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Galway Racing Tips: Galway Tips For All 7 Days

Our experts provide you with our best Galway racing tips for this summer’s big Irish horse racing spectacle. Racing Tips will also provide you with news, betting offers and betting updates for every race over the 7 days.

Galway Festival Tips

The Galway Festival is one of the highlights of the summer for Irish Racing fans with over 150,000 spectators drawn to Ballybrit Racecourse over the seven days. Unfortunately the coronavirus pandemic means that the public cannot attend the Galway Festival 2020. There are some changes to the race programme this year with the final two days being set aside exclusively for flat racing.

The Galway Plate over an extended two and three-quarter miles on Wednesday is the big handicap chase of the week. This valuable prize regularly attracts good quality chasers from the top yards in Ireland. The Galway Hurdle is the feature race on Thursday, a very competitive handicap over two miles.

Trainer Willie Mullins is the man to follow for your Galway Tips. In 2019 Mullins saddled ten winners at the meeting, confirming his title as the ‘King of Ballybrit’. He was out of luck in the two feature races with Gordon Elliott claiming the Galway Plate and Tony Martin winning the Galway Hurdle.

Galway Tips Day 1

The most valuable race on the opening day is the Connacht Hotel (Q.R.) Handicap over an extended two miles. Willie Mullins won this in 2019 with Great White Shark and saddled favourite Mr Adjudicator to finish an unlucky fourth.

Joseph O’Brien was on the mark with Linger, a winning favourite in the Easyfix Handicap Hurdle over two miles and half a furlong. He went close to a double when Syrena just failed to reel in 20-1 shot Galtee Mist in the Claytonhotelgalway.ie Handicap.

Galway Tips Day 2

The feature race on day 2 is the Colm Quinn BMW Mile Handicap. Adrian McGuinness and Colin Keane teamed up with 9-1 Saltonstall to win this valuable prize in 2019. Willie Mullins won this race in successive seasons with Riven Light in 2017 and 2018. 

Mullins was on the mark in the opening Colm Quinn BMW Novice Hurdle with Fast Buck, a listed race over two miles and half a furlong. It was his fourth winner of the race in the past five seasons, the pick of them being subsequent Stayers’ Hurdle winner Penhill (2016).

Galway Tips Day 3

The third day of the Galway Festival is Galway Plate Day, the most prestigious race of the week. The Plate was first run in 1869 and always provides a thrilling spectacle. Gordon Elliott’s Borice won a high class renewal in 2019 when beating the Paul Nicholls-trained Black Corton. It was a third victory in the race in four seasons for Elliott following Lord Scoundrel (2016) and Clarcam (2018).

Notable past winners include Carlingford Lough (2013), Road To Riches (2014) and Balko Des Flos (2017). Carlingford Lough was the last winning favourite in the Galway Plate. The supporting card includes the EBF Mares Handicap Hurdle, won by Bercasa for Thomas and David Mullins last year.

Galway Plate Tips

Gordon Elliott’s recent run of success in the Galway Plate makes his entries a good place to start for your Galway Plate tips. The race is usually won by a safe jumper carrying less than 11 stone, often with winning form at Grade 2 level. Horses aged seven and eight have the best recent record, winning six of the last seven renewals.

Galway Tips Day 4

Day 4 of the Galway Festival is Ladies’ Day and features the Galway Hurdle, the most valuable prize of the week. Tony Martin and Robbie Power won the big race in 2019 with 10-1 shot Tudor City. Martin also won this race with the well-backed Thomas Edison (2014) and Quick Jack (2015).

Willie Mullins has also enjoyed success in the Galway Hurdle with Clondaw Warrior (2016) and Sharjah (2018). Other notable winners include Overturn (2010) and Missunited (2013). Mullins was also on the mark in the Grade 3 Guinness Open Gate Brewery Novice Chase with even-money favourite Wicklow Brave. 

Galway Hurdle Tips

Trainer Tony Martin is a shrewd judge of a handicap and is very adept at handling dual-purpose horses. Entries from his stable are worth considering for your Galway Hurdle Tips while any runners from the Willie Mullins yard will also feature in the Galway Hurdle odds. A high percentage of winners had finished in the top three on their most recent outing.

Galway Tips Day 5

The highlight of day 5 of the Galway Festival is the Guinness Galway Blazers Handicap Chase over the same trip as the Galway Plate. Willie Mullins claimed yet another valuable prize at this meeting with Minella Beau in 2019, returned 4-1 favourite. Henry De Bromhead trained back-to-back winners of this race with On Fiddlers Green (2016) and Riviera Sun (2017).

Mullins completed a big race double when Mr Adjudicator made amends for an unlucky defeat in the Galway Hurdle to take the Guinness Handicap. It was his fourth winner in the last five renewals of this race including the well-backed Whiskey Sour in 2017.

Galway Tips Day 6

The weekend action is exclusively for flat racing this year, starting with a seven-race card on Saturday. The feature race is the Galway Shopping Centre Handicap, won in 2019 by Great Trango. The favourite was Great White Shark who finished third when attempting to land his second big prize of the meeting.

