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A Guide to the Five Classics in British Flat Racing

Every sport has their showpiece events and blue riband occasions, and flat racing is no different. There are five Classics that make up much of the most anticipated races in British racing, with punters looking forward to them each year as they examine the racecards and runners for tomorrow’s races.

These races hold a special place in the heart of each racing fan, jockey, trainer and owner, and to win one – or indeed all – of the Classics is a dream for so many. This year, there has been much uncertainty surrounding the races as a result of the coronavirus outbreak and the nationwide lockdown enforced in the UK to prevent the spread of the disease. But with suggestions that racing will be getting back underway sometime in June, it does appear as though there is light at the end of the tunnel, and we may see the Classics grace our TV screens before too long.

If you’re unfamiliar with the five races that make up the Classics, read on as we give a quick guide to each of them.

2,000 Guineas

The 2,000 Guineas is a race with much history and tradition, having first been run in 1809. It is usually held in late April or early May, although this year both it and the 1,000 Guineas will need to be rescheduled after the coronavirus pandemic put paid to the authorities’ ability to stage the event.

The 2,000 Guineas is run over a distance of one mile, and makes up the first leg of the Triple Crown, which also includes the Epsom Derby and the St. Leger. The leading trainer in the history of the race is Aidan O’Brien, who has won it 10 times, and four times in the last five years. Meanwhile, the leading jockey is Jem Robinson, who tasted victory nine times between 1825 and 1848.

1,000 Guineas

The 1,000 Guineas is closely related to the 2,000 Guineas, and usually takes place on the following Sunday. The length of the race is the same, and it is the run on the same racecourse as the 2,000 Guineas, but the crucial difference is that the 1,000 Guineas is reserved for fillies only.

It is the most recently inaugurated of the five Classics, having first been run in 1814. The leading trainer is Robert Robson with nine wins in the early 1800s, while the most successful jockey is George Fordham, having won seven times in the mid-late 1800s.

Epsom Oaks

The Oaks Stakes, raced at Epsom, is usually held in late May or early June and is another race reserved for three-year-old fillies only. The race is named after an estate located near to Epsom racecourse, and was first run in 1779.
Robert Robson is also the most decorated trainer in the Oaks, with a remarkable 13 wins, while jockey Frank Buckle, who was active when the race was first inaugurated, still holds the record for most wins with nine.

Epsom Derby

The Derby is one of the most famous races on the horse racing calendar, and is part of the earlier mentioned Triple Crown. First run in 1780, the race takes place over one mile and four furlongs, and is one of the most sought after titles in the sport. The Derby usually takes place on the first Saturday of June each year, and is one of the key events on the summer sporting calendar.

Lester Piggott is the leading jockey with nine wins, while there are four trainers tied on seven wins each – the already mentioned Robson and O’Brien, along with John Porter and Fred Darling.

St. Leger Stakes

The fifth Classic is the St. Leger Stakes, which is the oldest of the five races, having first taken place in 1776. It is run at Doncaster Racecourse each September, over a distance of one mile and six furlongs, making it the longest of the five Classics as well.

The most successful jockey is Bill Scott with nine impressive wins in the 1800s, while his brother John Scott is the leading trainer with a remarkable 16 wins to his name.

 

 

 

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Royal Ascot – Will it Take Place in 2020?

Horse racing fans can look forward to the return of racing in the United Kingdom and Ireland in June, and plans for Royal Ascot are now starting to become clear.

Racing in Great Britain has been suspended since March 17th because of the coronavirus pandemic, and the first week of June has been pencilled in for the return of horse racing – a week ahead of the resumption of Irish racing.

One meeting in Great Britain has been provisionally scheduled for June 1, with a further two meetings each day taking place on the subsequent six days. All meetings would take place behind closed doors, but for horse racing fans, it is without doubt a step in the right direction.

Royal Ascot is one of the highlights of the racing calendar. For punters, it means five days of top quality racing, the chance to beat the bookies, and of course free bets!

Each year, many look to claim horse racing free bets to use at Ascot, and with Royal Ascot now odds-on at time of writing to be the first major British sporting event to take place behind closed doors this summer, it looks like racing fans will be able to watch the royal meeting in its scheduled slot.

Lockdown began in mid-March, and it had previously been thought that the start of Royal Ascot would have to be moved back from June 16th following the government’s announcement that no professional sport could take place in Britain before June 1st. However, following talks, it now appears that the five-day spectacle will begin on schedule and run through to June 20th.

The latest Royal Ascot developments come as the British Horseracing Authority looks to confirm dates for a number of major races, including the first four Classics of the season.

The 2,000 Guineas and 1,000 Guineas look set to be run on June 6th and 7th respectively (likely providing another opportunity to claim free bets on top quality racing), ahead of the return of Irish racing on June 8th.

