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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 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.

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Top Racecourses

Kempton Park Racecourse

Kempton Park is geographically the closest racecourse to London, being just 16 miles from the capital’s focal point. It therefore enjoys a massive catchment area which swell its attendances for major meetings such as the Boxing Day showpiece race, ‘The King George’.

The King George is the second most prestigious race on the National Hunt racing calendar meaning most, if not all, of the great steeplechasers have raced here. That number includes Desert Orchid and five-time King George winner Kauto Star.  Both of these great horses have a statue in the parade ring of this fabled racecourse.

But Kempton is not exclusive to National Hunt racing, it also features an ‘all-weather’ Polytrack surface for flat racing meaning it stages meetings throughout the year. In fact, courtesy of floodlights, Kempton Park is one of the few British racecourses equipped to stage night-time meetings in the winter.

Both the flat and jumps courses are very even with no undulation and racing on both is done in a clockwise fashion which is something of a rarity.  In fact, Kempton is the only all-weather track to race right-handed.

When trying to find a winner at Kempton consider that front runners do well on the flat and a low-draw is extremely valuable.  Trainer John Gosden, who has had a lot of runners at Kempton in recent years, is one of only a few to show a profit to level stakes on his runners here.

Over the jumps Nicky Henderson has more winners than anyone else and has an enviable strike-rate too.  But Colin Tizzard is way out in front on profits shown to level stakes during the past three seasons.  

Hexham Racecourse

Hexham racecourse is one of the most northerly racecourses in the UK and, at 800ft above sea level and relatively exposed, it is one of the coldest!  That said it does offer some superb views of the Northumberland Moors.

The racecourse stages meetings between March and December (around 15 meetings a year) and only hosts National Hunt (jumps) racing.

The course itself is left-handed and undulating.  The finish may be downhill but there is a still uphill climb at the end of the back-straight which continues around the final two bends. Races are often won and lost at the point horses meet this rise and rarely are horses caught after jumping the final flight ahead.

It has to be said the quality of racing here is rarely of the highest calibre although some nice young novice hurdlers often make their debut at the course for Donald McCain and John Jefferson has an excellent strike rate in National Hunt Flat races.

Lucinda Russell, who prepared ‘One For Arthur’ for his 2017 Grand National victory is the leading trainer at Hexham numerically and she also boasts a winning margin on level-stakes bets on all of her runners at the course.

Hexham’s oldest race is the ‘Heart of all England Maiden Hunters’ Chase’, a three mile one furlong contest that was first staged in 1907.

Goodwood Racecourse

Few racecourses come as highly recommended as Goodwood.  A beautiful location in the Sussex Downs, superb facilities and top-drawer racing.

If there is one complaint, possibly the dress codes could be relaxed meaning the wearing of a pair of jeans will not see you banished from any area offering a glimpse of the parade ring, winning line or final furlong come to that.

The Glorious Goodwood meeting, staged during the first week of August, is comparable to Royal Ascot. It’s key races are the Sussex Stakes, the Goodwood Cup, the Nassau Stakes and the popular sprint handicap, the Stewards Cup.

However the remainder of the Goodwood calendar, which encompasses another 14 or so race meetings between May and October is a little more civilised and the quality of racing a little less exclusive. That said, the three day meeting in late August does feature the Celebration Mile.

A flat-only track with a long five-furlong straight, horses invariably race on the far side of the course and there are possibly more photo-finishes here than at any other British racecourse.

Races up to six-furlongs take place on a straight line, beyond that there is a looped circuit in the countryside away from the grandstand. It means races up to 1-mile 6-furlongs involve three sharp right-handed bends and it undulates.

Scottish trainer Mark Johnston loves a winner at Goodwood and regularly makes the long journey south to get one. Look out for his runners at the ‘Glorious’ meeting.

Jockey Andrea Atzeni often has a big-priced winner here as underlined by a healthy level stakes profit during the past few seasons.

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

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