Willie Mullins has won four times in this race since 2013, notably with Low Sun in 2018. That horse went on to win the Cesarewitch Handicap at Newmarket in the same season. Aidan O’Brien saddled a quick-fire treble on the corresponding card in 2019 with Emperor Of The Sun, Lancaster House and Royal County Down.

Galway Tips Day 7

The seven-day festival concludes with a second day of flat racing, featuring the Irish Stallions Farms EBF Ahonoora Handicap over seven furlongs. The race produced a 20-1 shock in 2019 when Laughifuwant struck for Gerard Keane and Seamie Heffernan. Brian Ellison plundered this prize for four consecutive seasons with Baraweez (2014, 2015) and Dream Walker (2016, 2017). Pintura (2012) and Safe Voyage (2018) also rewarded connections for a trip across the Irish Sea.

The EBF Median Auction Maiden for two-year-olds proved exceptional in 2019 when Alpine Star beat Santiago. The winner was an emphatic winner of the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot this summer while Santiago won the Queen’s Vase before following up in the Irish Derby.

Galway Tips Racing 2020

Galway Live Streaming

No spectators will be permitted at Galway 2020 but RTE will provide free to air coverage on all seven days. If don’t have access to RTE, you can still watch your Galway Bets through the live streaming offered by bookmakers. For a small minimum stake (typically £1) you will be able to watch any race live on your computer or mobile device. For more detailed information, check your bookmaker’s website.

Best Bookmakers for Galway Festival Betting

Galway betting shares the spotlight with Glorious Goodwood on a busy week for bookmakers. There will have plenty of Galway Free Bets and special offers for new customers. Paddy Power, Coral and William Hill also have excellent Galway Betting Offers for existing customers including price boosts and enhanced place terms on the big handicaps.

The Galway Festival is a great time to take advantage of some of the fantastic Galway Free Bets by opening new betting accounts. Bet365 and Unibet are among the best for special offers. If you deposit and stake up to £100 on Galway bets with Bet365, they will match your stake with up to £100 in free bets! Place a £10 Galway bet with Unibet and they will provide you with £40 in free bets. Check the terms and conditions for full details.

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How to Bet on Galway

If you are looking for Galway tips, look no further than the stable of Willie Mullins. He assumed the title as the ‘King of Ballybrit’ from Dermot Weld who saddled a record 17 winners at the meeting in 2014. Mullins has twice managed 12 winners at the Galway Festival so don’t be surprised to see him dominate once again in 2020.

Aidan O’Brien has relatively few runners here but any entries from the Ballydoyle stable are well worth noting. He had 6 winners in 2019 and is not averse to running some very promising two-year-olds here. The course itself is very tight and constantly on the turn so there are inevitably traffic problems in large fields.

Galway racecourse tends to favour speedy types who like to race up with the pace, both on the flat and over jumps. When betting on the flat, the draw bias is worth noting for your Galway betting tips. A low draw is an advantage in races up to a mile and previous course form is another key factor.

 

Galway Races FAQ’s

Is the Galway Festival cancelled?

No. The Galway Festival 2020 will go ahead but no spectators will be allowed.

What date is the Galway Festival?

Galway 2020 is scheduled for Monday 27th July to Sunday 2nd August.

Where is the Galway Festival held?

The Galway Festival takes place at Ballybrit Racecourse in Galway.

What is the highlight of the Galway Festival?

The two highest profile races of the Galway Festival are the Galway Plate on Wednesday and the Galway Hurdle on Thursday.

Can you buy tickets for the Galway Festival 2020?

No. Galway 2020 is closed to the public due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Royal Ascot Tips

As the flat racing action rolls in thick and fast, you’ll want to keep up to speed with the betting for all the grade one races, and indeed every race of Royal Ascot 2020. Fortunately, Racing Tips are offering a whole host of Ascot tips on each of the five days, ensuring you get the most bang for your buck.

Alongside features and race previews, you’ll see these hot tips across our site and can wager and cash in as you please amidst the thrilling racing drama. .

Royal Ascot Day 5 Tips

The final day of Royal Ascot action brings five days of unrelenting entertainment to an end, albeit with a bang. With the Alexandra Stakes acting as the finale to the pinnacle of the flat racing season, get in on the day five betting action with our Royal Ascot tips and live streaming services.

TimeRaceOur TipPlace Bet
12:40pm Silver WokinghamNahaarrPlace Bet
1:15pmQueen Mary StakesWings Of A DovePlace Bet
1:50pmCoventry StakesPainless PotterPlace Bet
2:25pmCoronation StakesRun WildPlace Bet
3:00pmSt James’ Palace StakesThreatPlace Bet
3:35pmDiamond Jubilee StakesSpeak In ColoursPlace Bet
4:10pmWokingham HandicapSilent EchoPlace Bet
4:40pmQueen Alexandra StakesThe Grand VisirPlace Bet

Take a read of our Royal Ascot FAQ and clue up on the action before the drama unfolds at Berkshire this June, whether it’s Group One races or not.

