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Last updated Monday, May 27

This week’s main horse racing focus is Epsom’s two-day Derby Festival on Friday and Saturday.

Friday is Lady’s Day, with the highlight being the Epsom Oaks and the Coronation Cup, while Saturday sees one of the biggest flat races on the racing calendar - the Epsom Derby.

Catch all the action live on ITV Racing on Friday and Saturday afternoon.


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At Freebets.com, we love horse racing. Our industry experts provide free betting tips for all high-profile events and daily racing selections with regular Nap of the Day selections, ITV Racing Tips, and antepost 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 flat and jump racing.


Best Horse Racing Betting Offers

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.

But while many of us love a cheeky bet on the Epsom Derby or to grab one of the Royal Ascot betting offers, some punters are hard workers, studying the form and top tips to maximise winnings.

At Freebets.com, we strive to bring you the best horse racing offers from some of the finest bookmakers across the UK. Ahead of all the major meets, bookmakers will be offering some fantastic offers with the likes of Grand National betting offers, Cheltenham enhanced odds and Royal Ascot betting promotions, all opportunities you have to grasp.

All year round, though, you’ll get some fantastic horse racing betting offers, especially for new customers. Below, we’ve collated a few of our favourites for you to enjoy.

  • Enhanced OddsAlso known as ‘Price Boosts’, these betting offers give you much bigger odds on certain runners. The very big horse racing betting odds enhancements are usually restricted to new customers only and limited to small stakes (around £1-£5). However, nowadays, many sportsbooks offer regular (but smaller) enhanced odds boosts to their existing customers too, although much bigger stakes are allowed.
  • Antepost – Antepost betting (also known as ‘Futures’ betting) is where you bet on a horse race well in advance (often many months) of the scheduled starting time. The benefit of antepost betting is that you can often get huge prices on your fancies, but the downsides are that it ties up funds for long periods, and if your horse does not take part, you will still lose your stake.
  • ‘Non Runner No Bet’ (NRNB)A fairly recent phenomenon, ‘NRNB’ protects you against one of the big downsides of betting very early, as described above in antepost betting. The ‘Non-Runner No Bet’ concession provides a safety net so that if your horse does not run in the specified race, then your stake will be refunded in full and in cash rather than free bet tokens. For the Cheltenham Festival in March, these NRNB markets usually start appearing in early January.
  • Best Odds Guaranteed (BOG) – This is an excellent horse racing betting bonus offered by many of the big names, such as Coral, William Hill, and bet365. Put simply, it means that if the SP (Starting Price) of your horse ends up being bigger than the price you took, then you will be paid out at the bigger odds. This promotion is usually automatically applied, but look out for a ‘BOG’ icon or graphic near the top of the racecard to make sure you’re covered.
  • Fallers Insurance – A fantastic promotion occasionally offered by a few bookmakers such as Paddy Power and BetStars, the ‘Fallers Insurance’ concession will refund your stake on specific race(s) if your horse falls, unseats the jockey or is brought down to a limited amount (usually around £20/£25) as a free bet token. Be aware that it sometimes only pays out if they fall at the first or last fences, but sometimes it is at any fence! Check the relevant Sportsbooks promotions page for the full offer terms & conditions.

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Key Races of the UK Flat Season

RaceVenueDate
2000 GuineasNewmarket RacecourseSaturday, May 4
1000 GuineasNewmarket RacecourseSunday, May 5
Lockinge StakesNewbury RacecourseSaturday, May 18
Coronation CupEpsom RacecourseFriday, May 31
Epsom OaksEpsom RacecourseFriday, May 31
Epsom DerbyEpsom RacecourseSaturday, June 1
Queen Anne StakesAscot RacecourseTuesday, June 18
King Charles III StakesAscot RacecourseTuesday, June 18
St James’s Palace StakesAscot RacecourseTuesday, June 18
Prince of Wales’s StakesAscot RacecourseWednesday, June 19
Gold CupAscot RacecourseThursday, June 20
Commonwealth CupAscot RacecourseFriday, June 21
Coronation StakesAscot RacecourseFriday, June 21
Queen Elizabeth II StakesAscot RacecourseSaturday, June 22
Eclipse StakesSandown RacecourseSaturday, July 6
Falmouth StakesNewmarket RacecourseFriday, July 12
July CupNewmarket RacecourseSaturday, July 13
King George VI & Queen Elizabeth StakesAscot RacecourseSaturday, July 27
Goodwood CupGoodwood RacecourseTuesday, July 30
Sussex StakesGoodwood RacecourseWednesday, July 31
Nassau StakesGoodwood RacecourseThursday, August 1
International StakesYork RacecourseWednesday, August 21
Yorkshire OaksYork RacecourseThursday, August 22
Nunthorpe StakesYork RacecourseFriday, August 23
Sprint CupHaydock RacecourseSaturday, September 7
St Leger StakesDoncaster RacecourseSaturday, September 14
Cheveley Park StakesNewmarket RacecourseSaturday, September 28
Middle Park StakesNewmarket RacecourseSaturday, September 28
Sun Chariot StakesNewmarket RacecourseSaturday, October 5
Fillies’ MileNewmarket RacecourseFriday, October 11
Dewhurst StakesNewmarket RacecourseSaturday, October 12
British Champions Sprint StakesAscot RacecourseSaturday, October 19
British Champions Fillies’ & Mares’ StakesAscot RacecourseSaturday, October 19
Queen Elizabeth II StakesAscot RacecourseSaturday, October 19
Champion StakesAscot RacecourseSaturday, October 19
Futurity TrophyDoncaster RacecourseSaturday, October 26

