U.K. Racing Season – The Best is Yet to Come
While contemplating finding online race books that offer free betting and using the information available to make the best bet, you might want to note the U.K. horse racing season is far from over with many of the nation’s most important races still on the schedule. If you are looking to make your free bets, here are four of the big races you might want to target.
The Yorkshire Oaks – This is a Group 1 event run at York Racecourse in York, England in mid-late August. The race is run at 2,400 metres (1 1/2 miles) on turf for 3-year-olds and up fillies and mares for a purse of approximately £330,000. This race serves as a late season target for the best lady stayers on the continent. The race has been run since 1849, making it one of the longest standing races for fillies and mares in the U.K. Former winners include Only Royale (1993 & 1994), Islington (2002 & 2003), Dar Re Mi for Lord Lloyd-Webber (2009), The Fugue also for Lord Lloyd-Webber (2013) and last year’s winner Tapestry.
The Haydock Sprint Cup – This is a Group 1 event run at Haydock Park in Haydock, England in early September. The race is run at 1,200 metres (6 furlongs) on turf for 3-year-olds and up for a purse of approximately £260,000. After several key changes since the race’s inception in 1966, the race finally settled at Haydock in 1986 and gained Group 1 status two years later. This race has played a key role in determining the U.K. and Cartier’s champion sprinter over the past 30 years. Former winners include Danehill (1989), Sheikh Albadou (1992, finished 2nd in the Breeders Cup Sprint), Wolfhound (1993), Gordon Lord Byron (2013) and last year’s winner G Force.
The St Leger Stakes – This is a Group 1 event run at Doncaster Racecourse in Doncaster, England in September. The race is run at 2,900 metres (approximately 1 3/4 mile) on turf for 3-year-olds excluding gelding for a purse of approximately £650,000. Established in 1776, the St. Leger stands as the oldest of Britain’s five Classic races and the last one in the series each year. Over the years, this race has become a key component in determining the best stayer on the continent. Former winners include Sun Chariot (1942 for the prominent HM King George VI stable), Nijinsky (1972 ridden by all-time great jockey Lester Piggott), Mutafaweq (1999), Lucarno (2007) and last year’s winner Kingston Hill.
The Queen Elizabeth II Stakes – This is a Group 1 event run at Ascot Racecourse in Ascot, England as part of British Champions Day in late October. The race is run at 1,600 metres (1 mile) on turf for 3-year-olds and up for a purse of approximately £1,110,000. The race has been run since 1955 when it took its name to honor Queen Elizabeth II. As one of the world’s premiere races for milers, the race has been included as the final race in the British Champion Series where each year it serves to identify the best miler in the U.K. if not the world. Former winners include Rose Bowl (1975 & 1976), Known Fact (1980), Teleprompter (Breeders Cup Mile winner, 1984), Dubai Millennium (Dubai World Cup winner, 1999), George Washington (2006), Raven’s Pass (Breeders Cup Classic winner, 2008), the undefeated Frankel (2011) and last year’s winner Charm Spirit. It is noteworthy that all-time great jockey Willie Carson won this race nine times.
If you are in the market for free betting, there are many online racebooks that offer free bets on these and many other races. You can stay tuned for racing updates through many of the local handicapping guides that might point out some big price winners.
This article was written by John Hawthorne, who is a sports writer with a passion for horse racing. Following both Australian and U.K horse racing John always has a race to look forward too. In his professional life he writes for a site that offers free bookie bets.