Ascot Free Bets

If you’re looking for Ascot tips, you’ll also want to make the most of our Ascot free bet offers, with plenty of our partner bookmakers – like Bet365 – offering a whole host of deals and promotions for your services, whether you’re a new or existing customer.

And that’s not all. Aside from Bet365, the other big bookies – William Hill, Paddy Power, Ladbrokes, and the likes – will also be offering similar deals, worthy of the attention of fans and punters alike.

With Racing Tips, all this and more will be available to ensure whether it’s Royal Ascot day 1, or the Diamond Jubilee finale, you’ll have the best free bets at your disposal as the action and entertainment unfolds.

Royal Ascot tips for the Diamond Jubilee

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Royal Ascot Dates & Racing Schedule

In order to make the most of our free bets and various Ascot odds, you’ll want to make sure you’re all clued up on when every single race of the day unfolds.

Indeed, each day will offer seven swashbuckling races, with the final day of drama – Royal Ascot day 5 – offering eight. What’s more, the action will kick off at 1:15pm each day, culminating at 4:40pm to provide viewers with an afternoon worthy of all the talent and entertainment on offer.

Across this mid-June racing bonanza, you’ll be able to catch every moment of racing action, as well as all the best Ascot tips. However, if you’re unable to grace the enclosures of Berkshire yourself, well…

Royal Ascot Live Streaming

If you’re unable to catch the live 2020 Royal Ascot action, well, fret not, for Racing Tips are offering the next best thing: live streaming services.

Indeed, you’ll be made to feel as if you’ve been transported track-side, experiencing the thrill and exhilaration of live racing without any of the real-life complications.

All you have to do is sign up with a major bookmaker – Bet365 lead the live-stream charge – confirm your personal details, and you’ll be able to watch every single one of the 30 races from wherever you want in the UK.

You’ll be able to place bets accordingly as the action unfolds, live and in-play – including recovery bets should your wagers take a turn for the worse.

So, whether you’re out and about or on the go, you won’t be missing a single moment of the Royal Ascot 2020 action, with our Ascot tips and offers.

Royal Ascot tips and history

Wind back the years and immerse yourself in Royal Ascot history…

Royal Ascot History

Royal Ascot as we know it today has been shaped by years of historical changes, celebrations, legislations, and figures.

Indeed, it was Queen Anne in 1711 who first saw the potential for a racecourse at East Cote. She declared that the setting seemed the perfect place for ‘horses to gallop at full stretch’ and bought the land for a, then, large amount of £558, demanding it to be cleared and prepped for racing.

The men who were put to the task were led by none other than William Lowen. With Lowen and his team of helpers on hand, the first permanent building was erected successfully in 1793.

From there on, things developed quickly, with her Majesty’s Plate – one of the first races to become ingrained in Ascot tradition – featuring three separate heats, becoming an annual event which we now see leading the Ascot tips.

Upcoming Festivals

July Festival Tips

Looking for the latest news and tips for the July Meeting? Our team of experts will cover every race during Newmarket’s premier summer Festival, reporting any breaking news, betting developments and providing expert insight into the 2019 July Meeting.

Day One Tips

1:50pm Bahrain TrophyEAGLES BY DAYGET 9/4 HERE
2:25pm July StakesKING NEPTUNEGET 14/1 HERE
3:00pm bet365 HandicapMAGICAL WISHGET 12/1 HERE
3:35pm Princess Of Wales’s StakesMASARGET 6/5 HERE
4:05pm Maiden StakesDAILY TIMESGET 9/2 HERE
4:40pm Sir Henry Cecil StakesTURGENEVGET 11/4 HERE
5:10pm John Deere & Ben Burgess HandicapWINGS OF TIMEGET 4/1 HERE

2019 July Cup Tips

It’s easy to see why Advertise heads the Newmarket betting, after his return to top form in the Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot. The beaten favourite that day was TEN SOVEREIGNS, who failed to live up to the hype with a rather limp display. The betting suggests the bookies have lost faith in Aidan O’Brien’s colt, which is rather unfair on the back of just one understandably poor outing and he looks the most dangerously overpriced contender in this year’s July Cup.

2019 July Meeting Day One Tips

Plenty went wrong at the start of the Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot for returning Epsom Derby hero MASAR who stumbled badly and almost unseated James Doyle leaving the stalls; but the pair recovered and remained competitive until well inside the final furlong before a lack of fitness told late on.

Charlie Appleby’s charge ought to prove a lot sharper for that reappearance, and while there is a slight worry that this outing could come too soon less than three weeks on from those exertions, if he is none the worse for that reappearance effort and can build on the run then he could take plenty of beating here.

More Day One Tips

All of the previous four Bahrain Trophy winners took part in the King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot. EAGLES BY DAY stayed on beyond Private Secretary and Pablo Escobar to place third in that Group Two and I think Michael Bell’s charge has an excellent chance of claiming a first major victory as he drops down in class on Thursday.

