Racing is thriving in Australia and there’s no better time to get involved.
A significant stakes increase to a minimum of $100,000 at metropolitan Sydney meetings has resulted in record betting figures this season. It has attracted not only the best local thoroughbred talent, but overseas horses have been targeted for the big money.
In a changing landscape, Australian racing has transformed into Australia’s fourth biggest economy and the punters are getting the best of it. With better racing and bigger fields come better odds, and the bookmakers know how important it is to keep the punter happy.
There is no better time to sign up and get involved with Australian racing. It’s on the global scale and with many races being contested by both local and European horses, there are some familiar names involved.
When Can I Bet On Australian Racing?
Australian racing runs 364 days a year, with the only day of rest coming on Christmas Day.
Due to the large size of the country, there are roughly 7-8 meetings per day throughout the week with three meetings coming at metropolitan level.
The premier meetings are held on Saturday’s and there are usually 20-25 race meetings to choose from. New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland are the three major states which will all host one major meeting every Saturday which gives punters plenty of choice.
Wednesday meetings are also popular as many up-and-coming horses line up in metropolitan-graded races. The fields are often slightly smaller on Wednesday’s which makes for even betting fields and great odds. Follow us on Twitter where we post daily tips and information for our Australian racing lovers.
What Horse Racing Tips Do We Offer?
We offer Australian horse racing tips every day of the week with analysis, race information and odds.
Our tips consist of a NAP (Day’s Best), Next Best , Win Accumulator and Win Doubles. These vary each day, but punters always get our full confidence in every tip.
We also feature the major races in our preview and blog sections. These will include the best races of the week and cover extensive coverage on the major horse racing carnivals in Australia.
Additional articles will also be available which gives punters vital information for the upcoming races. Races such as the Melbourne Cup require plenty of in-depth analysis, but we have it all covered.
Australia’s Biggest Race Meetings To Bet On?
There is no bigger race on the Australian calendar than the Melbourne Cup. The 3200m staying race features the best long-distance runners from around the world and it’s known as “the race that stops a nation”.
Held at Flemington on the first Tuesday in November, the Melbourne Cup has become a truly international race with horses travelling from the UK, Japan, Europe and across the ditch in New Zealand.
It’s held during the Melbourne Spring Carnival which runs from October through to mid-November. Other major races featured during the carnival include the Group 1 Cox Plate, Caulfield Cup, Emirates Stakes and the Darley Sprint – just to name a few.
The other major carnival is The Championships in Sydney. The relatively new concept encompasses races such as the Doncaster Handicap and the Queen Elizabeth Stakes over two consecutive Saturday’s in April.
Betting is becoming increasingly popular for The Championships at Randwick and futures markets are available throughout the year.
The Queensland Winter Carnival hosts a range of Group 1 races for the horses which enjoy the sting out of the track. The Stradbroke Handicap, Doomben 10,000 and the BTC Cup are the main races on the card.
The BTC Cup has been won by some of Australia’s best sprinters which includes Apache Cat and champion unbeaten mare Black Caviar.
The Magic Millions Carnival in January and the Perth Racing Carnival in November/December are two other important times in Australian racing and we will have coverage for all the major races on the card.
Australia’s Best Race Tracks
Flemington is considered the best racing surface in Australia and it hosts all four Melbourne Cup Carnival race meets in November.
Flemington boasts the longest straight in Australian racing and it’s the only track that caters for straight racing. It rarely disappoints punters throughout the year and punters feel safe knowing the track condition will be at its very best, despite the changing weather patterns in Melbourne.
The other top tracks in Melbourne are Caulfield and Moonee Valley. Caulfield is a heavily-used track that hosts the Caulfield Cup and the Blue Diamond Series.
Moonee Valley is multi-purpose track which is used for both day and night racing. It’s the premier night racing circuit in Australia with night meetings being held on Friday’s.
The Cox Plate is run on the second day of a two-day carnival and the race has quickly become an international must-see affair.
Sydney’s best race tracks include Randwick, Rosehill and Canterbury. Randwick hosts the majority of the major racing which includes The Championships and Rosehill is the venue for the Group 1 Golden Slipper and the Group 1 Golden Rose.
Canterbury is used as the top midweek venue because of its ability to handle a heavy workload. It provides a fair racing surface and punters love betting at Canterbury.
The Big Names In Australian Racing
Australian racing is largely dominated by a group of trainers which have massive operations.
Godolphin has a significant impact on Australian racing and the royal blue colours can be seen at any metropolitan meeting. John O’Shea is the Australian trainer for Godolphin which continues to unearth potential top liners and stud prospects.
There is no bigger name in the training ranks than Chris Waller. The former New Zealander came to Australia with only five horses and he now has an empire of champions.
Two-time Cox Plate champion Winx is his prized possession and he is so dominant in Sydney that most fields contain at least two Waller-trained runners.
Gai Waterhouse is the first lady of Australian racing and although she has started to scale down, her presence remains in tact.
Waterhouse is a true character in Australia and she’s never lacking in confidence. Punters love her optimism and also her racing tactics. She likes all of her horses to set the pace, to avoid bad luck, which always makes for interesting racing.
Darren Weir is the premier trainer in Melbourne and he’s setting records every season. The former country trainer is riding the crest of a wave and his horses are usually short in the market.
The jockeys are also popular in racing with the likes of Hugh Bowman, James McDonald and Damien Oliver setting the standard.
Jockeys can make the difference between a winning and a losing bet, so knowing which jockeys are at the top of their game can be vital. We make sure that our tips have capable jockeys in the saddle which know how to read the race.
Follow our expert Australian tips which are posted daily before 9pm.