you need to know
If you’re wondering where and how to bet on horse racing, you now have a variety of choices.
In the days before the Internet, we’d have to make a trip to our local bookmakers if we wanted to bet. Nowadays, it’s quite easy to have a flutter on a horse or two from the comfort of our own homes.
In fact, with the advances in mobile technology, we can also bet from our smartphones when we’re out and about! Most High Street bookmakers have websites and mobile apps where you can bet online.
How to choose a bookmaker
In many respects, it doesn’t matter if your preference is online or offline betting. What does matter is how you choose a bookmaker. You might think that sticking with one or two specific firms is all you need to do. But, such an approach won’t always be the best way to optimise your winnings.
As you know, each bookmaker offers odds on each horse and result. What might surprise you is that there is often a big difference in odds between bookmakers!
Let’s face it; if you’re going to bet on horse racing, you want the highest possible returns. To achieve that goal, you will need to use bookmakers that offer you the best odds.
The good news is that such a task isn’t as hard as you might think. There are many odds comparison websites you can use for such a purpose. Even if you want to stick with offline betting, such sites are valuable resources.
Research is important
There are no guarantees when it comes to horse racing betting. That means there will be times where your predictions are wrong. Still, there are things you can do to minimise such events from happening. One of them is research!
Here is what you should do before deciding to bet on a particular race:
- Find out more about the horse, jockey, and trainer’s history. Does the horse in question perform better at some venues over others? How successful is the rider and trainer at what they do?
- Check the weather forecast. As you can appreciate, certain conditions can have a big impact on the result of a horse race.
- Don’t look at the facts alone. The thing about betting on horses is that it’s not all scientific. There is an element of community sentiment and “gut feeling” that you should also take into account.
Hopefully, those points will help you to do well when it comes to horse racing betting. Good luck and remember to have fun!