It was a performance of budding maturity in a race much deeper and more competitive than this. Eagles By Day really enjoyed the firm ground when winning nicely at Salisbury at the start of the year and this trip seems to be ideal. Michael Bell has a solid record at the July Meeting and Danny Tudhope, one of the stand-out jockeys at Royal Ascot, has been operating at a near-30% strike rate ever since. Eagles By Day looks a good-thing to me!

Day Two Tips

1:50pm bet365 HandicapALLMANKINDGET 16/1 HERE
2:25pm Duchess Of Cambridge StakesDAAHYEHGET 13/8 HERE
3:00pm bet365 TrophyBEN VRACKIEGET 11/4 HERE
3:35pm Falmouth StakesBESHAAYIRGET 4/1 HERE
4:10pm Maiden StakesAL SUHAILSP

More Day Two Tips

3:00pm bet365 Trophy (Heritage Handicap) 1m6f

It will be very interesting to see how King’s Advice gets on after his winning run came to an end in the Northumberland Plate and it’s also worth watching the progressive Outbox very closely. Both appeal at each-way prices, yet, the stage looks set for BEN VRACKIE (NAP) to prove his class in the inaugural running on this staying handicap.

Unraced as a two-year-old, John Gosden waited until July last year to hand Ben Vrackie his stable debut. Gosden’s imposing colt got off the mark at the third time of asking with a superb 11-length triumph on the all-weather at Kempton, before following up with a narrow defeat to Maid Up in the Group Three March Stakes at Glorious Goodwood.

Ben Vrackie then made his reappearance in the Duke Of Edinburgh Stakes and, although he was defeated by Baghdad, Gosden’s colt ran a sensational race. A sluggish start saw Frankie Dettori’s mount sitting miles off the pace, treading a path some five horse widths off the rail for much of that mile-and-a-half trip. Few horses made up ground from such an unfavourable position during the entire meeting, but Ben Vrackie picked up brilliantly, powering home down the centre of the track, coming within a head of upsetting Mark Johnston’s favourite.

This four-year-old son of Frankel clocked an RPR of 109 on his final start as a three-year-old and managed an even more impressive mark of 113 when second at Ascot. This suggests Ben Vrackie could still be well-handicapped running off his official rating of 104 and I expect the favourite to score nicely over this extended trip.

The Moët & Chandon July Festival

Once the historic Epsom Derby meeting and the glitz and glamour of Royal Ascot have come and gone, Newmarket opens their famous gates to the public in the second week of July, hosting their popular The Moët & Chandon July Festival.

There are two racetracks inside the confines of Newmarket racecourse. The Rowley Mile is more celebrated, staging races like the 2000 and 1000 Guineas. The July Festival, however, will be held on the July course and a handful of top honours will be up for grabs during the three-day meeting.

Day one at the July Festival is recognised as Ladies Day, where female racegoers are encouraged to wear their finest garments and enter various style pageants. The Bahrain Trophy gets the action on the track underway, before the Arqana July Stakes and the Princess Of Wales’s Stakes provide entrants with the chance to claim a lucrative, Group Two prize.

Feel Good Friday starts with a bang, with the Silver Bunbury Cup preceding the Duchess Of Cambridge Stakes. The headline race on day two at Newmarket is the Group One Falmouth Stakes – a one mile contest which has been won by some of the sport’s finest fillies, including Sonic Lady, Soviet Song and Goldikova.

The third and final day of the July Festival opens up with the Superlative Stakes and the Bunbury Cup, two excellent races which provide a thrilling prelude to the main event of the meeting – the July Cup.

This historic sprint was first staged in 1876 and often attracts the fastest and finest sprinters from around the world. The ITV Racing team will be situated in Newmarket to capture this prestigious Group One and all the big races during the July Meeting. It truly is an event not to be missed.

2019 July Festival Dates

Two Group Ones headline the three-day Festival. Saturday’s July Cup is the premier race of Newmarket’s meeting, with Friday’s Falmouth Stakes boasting an impressive roll of honour of its own.

Four Group Twos will be up for grabs during the July Festival, with the Arqana July Stakes remaining one of the most important two-year-old contests during the season. The Group Three Bahrain Trophy will give St Leger hopefuls the chance to impress, with the Listed Henry Cecil stakes another major race during the July Festival.

Saturday’s Bunbury Cup is the biggest handicap of the meeting, along with the bet365 Heritage Handicap. July Festival dates watchers will notice another bet365 Handicap Stakes has been inserted into the July Festival and will occupy the penultimate slot on day two.

The ITV Racing team will be in attendance at Newmarket to capture the best of the action during all three July Festival dates, making the 2018 July Festival an event you really can’t afford to miss.

