The horses, the nags, the gee gees. Whatever you call it, horse racing has long been a punters favourite and you’ll never be short of tools to help your chances of turning a profit at Freebets.com
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 regular racing and Cheltenham free bet offers and money back specials on our site which can be used on both flat and jumps codes of the sport.
Horse Racing on the level is the most common form of the sport seen around the world with each country having slight variations of flat racing. Track surfaces vary with turf most common worldwide, while dirt is more common in North America and newly designed synthetic surfaces such as Polytrack or Tapeta enable All-Weather flat racing in the winter months.
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 the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, Japan Cup, Kentucky Derby, Melbourne Cup and Dubai World Cup attract large audiences world-wide 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
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 cite a good opportunity for their runners can help your betting returns, particularly in the big races where vast sums of money are awarded to the winning connections.
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 Gosden2013 – Richard Hannon Senior
2014 – Richard Hannon Junior
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. These races are run from distances of a round 2 miles to test speed up to marathon trips in excess of 4 miles to test a horse’s staying power.
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 has been named British Champion Jockey for the past 18 years and is therefore a good ally to have when backing a horse along with other leading players such as Ruby Walsh, Barry Geraghty and up and coming riders like Sam Twiston-Davies.
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