International Horse Racing

Horse racing is not just popular in the UK and Ireland - it’s a worldwide sport that takes place in many countries.

French racing regularly hosts the highest calibre races at courses such as Longchamp, Auteuil, Chantilly, Deauville, and Saint-Cloud. French racing can be viewed in Britain on Sky Sports Racing and on the websites of many bookies.

Florida-based tracks like Gulfstream Park, Tampa Bay Downs, and Will Rogers Downs have carried American racing. There are many quality courses throughout America, though, with some of the best racing taking place at Santa Anita, Churchill Downs, Belmont Park, Saratoga, Meadowlands, Del Mar, and Keeneland. And, of course, the highlight of American horse racing is the annual Breeders Cup.

In the Far East, the unique setting of Happy Valley Racecourse has delighted many racing fans in recent weeks, whilst there are four crown jewels in Japanese racing – Tokyo, Nakayama, Kyoto, and Hanshin.

Horse racing in the Middle East is very big business these days, with some of the richest races in the world. The courses at Meydan, Abu Dhabi, and Jebel Ali are among the best in the region, with the biggest races regularly live-streamed.

Australian horse racing is also incredibly popular and includes valuable races, like The Everest, the Cox Plate, and Melbourne Cup. The pick of Australian racecourses includes Royal Randwick, Flemington, Caulfield, Rosehill, and Moonee Valley.

So keep an eye on our betting tips page for horse racing tips for the big races around the globe.


Horse Racing Live Streaming

There is nothing quite like cheering home a winning bet, whether in person at the racecourse or from the comfort of your home.

  • Watch live horse racing on mobile and tablet at bet365 - all you need is a funded account or to have placed a bet in the last 24 hours to qualify, but geo-restrictions apply.
  • Watch all UK & Ireland races at Betfair - you only need to place a minimum bet of £2 on the particular race.

The live streaming options provided by the best online bookmakers is impressive and allow you to experience the thrill of horse racing from home or, increasingly, wherever you are via their mobile apps.

For all the latest information about where and how to watch these live streams, visit our Horse Racing Live Streaming page.


Horse Racing Totepool Betting

Totepool betting is an alternative way to bet on horses and is very similar to parimutuel betting in France. It differs from traditional ‘fixed odds’ betting in that you do not get a set price on your horses when you strike your bets.

In years gone by, it was how people used to bet at the racecourse where all the money wagered is collected into a big ‘pool’ and then (after a ‘house-take’ deduction) distributed back out to all the winning tickets as a dividend. So, the final odds you end up with, depend upon the number of winners.

The final Tote odds are usually fairly similar to bookmakers starting prices (SPs), but they can often be much bigger, especially on the outsiders. These days you do not have to be on the racecourse to bet directly into the Tote pools (as was the case) since most major online bookmakers allow you to place bets on the Tote. There are also several special Tote bets which offer potentially big payouts. They are the Tote Jackpot, Tote Placepot, Tote Quadpot, Exacta, Trifecta, Scoop6 and Tote Swinger.


Horse Racing Tips

Around the world, horse racing is one of the most gambled on and most exciting sports. In the USA, you have 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.

This means there’s plenty for you to bet on too. The track type is one thing to keep an eye on, whether you’re betting on British races or worldwide. There are numerous types of tracks, 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 studying your horse and the track before placing a bet is well worth studying.

Flat races are run over numerous distances, from 5-furlong sprints to test speed to 2 miles 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.

Horse racing betting tips feature heavily in our free tips section, where you will find all the latest big race tips for flat horse racing and National Hunt / jumps racing.

As well as expert betting tips for the weekend feature races, many of which come with free horse racing live streaming feeds, FreeBets.com also regularly publish early Cheltenham Festival betting tips and tips for other big events such as Royal Ascot, the Epsom Derby, the Melbourne Cup and many more.