Thursday 11th July – Ladies’ Day

13:50 Bahrain Trophy (Group 3) (3yo) 1m5f

14:25 ARQANA July Stakes (Group 2) (2yo) 6f

15:00 bet365 Handicap Stakes (Heritage Handicap) (Class 2) 6f

15:35 Princess of Wales’s ARQANA Racing Club Stakes (Group 2) 1m4f

16:10 British Stallion Studs EBF Maiden Fillies’ Stakes (Plus 10) (Class 2) 6f

16:45 Edmondson Hall Solicitors Sir Henry Cecil Stakes (Listed) (3yo) 1m

17:20 Saeed Suhail Saeed Handicap Stakes (Class 2) 5f

Friday 12th July – Feel Good Friday

13:50 bet365 (Silver Bunbury Cup) Handicap Stakes (Class 2) 7f

14:25 Duchess of Cambridge Stakes (Group 2) (Fillies) 6f

15:00 bet365 Handicap Stakes (Class 2) (3yo) 1m2f

15:35 Tattersalls Falmouth Stakes (Group 1) (British Champion Series) 1m

16:10 Weatherbys British EBF Maiden Stakes (Plus 10) (Class 3) (2yo) 7f

16:45 Handicap Stakes (Class 2) 1m6f

17:20 Saeed Suhail Saeed Handicap Stakes (Class 3) 1m

Saturday 13th July – July Cup Day

13:05 bet365 Superlative Stakes (Group 2) (2yo) 7f

13:40 bet365 Bunbury Cup (Heritage Handicap) (Class 2) 7f

14:15 Darley July Cup (Group 1) (British Champion Series) 6f

14:50 Rossdales British EBF Maiden Fillies’ Stakes (Plus 10) (Class 2) 7f

15:20 bet365 Mile Handicap Stakes (Class 2) (3yo) 1m

15:55 Spa at Bedford Lodge British EBF Fillies’ Handicap Stakes (Class 2) (3yo) 7f

16:30 Saeed Suhail Saeed Handicap Stakes (Class 3) 1m4f

2017 Falmouth Stakes Replay

2017 July Cup Replay

Upcoming Festivals

July and August have plenty more great racing events, and our team will be with you for every single one, delivering our usual exhaustive range of free tips.

Pegasus World Cup Tips

We’ll be bringing you tips and betting predictions ahead of the 2019 Pegasus World Cup at Gulfstream Park.

2019 Pegasus World Cup Preview

Check back this December for our preview of the 2019 race.

Pegasus World Cup Tips & Predictions

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Pegasus World Cup

The Pegasus World Cup is a recent entry into the world of competitive horse racing, having had its inaugural running at the Gulfstream Park in Florida in January 2017. pIt was created to fill in the ‘gap’ between the major horse racing events in North America.

Purse

The prize purse for the Pegasus World Cup makes it the richest horse race in the world. In 2017 the prize purse was a hefty $12 million, rising to $16 million in 2018.

Gulfstream Park

With an attached club and casino, Gulfstream Park is one of the most luxurious racecourses in the US. The Park originally opened in 1939, and has been running major events in the Unites States ever since, including the Florida Derby.

It’s a one and one-eighth mile course (dirt) or one mile (turf) course, shaped as an oval. Due to the variable weather conditions in Florida, course conditions can be anything from soft to firm.

Notable Pegasus World Cup winners

The first Pegasus World Cup was won in 2017 by the Bob Baffert-trained Arrogate, the then current holder of the Breeders’ Cup Classic. In 2018 the 2017 ‘American Horse of the Year’ and also winner of the Breeders’ Cup Classic Gun Runner took first spot – the horse’s final event before it retired to stud.

What are the next horse racing events?

There are plenty of major racing festivals coming up in the next few months, click the links below to see our tipsters previews and early tips.

Japan Cup Tips

Our tipsters will share free tips ahead of the 2018 Japan Cup, check back here in October for our full preview and early tips.

2018 Japan Cup Preview

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Japan Cup Betting Tips

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The Japan Cup

On the last Sunday of November each year at the Tokyo Racecourse, one of the most prestigious races held in Japan is competed for. The Japan Cup, as the race is known, is one of the richest races in world, nearing the Melbourne Cup and the Dubai World Cup in terms of prize money. The race is run over a distance close to twelve furlongs (1.5 miles, 2400m) and is for three-year-olds and up.

Purse

The total prize money for the race is now over $5 million (around £3.75 million or ¥625 million), with the winning horse trotting away with $2.5 million. There are several bonuses too, added to the purse to attract the cream of foreign-based horses.

For example, a horse that wins both the Dubai World Cup and the Japan Cup acquires a bonus of ¥80 million ($0.7 million/£0.5 million).

Tokyo Racecourse

Based in Fuchu and owned by the Japan Racing Association, Tokyo Racecourse is generally regarded as the most important racetrack in Japan. It was constructed in 1933 and now, since being redeveloped in 2007, it has a capacity of 223,000 (13,750 seated). The course is turf, with a left-handed, oval track. Conditions are typically good, dependent upon the weather.

Notable Japan Cup Winners

No horse has ever won the Japan Cup twice. The inaugural meeting in 1981 was won by Mairzy Doates of the USA. Irish-based horse Stanerra was the first European winner in 1983, and one year later the first Japanese horse to win the race – Katsuragi Ace – came home in first place. Japanese horses have now won every race since 2005.

Upcoming horse racing festivals

December has a number of big racing festivals, and our expert team will be sharing free tips and predictions for all the major races.

