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Top horse racing apps for 2017

With somewhat around 60 horse racing venues around entire United Kingdom, and the history dating back to ancient Rome and Egypt, the sport is a truly proud gem in the Crown. It is surely the most traditional kind of sporting activity to be betting on. This makes it a popular market for online gaming as well, which include the great emphasis on mobile device services.

There surely is no shortage of useful horse racing betting apps out there. Just like with poker and other forms of gaming, betting is well covered around the web worldwide. There are plenty of the best online poker sites for real money to choose from, and the world of betting is no different. Most of the big platforms also have their mobile representation, with lots of useful features available in order to make the betting experience better. This makes betting on horse racing one of the favourite pastimes around UK.

Here are a few that usually rate high in comparison rankings for 2017. The following are often recommended on professional sites, in terms of best information provided, favourable odds and promotions for new and existing players.

Horse racing apps 2017

The first example that usually makes the top cut in fans’ opinions is Paddy Power, for a long time associated with horse racing industry. It seems to be thriving on well-working partnership with the 4 Racing app. Once having your eyes on a worthy bet, you can easily flip between the two, especially considering that they are pretty intuitional to navigate, with one-touch selection process. The Irish site offers a nice live streaming service, as well as some occasional promotions. Currently, it is 20-pound worth free bet upon successful registration. The same bonus awaits new clients of another traditional betting provider. British own William Hill is a renowned high street bookmaker where horse races are one of the dedicated sports, alongside tennis and football. With simple navigation, the interface is user-friendly. In addition to variety of markets available and live streaming service, you can also find streaming radio feature.

William Hill is an equal rival to the red-bannered Ladbrokes – one of the United Kingdom’s most trusted and long running bookmakers. Their app lives up to the proud history, with horse racing playing a crucial part in their sportsbook offer. They do not fail to provide all that what competition has, while getting ahead in some other aspects. Different kinds of real time bets are easier with smart accumulator system, the racing offer expands to markets across UK and Ireland, but also United States, South Africa or even Dubai. Plus, the generous sign up promotion consisted of free matched bet of up to £50 for the new players, gives this extra incentive to join Ladbrokes.

The other worth mentioning apps are those provided by Betvictor and Skybet. The first one attracts with good-looking app layout, great range of races from around the world and nice starting promotions for sports and casino. Skybet is a promising newcomer, rapidly gaining pace in the betting industry. Variety of market options and big number of races displayed daily, interesting Best Price Guarantee feature, enhanced accumulator bets not to be seen anywhere else, are the things that make this one stand out.

Most Expensive Horses of all Time

With your best Grand National bet we bet you wouldn’t be able to believe some of the prices on this list!

Before we go through the list of the most expensive horses of all time it’s probably right that we start by talking about where most of the horses on this list came from; Northern Dancer.

Born in 1961, Northern Dancer was a Canadian-bred Thoroughbred racehorse that won the Kentucky Derby in 1964 and the 1964 Preakness stakes. Inducted into the Canadian hall of fame in 1965 it had a great racing career but it’s been in its siring where Northern Dancer has become better known.

Northern Dancer was retired for stud in 1965 at an initial fee of $10,000 at Windshields Farm in Oshawa, Ontario. The first crop reached racing age in 1968 and “came out running”. Winners aplenty, Northern Dancer was then moved to Maryland to continue his stud. The leading sire in North America in 1971 and 1977 and the leading sire in the UK in 1970, 1978, 1983 and 1984.

By the time his success was quantified his prices had gone up, reaching their peak when auctioned privately for well over $1 million. He was so prolific as a sire that a small percentage of inbreeding in today’s thoroughbreds is attributed to him. $40 million was offered to prize him away from his owners when he was 20 years old which showed how highly he was thought of.

With the majority of horses on the list of the most expensive of all time coming from Northern Dancer it goes to show how great that diminutive thoroughbred really was thought of. Unfortunately most of the horses that sold for massive money didn’t fare too well:

  1. $9,200,000 ($9.2 million) – Plavius

Plavius was purchased by Godolphin Racing in 2006 and owned by the Vice President of the United Arab Emirates. To say it never lived up to expectations would be an understatement with a racing record of 18 starts, 2 wins, 3 places and 2 shows earning a measly career grand total of $41,572. In its last outing it finished a disappointing 13th.

  1. $9,700,000 ($9.7 million) – Jalil

Not quite as disappointing as Plavius, Jalil was born in Kentucky in 2004 and sold as to Godolphin Racing in the same year as Plavius, 2006. He made his debut as a two year old finishing in sixth place. He did go on to win the Maktoum Challenge Stakes in 2008 and ended his career with winnings totalling $327,324.

  1. $10,200,000 ($10.2 million) – Snaafi Dancer

Perhaps the biggest failure of them all was the yearling Snaafi Dancer when purchased at auction by Sheikh Mohammed’s Aston Upthorpe Stud for a staggering 1983 record of $10.2 million. Upon timing the horse in training it was discovered that not only were his times bad, they were so bad that it was considered to be embarrassing for it to ever be raced so it was retired to stud.

