Horse Racing Betting Odds & Free Bets
Since the dawn of Newmarket, Britain has been a nation obsessed with horse racing. Today, there are races every day and when the Classics roll around the whole country picks a horse and crosses their fingers.
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But while many of us simply love a cheeky bet on the Epsom Derby or the Grand National, some punters are hard workers, studying the form and top tips to maximise winnings.
At Freebets.com we love the horse racing. Our industry experts provide free tips for all of the high profile events as well as daily racing selections, regular naps and ante-post betting advice. You will also find an unrivalled selection of free bet offers and money back specials on our site which can be used on both flat and jumps codes of the sport.
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Around the world, horse racing is one of the most betted on and most exciting sports. In the USA you’ve the Kentucky Derby, in Europe there’s the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe and there are plenty of major races across the Middle East, Asia, and Australia which offer up some of the biggest prize pots in the sport.
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Which means there’s plenty for you to bet on too. One thing to keep an eye on, whether you’re just betting on British races or worldwide, is the type of track. There are numerous types of track from grass to dirt, to synthetic tracks and on natural tracks the weather can often play a part in the firmness of the ground.
Different horses suit different tracks and it’s well worth studying your horse and the track before placing a bet.
Flat races are run over numerous distances from 5 furlong sprints to test speed to 2 mile 4 furlong long distance tests of stamina, with middle distance races providing horses with a test of both speed and stamina.
International races such as those mentioned above attract large audiences worldwide with plenty of betting to be had on the races leading up to the big events themselves.
The big UK flat races are the 1000 Guineas, 2000 Guineas, Epsom Oaks, Epsom Derby and St Leger with meetings such as Royal Ascot and Glorious Goodwood also of huge interest. You can use the links on the right of this page (mobile users scroll down) to learn about those events in more detail.
Top Flat Jockeys
Having a talented jockey in the saddle is often the difference between a horse winning and losing and there have been some masters or riding over the years such as Lester Pigott and Willie Carson and more recently the likes of Frankie Dettori, Kieren Fallon and Richard Hughes.
Below is a list of the last 10 British flat racing Champion Jockey’s according to most wins per season.
2005 – Jamie Spencer – 163 wins
2006 – Ryan Moore – 180 wins
2007 – Seb Sanders & Jamie Spencer – 190 wins
2008 – Ryan Moore – 186 wins
2009 – Ryan Moore – 174 wins
2010 – Paul Hanagan – 191 wins
2011 – Paul Hanagan – 165 wins
2012 – Richard Hughes – 172 wins
2013 – Richard Hughes – 208 wins
2014 – Richard Hughes – 165 wins
2015 – Silvestre de Sousa – 132 wins
2016 – Jim Crowley – 148 wins
Top Flat Trainers
Some trainers just seem to have a knack of getting that extra bit out of a horse and siding with the ones who regularly pick the right races for their runners can help your betting returns.
The Champion Trainer of flat racing in Great Britain is the trainer whose horses have won the most prize money during a season, of which the past 10 are listed below.
2005 – Sir Michael Stoute
2006 – Sir Michael Stoute
2007 – Aidan O’Brien
2008 – Aidan O’Brien
2009 – Sir Michael Stoute
2010 – Richard Hannon Senior
2011 – Richard Hannon Senior
2012 – John Gosden
2013 – Richard Hannon Senior
2014 – Richard Hannon Junior
2015 – John Gosden
2016 – Aiden O’Brien
National Hunt Racing
Also known as jumps racing, National Hunt racing requires horses to run over longer distances while also negotiating hurdles or the more demanding larger fences in a chase. You’ll find races from around two miles to four miles, so studying how far a horse has ran before is well worth checking before placing your money on it.
The National Hunt season gets underway in Autumn and continues through the winter months before culminating in the showpiece event, The Cheltenham Festival in March. The following month Aintree stages the Grand National before the Punchestown Festival in Ireland marks the end of the season.
Tony McCoy is of course the most famous jump jockey and was named British Champion Jockey for 18 straight seasons before retiring in 2015.
Other leading players such as Ruby Walsh, who never fails to earn people a few quid at Cheltenham, while Barry Geraghty and up and coming riders like Sam Twiston-Davies are also favourites with punters.
Top National Hunt Trainers
Fred Winter and Martin Pipe were leading trainers in jumps racing back in their day, but the last 10 years have largely been dominated by Paul Nicholls. The Ditcheat based handler finally landed the big one in 2012 when Neptune Collonges won the Grand National by a nose and he has trained many a winner at the Cheltenham Festival.
Other notable trainers include; Willie Mullins, Jonjo O’Neill, Nicky Henderson, David Pipe, Donald McCain and venetia Williams to name but a few.
As you can see from the list below, Nicholls’ runners have earned the most prize money in eight of the past ten seasons to land him the trainers title.
2004–05 – Martin Pipe
2005–06 – Paul Nicholls
2006–07 – Paul Nicholls
2007–08 – Paul Nicholls
2008–09 – Paul Nicholls
2009–10 – Paul Nicholls
2010–11 – Paul Nicholls
2011–12 – Paul Nicholls
2012–13 – Nicky Henderson
2013-14 – Paul Nicholls
2014-15 – Paul Nicholls
2015-16 – Paul Nicholls