ITV Racing Tips

Get free betting tips and advice on all the live races on ITV and ITV4 today.

Racing on ITV & ITV4

ITV Racing is the number one horse racing broadcaster on terrestrial television. Ever since purchasing the rights from Channel 4 at the start of 2017, ITV Racing’s team of presenters and analysts have been bringing us live coverage of huge racing events like Royal Ascot, the Grand National and the Cheltenham Festival.

Free tips on today’s ITV racing

Every Saturday, and for all the major horse racing meeting, ITV Racing hits our screens to provide viewers with top-quality coverage. This ITV Racing tips page will be updated on a daily basis, as our experts cast their eye through all of that week’s televised races and publish their tips, breaking news and betting suggestions.

You can also see our tipsters NAP of the day and all of our teams horse racing tips for the other races having

Preakness Stakes Tips

The 2019 instalment of the famous Preakness Stakes will take place on the 18th of May, our experts will share their free tips and predictions ahead of the race.

2019 Preakness Stakes Preview

Our preview of the 2019 Preakness Stakes will be available in April.

Preakness Stakes Betting Tips

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Preakness Stakes

The Preakness Stakes forms the second event in what is known as the ‘Triple Crown’ of US horse racing, the other events being the Kentucky Derby and the Belmont Stakes. It is typically held each year on the third Saturday in May, at the Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore. This Grade I race is for three years olds and runs over a short distance of nine and a half furlongs.

The event actually predates the more lucrative Kentucky Derby by two years, being first run in 1873. The race has been held without fail each year aside from a break between 1891 and 1893 inclusive.

The Run for the Black-Eyed Susans

This race is known informally as The Run for the Black-Eyed Susans. This is because the traditional wreath that is placed around the winner’s neck is made from yellow flowers in order to resemble the Maryland State flower, known as the black-eyed Susan.

Stage 2 of the Triple Crown

As mentioned above, the Preakness Stakes is the second event in the US thoroughbred triple crown, run two weeks after the Kentucky Derby. Any horse that wins both events and the Belmont Stakes in June goes down in history as a Triple Crown Winner.

Pimlico Race Course

Opened as long ago as 1870, the Pimlico Race Course is named in honour of the Olde Ben Pimlico’s Tavern, in London, and is owned by the Maryland Jockey Club. It has staged every running of the Preakness Stakes. The Race Course has survived many unfortunate events during its history, including 1904’s Great Fire of Baltimore, and the US Depression in the 1930s.

Notable Preakness Stakes Winners

The record margin of victory – a stunning eleven and a half lengths – was set by Smarty Jones in 2004. No horse has ever won the Preakness Stakes on more than one occasion. The legendary Secretariat owns the speed record for the race, romping home in 1973 in one minute and fifty-three seconds.

Eddie Arcaro is the most successful jockey in the event, winning six times between 1941 and 1957.

What are the next racing events?

Looking for more free tips? Check out our daily horse racing tips – packed with analysis and betting advice on every meeting that day.

Kentucky Derby Tips

We have tips and predictions ahead of the 2019 Kentucky Derby, which takes place on Saturday 4th of May.

2019 Kentucky Derby Preview

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Kentucky Derby Betting Tips & Predictions

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Kentucky Derby Festival

Synonymous with horse racing in the United States, the Kentucky Derby Festival is the annual festival of racing held each year in May, at the Churchill Downs racecourse, Louisville, Kentucky. Plenty of both racing events and non-racing events are held, including the Kentucky Derby itself – one of the richest races in the USA, and certainly the most well-known.

Other events include the impressive ‘Thunder Over Louisville’ fireworks display, the Kentucky Derby Marathon and miniMarathon, the Pegasus Parade and the Great Balloon Race. While the Kentucky Derby itself has been run since 1875, the associated festival has only been a regular event since 1935.

The Kentucky Derby

The Kentucky Derby actually has its origins in England. Colonel Merriweather Lewis Clark Jr was visiting Epsom in Surrey in 1872, where he witnessed the Epsom Derby. Later, Clark visited France and spoke with members of the newly-formed French Jockey Club. Once back home in Kentucky, Clark formed the Louisville Jockey Club and financed the building of Churchill Downs racetrack. He then helped organise the first Kentucky Derby in 1875.

The Kentucky Derby has now been run on a continual basis since then, even without interruption for either World War.

The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports

Over its history, the Kentucky Derby has become known as The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports. The race is run over a short course of only ten furlongs (one and a quarter miles), meaning that the leading horses cover the distance in as little as two minutes. The speed record is held by the legendary Secretariat, who broke the two-minute barrier in 1973.

Stage One of the Triple Crown

The Triple Crown in US racing is awarded to any three-year-old thoroughbred horse who wins three of the leading flat races in the Unites States each year. The Kentucky Derby is the first of these races to be held, in May. The Preakness Stakes is also held in May, and the Belmont Stakes is held in June. As of 2018, thirteen horses have achieved the Triple Crown.