How To Bet On Horse Races

There are generally a few type of players when it comes to betting on horse racing. There are those that dip in every year for the Grand National free bets, back the horse with the best name. Then some have a casual punt, know to at least study the odds, horses and jockeys, and then there are those who know the sport inside out.

For those who are unfamiliar with horse racing, there are numerous types of bets you can make.

Win Bet

A win bet is a straightforward bet that is backing a horse to win a race - it’s really that simple.

Each-Way Bet

A little more complex is an each-way bet. You’ll likely have heard of one of these but may not completely understand it. An each-way bet is, in practice, two bets, one going on the horse to win and the other on it to place. The odds of the place part bet are usually a quarter of the main odds.

This means if you place a £5 each-way bet on a horse at 10/1, you’ll be wagering £10, and if it wins, you’ll receive winnings on both bets. You’d receive £50 in winnings plus your £5 stake for the win part, and you would win £12.50 from the place part, plus your £5 stake. Giving you a total return of £72.50.

If your horse only placed, your win part of the each-way bet would be beaten but you would get £12.50 plus your £5 stake for the place part of the bet, giving you a total return of £17.50.

The best way to check the returns on your each-way bets is on our each-way bet calculator.

Single Bet

This is the simplest form of horse racing betting and is essentially you backing one horse in one race. For example, you might want to back Fairy Lights at the 12.30 at Newmarket, this could either be a win bet or an each way bet.

Multiple Bets

This is almost like a football accumulator in which you’d back multiple horses in one wager. You’d get a combined odds and if one horse was to let you down, you’d lose your whole wager.

Straight Forecast

Horse racing straight forecast odds are bets where you have to predict the top two horses in a race in the correct order.

Reverse Forecast

This is the forecast version of an each-way bet and requires two wagers but allows the horses to finish in any order.

Tricast

This can be a lucrative bet and requires you to predict the top three finishers correctlySome dip.


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 Piggott and Willie Carson and, more recently, the likes of Frankie Dettori, Kieren Fallon, and Richard Hughes.

Below is a list of the last ten British flat racing Champion Jockey, based on most wins per season.

YearChampion Flat JockeyNumber of Winners
2023William Buick135
2022William Buick157
2021Oisin Murphy153
2020Oisin Murphy142
2019Oisin Murphy168
2018Silvestre de Sousa148
2017Silvestre de Sousa155
2016Jim Crowley148
2015Silvestre de Sousa132
2014Richard Hughes165

Top Flat Trainers

Some trainers just seem to have a knack for 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 ten are listed below.

YearChampion Flat Trainer
2023John & Thady Gosden
2022Charlie Appleby
2021Charlie Appleby
2020John Gosden
2019John Gosden
2018John Gosden
2017Aidan O’Brien
2016Aidan O’Brien
2015John Gosden
2014Richard Hannon

National Hunt Racing

Also known as jumps racing, National Hunt racing requires horses to run over longer distances while 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 run before is well worth checking before placing your money on it.

The National Hunt season begins in the Autumn and continues through the winter months before culminating in the showpiece event in March - the Cheltenham Festival. The following month, Aintree stages the Grand National before the Punchestown Festival in Ireland marks the end of the season.

Tony McCoy is the most famous jump jockey and was named British Champion Jockey for 18 straight seasons before retiring in 2015.

Other leading players like 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.

The top National Hunt Jockeys across the last decade can be found below.

YearChampion Jump JockeyNumber of Winners
2022-23Brian Hughes165
2021-22Brian Hughes204
2020-21Harry Skelton152
2019-20Brian Hughes141
2018-19Richard Johnson200
2017-18Richard Johnson176
2016-17Richard Johnson180
2015-16Richard Johnson235
2014-15Tony McCoy231
2013-14Tony McCoy218

Top National Hunt Trainers

Fred Winter and Martin Pipe were leading trainers in jumps racing in their day, but Paul Nicholls has largely dominated the last 10 years. The Ditcheat-based handler finally landed the big one in 2012 when Neptune Collonges won the Grand National by a nose. He has trained many winners at the Cheltenham Festival, including Gold Cup winners Kauto Star and Denman.

Other notable trainers include Willie Mullins, Jonjo O’Neill, Nicky Henderson, Gordon Elliott, 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 seven of the past ten seasons to land him the Champion Trainer title.

YearChampion Jump Trainer
2022-23Paul Nicholls
2021-22Paul Nicholls
2020-21Paul Nicholls
2019-20Nicky Henderson
2018-19Paul Nicholls
2017-18Nicky Henderson
2016-17Nicky Henderson
2015-16Paul Nicholls
2014-15Paul Nicholls
2013-14Paul Nicholls