It was then discovered that on the top of being a really slow horse, Snaafi Dancer had fertility problems and only sired 4 horses. None of the sired horses were any good and when it was last checked SD was living in a field in Florida.

  1. $11,700,000 ($17.7 million) – Meydan City

Another flop on the long list of expensive flops is Meydan City. It was purchased in 2006 for a massive $11.7 million and has won just 2 races of the 10 is has entered, registering a paltry winning pot of just $24,104.

  1. $13,100,000 ($13.1 million) – Seattle Dancer

Seattle Dancer fared slightly better than the previous horses on this list but still didn’t come anywhere close to justifying its humungous price tag. Bought in 1985 by Stavros Niarchos and his associates the horse was intended to be raced as soon as possible. Unfortunately a virus kept SD out of action for much of the 2 year old season. When it did race it was a bit of a disappointment only recouping £111,303. At stud it sired 37 stakes winners so not terrible but not a justification by any means.

  1. $15,000,000 ($15 million) – Palloubet d’Halong

The first horse on the list that wasn’t involved in racing, Palloubet d’Halong was a glorious show jumper. So glorious in fact it was purchased for the sum of $15 million by Dutch Olympic Gold Medalist Jan Tops to go show jumping in Qatar for the remainder of its career.

  1. $16,000,000 ($16 million) – The Green Monkey

The Green Monkey is the horse who holds the current record for the most expensive thoroughbred colt ever sold at auction. Another bust, in racing it put in some abysmal performances, making just $10,000, before being shipped out to live on a farm somewhere in Florida.

  1. $21,000,000 ($21 million) – Totilas

Totilas was a horse well trained in the equine art of dressage, breaking world records and beating pretty much every highest score there was to beat. This was until it was sold for $21million to a German buyer. Since the sale Totilas has been injured and struggled in competition.

  1. $40,000,000 ($40 million) – Shareef Dancer

A huge jump up in finances to the #2, costing a staggering $40million, Shareef Dancer was the horse that the Emir of Dubai pinned his hopes on and for once on this long list of losers the horse only slightly disappointed. Its racing record was a modest 3 wins from 5 starts but this horse wasn’t really purchased for racing, it was the breeding that was wanted. He sired horses that produced winnings in the millions, not quite up to his price tag though.

  1. $70,000,000 ($70 million) – Fusaichi Pegasus

The most expensive horse of all time was Fusaichi Pegasus when it was purchased in 2000 by Coolmore Stud. A winner of the Kentucky Derby much was expected of FP as a breeding horse. His stud career was terrible though, fetching a stud fee at last advertising of $7,000 proves there was no confidence there whatsoever. This made it the most expensive and least worth the price horse ever sold in history.

A Racegoer’s Guide to Cheltenham

The Cheltenham Festival is the highlight of the National Hunt calendar, with no less than 28 high quality races over four sensational days. The festival has a number of Grade 1 races, including the Champion Hurdle, the World Hurdle, the Queen Mother Champion Chase and of course, the most prestigious of them all, the Cheltenham Gold Cup.

Ruby Walsh certainly enjoys coming to The Cheltenham Festival, winning the Top Jockey prize in ten of the last 13 years, and trainer Willie Mullins will also have a soft spot for the Festival, having been top trainer in five of the last six years. But if you’re coming to Cheltenham, what should you look out for to make it a winning visit for you? Here are the runners and riders for your Cheltenham Festival day.

Getting there and getting in

Entrance to the Cheltenham Festival costs from £40 on the first three days, and £100 on Gold Cup Day, although Gold Cup Day is selling out fast so you might not get in even at that price.

There are vast swathes of parking at Cheltenham available at £8 in advance or £15 on the day, but bear in mind there are a quarter of a million people attending over the four days, so you may be better off coming by train and grabbing a shuttle bus from Cheltenham town centre. Busses run regularly, with 80,000 trips taken over the four days last year.

Dining and hospitality

There are plenty of catering outlets around the course to keep you fed and watered throughout the Festival, but if you want to really treat yourself, book a hospitality package at one of the main restaurants. The Final Fence, Champions Walk, the great value Gold Cup and Chez Roux all offer superb packages, with the unrivalled views of the Panoramic Restaurant hard to beat.

With St Patrick’s Day falling on the Thursday of the Festival, there will be a few pints of Guinness drunk to say the least. Head for the Guinness Village to hear traditional Irish bands and enjoy the authentic Paddy’s Day craic. The Final Flight Bar is also a popular race day venue, with live music, cocktails and post race partying until 7.30pm.

Live Music

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Cheltenham is famous for providing live bands to keep you entertained between the big races, and this year is no different. From headline act Hothouse Flowers, to jazz, folk and your favourite covers, there is something for every mood and musical taste.

This year’s line up includes Thrill Collins, Taylor & The Masons, The Lucky 15’s, Cheltenham favourites The Chip Shop Boys, Tommy and The Fuse,
The Wickermen, The Hipcats and Murphy’s Marbles.