Churchill Downs

Churchill Downs racecourse was expressly conceived and built for the running of the Kentucky Derby. Land was purchased by the Louisville Jockey Club for the course in 1873 from John and Henry Churchill, after whom the track is named. Churchill Downs has a staggering capacity of 170,000, and is habitually brimming with people for the running of the Derby.

Notable Kentucky Derby Winners

As the Kentucky Derby is a race for three-year-olds only, no horse has ever won the Kentucky Derby on more than one occasion. As mentioned above, the course record was set in 1973 by possibly the most famous horse in USA racing history, Secretariat. Justify broke a ‘hoodoo’ in 2018 by winning the Derby having never run as a two-year-old – something not achieved since Apollo in 1882.

The record margin of victory is eight lengths, set by Old Rosebud in 1914 and since equalled by Johnstown (1939), Whirlaway (1941) and Assault (1946).

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King George VI Chase Tips

2018 King George VI Result

? Clan Des Obeaux 12/1
? Thistlecrack 15/2
? Native River 9/2

2018 King George VI Chase Preview

There is plenty of top-class festive fayre to look forward to in the horse racing calendar, with the week between Christmas and New Year packed solid with cracking racing action across the UK and Ireland.

Leopardstown’s Christmas Festival meeting which features multiple Grade One races, the Welsh Grand National and the Rowland Meyrick Chase are just a few of the highlights punters can look forward to; but the undoubted feature of the week goes to post on Boxing Day with the latest renewal of the famous King George VI Chase at Kempton.

Getting underway at 3.05pm, the three-mile contest is sure to serve up another Christmas cracker as some of the biggest names come together to contest this top-class event which boasts a first-prize in excess of £140,000 and the chance to join such luminaries as Cue Card, Silviniaco Conti, Kauto Star, Long Run, Kicking King, Edredon Bleu and Best Mate who have all won this race since the turn of the century.

Tip: Back Thistlecrack for the King George

Perhaps one to take out of the Betfair Chase was THISTLECRACK (9/1, Coral) who won this race in 2016, and Colin Tizzard’s charge made a very pleasing return at Haydock having been out for almost one year through injury.

The 2016 World Hurdle winner won his first four starts over fences, including this race when beating Cue Card prior to losing his unbeaten chase record when denied by a head behind Many Clouds in the Cotswold Chase. Oliver Sherwood’s Grand National winner sadly died soon after the race, and nothing can be taken away from the gutsy winner; Thistlecrack however was found to have sustained an injury in the heat of battle, while a relatively busy novice campaign may just have taken the edge from him.

He shaped well in this race last term following a dismal return over hurdles in the Long Distance Hurdle, beaten around six lengths having ultimately surrendered all chance of successfully defending his crown with a mistake at the second last fence.

Having now had a pipe-opener in the Betfair Chase where he posted a satisfactory comeback to finish third, he could well build on that and he remains one to be interested in. He didn’t always jump with fluency at Haydock, and he was deliberate at his fences on more than one occasion; but he showed more than enough to suggest most of his old ability remains intact, and he probably still has more to offer over fences.

King George VI Chase Star Rating Guide


With question marks against many of the established three miles, backing an up-and-coming stayer could be the way to go. Waiting Patiently is one of the two leading candidates stepping up and has been well supported in recent weeks. I, however, prefer the chances of Politologue and he’s going to be my five-star selection in the 2018 King George.

Paul Nicholls’ stunning grey has always been a classy operator, I just feared he didn’t have the battling qualities towards the end of a race you need to be a true champion. Those notions, however, dissipated at Aintree in the Melling Chase, where Politologue battled back valiantly after being headed by Min at the last to claim his second Grade One win of the campaign.

That triumph meant Politologue had to shoulder a penalty in the 1965 Christy Chase, but that didn’t stop Sam Twiston-Davies mount from outjumping his rivals and staying strong as Charbel – who boosted the form in the Peterborough Chase last weekend – to score at Ascot. While he may not produce that much off the bridle, Politologue tanks through his races and – if he has the leaders within his sights jumping the last – he could be this year’s king of Kempton.

2018 King George Confirmed Runners

Few were surprised when Altior was removed from the running, but Nicky Henderson still has high hopes in this year’s King George, with defending champion Might Bite heading the list of confirmed runners submitted this afternoon. Might Bite remained at the head of the betting, despite losing by 30 lengths in the Betfair Chase and he can be found as short as 5/2 to retain his crown with Ladbrokes.

Two-and-a-half-miles specialists, Waiting Patiently and Politologue will have their first crack at 24 furlongs in the King George and both have been backed in recent weeks, with Ladbrokes listing the pair as 9/2 joint-second favourites. Two-time Betfair Chase winner, Bristol De Mai then sits fourth in the betting, with Thistlecrack jumping ahead of his Gold Cup winning stablemate, Native Riversince their runs at Haydock.

Clan Des Obeaux is fancied by some to run a good race, with Ladbrokes listing Paul Nicholls second runner at odds of 14/1. Last year’s surprise runner-up, Double Shuffle sits near the bottom of the betting, alongside the two remaining British runners, Coneygree and Tea For Two.

Pat Kelly’s threat to send Presenting Percy to Kempton hasn’t come to fruition, as he – along with practically all of his Irish counterparts – have withdrawn their runners from the race. The only possible raider from the Emerald Isle is Shattered Love, but Ladbrokes’ odds of 20/1 suggest Gordon Elliott’s mare will not take her chance in Kempton’s Boxing Day bonanza.

King George VI Chase

Run over three-miles, the King George is renowned for being one of the most prestigious jump racing prizes of the campaign and frequently acts as the leading trial for the Cheltenham Gold Cup raced in March. Britain and Ireland’s leading steeplechasers routinely collide for the first time each season in Kempton’s Grade One highlight as the division seeks to position itself ahead of the Cheltenham Festival in the spring.

Founded in 1937 in honour of a new British monarch, the King George VI Chase offers a unique test to the National Hunt chaser. A total of eighteen fences on Kempton’s right-handed track ensures it is a real test of stamina, speed and jumping. The flat nature of the course can be deceiving to some connections with many claiming the emphasis of the King George is placed more on pace than the ability to see out the trip.

Previous winners of the great Boxing Day showpiece include Kauto Star, Desert Orchid and Wayward Lad, three of the greatest horses in National Hunt history. The Paul Nicholls-trained Kauto Star went on to win the King George on five separate occasions in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2011. It was a feat regarded as amongst the best in the sport’s history and produced scenes of great jubilation at the Middlesex track across a six year spell.

Kempton Park Racecourse

Kempton Park lies on the border of Greater London, and is the scene for the King George VI Chase, as well as notable races such as the Feltham Novices’ Chase and the BetBright Chase, amongst others.

The main track features an all-weather synthetic track, while the flat races take place on the mile long Jubilee Course.

Kauto Star – Kempton Legend

Kauto Star possessed a tremendous attitude for the test that the King George provided. The gelded son of Village Star jumped with real fluency over the 18 obstacles before utilising his superior stamina and speed to see off his rivals on five different occasions.

It is Kauto Star’s success that makes the King George such a great viewing spectacle both on and off course. The horse brought the sport into the mainstream during his racing career which ensured a memorable atmosphere for all in attendance.

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Melbourne Cup Tips

2018 Melbourne Cup Betting Tips

Liam Howley’s HOMESMAN ran a blinder behind Best Solution in the Caulfield Cup. Ben Melham didn’t have to work too hard to grab a prominent position from an inside draw and tracked Best Solution’s move as the eventual winner kicked for home. Homesman matched Best Solution stride-for-stride, pulling upsides Pat Cosgrave’s mount at the 50m mark and was only denied victory on the bob of a head.

That was a career best display from the former Ballydoyle inmate over 12 furlongs, who’s best runs until then had come over shorter trips. Howley has been steadily stepping Homesman up in trip since he made the switch from Aidan O’Brien’s stable and he gained some valuable experience here at Flemington back in March, losing out by just two lengths in the Australia Cup.

Since then, Homesman has run in four Group Ones, winning the Underwood Stakes last month before crossing the line four lengths adrift of Benbatl in the Ladbrokes Stakes. Two miles is completely unknown territory for the Lloyd Williams-owned colt and his breeding doesn’t scream out stayer. Despite that, Homesman has been running well at a high level all season and will have the pace to capitalise should the Melbourne Cup become a tactical affair.

2018 Melbourne Cup Final Field

The draw for this year’s Melbourne Cup will be made on Saturday 3rd November, three days before the main event!

Melbourne Cup

For over one hundred and fifty years now the Melbourne Cup has been the most famous race for thoroughbreds in Australia. It’s a two mile race (or, to be exact, 3.2 kilometres as Australia fully adopted the metric system in 1972) for horses aged three years old and over.

The prize money for this cash-laden race now stands at A $7.3 million, which is around £4 million or $5.4 million, making the Melbourne Cup one of the richest horse races in the world.

The race that stops a nation

Although now twelve yards short of an official two mile race, the Melbourne Cup is still unofficially recognised as the richest ‘two mile’ handicap in the world. The prize money has practically doubled over the past twenty years, plus the winning owner gets to take home the historic Melbourne Cup itself, a trophy manufactured from 18-carat gold.

Flemington Racecourse

The Melbourne Cup is, understandably, run in Melbourne, at the Flemington Racecourse. This racecourse has been open since 1960, and hosts both flat and steeplechase races. It has a capacity of 120,000 spectators, and as well as the Melbourne Cup hosts the Victoria Derby and the Newmarket Handicap.

2017 Melbourne Cup Replay

Melbourne Cup – Past Winners

Makbye Diva – owned by Tony Dantic and trained by David Hall and Lee Freedman, is the only horse to have won the Melbourne Cup three times, doing so in 2003, 2004 and 2005. She retired in 2005 as the highest-ever earner in Australian racing history with A$14 million.

Three horses have won the race twice – Archer (1861, 1862), Peter Pan (1932, 1934), Rain Lover (1968, 1969) and Think Big (1974, 1979).

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