Other attractions

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Racing enthusiasts can relive the glory of Festivals past with a number of attractions around Cheltenham Racecourse. Pose for a picture with legends like Best Mate and Arkle, cast in bronze and immortalised forever. Check out the silverware that is up for grabs in the Trophy Room, including the Gold Cup itself. Or take a look back in time and explore the history of the Cheltenham Festival in the Hall of Fame, including an incredible hologram of Desert Orchid.

Cheltenham also boasts free WiFi for all racegoers, so you can have a flutter on the big race without giving missing any of the action or up your prime place on the rail of the final furlong.

Whichever day you choose, Cheltenham will always deliver a day to remember, packed with world beating racing and top class hospitality. Good luck!

How To Play RaceBets Jackpot Freeroll Game

Welcome to our complete how to guide on playing the RaceBets Jackpot Freeroll game. New and existing customers are eligible to take part in this jackpot game and best of all it’s free to play. The prize money on offer is an astonishing £5,000, and that’s available on a daily basis.

The only downside to the game is that you can only play it through via desktop. So if you use the RaceBets mobile app (mobile optimised website), you’ll need to switch the view to desktop.

How to play Jackpot Freeroll

To take part in this daily jackpot game you must be an existing member at RaceBets. If you don’t have an account as yet don’t worry, you can register at

How To Register & Play RaceBets Jackpot Freeroll

Once you have registered your account you can login, deposit and place bets through the mobile optimised website (especially for smartphones) or via their desktop version. The images above takes you through the mobile registration page and the steps you need to take to complete the signup process.

What Is RaceBets Jackpot Freeroll?

The Jackpot Freeroll game is a free horse racing bet, which is available to anyone who has an active RaceBets account. Each day you play you might see slight differences in the way they select the races. Some day’s you might find that the featured races are all from the same race meeting, other days there might be a mixture of races spread between other race meetings taking place in the UK and Ireland.

How To Qualify To Play Jackpot Freeroll

In order to qualify to play Jackpot Freeroll, you must be an existing account holder, who has deposited and placed a bet via the RaceBets website or mobile app to the amount of £10. The other requirement, is that your account has to be eligible to receive bonuses.

To Win You Need To!

To be victorious and take home the daily jackpot of £5,000, you must pick the winners of each of the featured races for that particular day. You will only get one pick from each race, so make your selections carefully.

£5,000 Daily Jackpot Game

To learn more about the RaceBets daily Jackpot Freeroll click on the image directly above. There you’ll have access to all the T&C’s of the offer etc.

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Understanding Horse Racing Odds

Understanding Horse Racing Odds – Welcome to our guide on how to understand racing odds. Trying to work out odds is often overthought and sometimes made complicated by those placing bets. We are going to try and simplify working out odds for you, so you have a clear understanding on how to work out your winnings.

Understanding Horse Racing Odds – Guide

In the UK horse racing odds are displayed in two ways, the first is fractional & the second you will find displayed as a decimal.

For example:

  • Fractional odds are displayed like this: 10/1
  • Decimal odds are displayed like this: 10.00

Fractional Odds

Take a look at the image below, you will see that where the odds section is, there are odds showing 5/1. You may also notice that there is a section at the bottom that shows how the odds and winnings are broken down.

In this case the odds are at (5/1). So if you have placed a bet on a horse and it wins with odds of 5/1, and your stake (amount you bet) was £5, your winnings would be £30.

The easiest way to explain is, for every £1 you bet, you win £5 + your initial stake £1 which = a £6 win.

Broken Down – £5 bet with odds 5/1. (5 x 5 = £25 + £5 stake = £30)

Understanding Horse Racing Odds - Fractional Odds

Decimal Odds

If you take a look below you’ll see similar image to the one above. However, what you will now notice is that instead of the odds being displayed as fractions, they’re now shown as decimals.

Here you can see that the odds are 5.00. So when you place a £1 bet with the odds as they are shown here, your winnings will be £5. This because they already take you stake into account when you place the bet.

Whereas if you were to put £2 on you would win £10, £3 would give you a return of £15 and so on. So as you can see, working out odds isn’t so hard, it’s just a simple mathematical equation. When you know how to break the odds up you realise just how easy understanding horse racing odds really is.

Horse Racing Odds Guide - Decimal Odds

Horse Racing Odds Calculator

AceOdds Bet CalculatorThere are many tools out there in the form of betting calculator apps that help you quickly workout you winnings based on the odds of your bet. One of the best ones available has to be the bet calculator developed by AceOdds. It’s simple to use and once you input the details of your bet it displays exactly how much you can expect to win.

The screenshots you have seen above were taken from their website. However if you are like most of us and prefer to place bets on the go, they do provide a downloadable app in both the iTunes App Store and the Google Play Store.

The app makes understanding horse racing odds really easy, and we guaranteed that when you download the app, you’ll carry on using it, we do!

Horse Racing Odds Explained

Download here for iOS (Apple) or Download here for Android

Our Conclusion

Hopefully we have made understanding racing odds more clearer for you? We are constantly adding how to guides to horse racing apps to help beginners learn morse about horse racing in general.

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