Providing all goes to plan, that will then set the stage nicely for Royal Ascot.

The BHA has already said it plans to make “some changes to the order of races” at Royal Ascot, which will be confirmed in due course, while Ascot’s Director of racing, Nick Smith, recently said the royal meeting will not be an “ideal scenario” as all relevant parties try to work out a revised running order for the fixture.

The 20 Group and Listed races scheduled to take place over the five days will now be open to international runners, while “a suitable number of novice/conditions races for two-year-olds” are expected to take place in the first week of June in order to give horses a chance to run prior to Ascot.

With horse racing taking place behind closed doors for the foreseeable future, Royal Ascot will not be attended by The Queen for the first time in her 68-year reign, nor will we get to witness a Royal procession of any form. However, those looking for horse racing free bets look set to be given a huge boost – as does the racing industry as a whole – with eight of the Flat season’s Group One races set to take place from June 16-20.

 

 

 

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Big Bundesliga Kickoff Heralds Return of Football

After two months without any major football to enjoy, fans of the beautiful game are rejoicing today as Germany’s top flight, the Bundesliga, returns to action. 

Every game will be shown live on BT Sports in the UK and it promises to be a thrilling weekend of action. Here is the fixture list for the weekend: 

SATURDAY 16TH MAY

14:30

Borussia Dortmund vs Schalke 
Augsburg vs Wolfsburg
Fortuna Düsseldorf vs Paderborn
RB Leipzig vs Freiburg
Hoffenheim vs Hertha Berlin

17:30

Eintracht Frankfurt vs Borussia Mönchengladbach

SUNDAY 17TH MAY

FC Köln vs Mainz 05
FC Union Berlin vs Bayern Munich

MONDAY 18TH MAY

Werder Bremen vs Bayer 04 Leverkusen

Perennial Bundesliga winners Bayern Munich are currently four points clear of Borussia Dortmund and five points clear of RB Leipzig, meaning it has the potential to be a very exciting run-in to the title. 

All eyes will also be on the Bundesliga to see if they can carry it off safely in the wake of COVID-19, which if they can will surely herald the return of other leagues around the world, including the Premier League in England. 

If you are looking to have a few punts on this weekend’s action, these are our top recommended football tipsters:-

  1. 1. JK Diego’s Draw Betting System – draw specialist who has made over $100,000 betting on the draw
  2. 2. Trade on Sports – in-play alerts on the over/under markets – currently over £6,000 up for our review
  3. 3. Goal Profits – award winning football trading service
  4. 4. Banker Bets – high strike rate with over 150% profit since 2015
  5. 5. Football Advisor Lays – lay bets with over 80% success rate and over 37 points profit in our trial.

So some great options to choose from there. 

The award-winning Goal Profits has put together a list of when major footy leagues are due to resume, which you can check out here. 

Enjoy the action whether you follow one of the services above or are having your own punts. Either way it’s great to see football back and hopefully we’ll have plenty more to enjoy soon! 

 

 

 

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Upcoming Betting Events for 2020

The coronavirus pandemic continues, which means that virtually all sport world-wide has stopped. It truly is an unprecedented period of time, with endless events now being either cancelled or postponed and rescheduled for a later date.

Two of the major events that we have seen moved are the European championships and the Olympic games. The European championships were set to be held across 12 cities in Europe, so they had no option but to postpone. It has now been rescheduled for the 11th June to the 11th of July next year, and will be a memorable championship, once this difficult period is passed. The Olympic games is another major event, which has been hit by the pandemic. It has now been moved to next year, which is the first time this has happened. The games has only previously been cancelled on three occasions in 1916, 1940 and 1944. On each occasion due to the first and second World wars. This again giving a further example of the difficult situation that the sporting world is experiencing.

But it is not all doom and gloom and there are still a number of key events that are on or have been rescheduled for 2020:

• 17th July – 15th August: Cricket – The Hundred

A new professional franchise 100-ball cricket tournament that is set to be held across England and Wales, that starts on the 17th of July. This is still set to go ahead with the event created to draw in new crowds to cricket, due to the exciting format being incorporated.

• 19th July: Formula 1 – British Grand Prix

Formula 1 are dealing with “an absolute nightmare” of a challenge in order for the championships to be completed in 2020. However, the F1 are pushing ahead for the British Grand Prix to go ahead at Silverstone on 19th of July and are even set to provide them with financial backing. Most of the best betting websites haven’t been put off by half of the calendar succumbing to Covid-19, and are still offering odds on the outright championships this season, and given how in-demand this market is, there are an array of incentives on offer as these bookies battle for market share on the event. Defending champion Lewis Hamilton is a best priced 1/2, in what is a competitive market for bookmakers. Whilst many on the list are offering 4/9 and even 2/5 in some cases – prices which seem somewhat short given the event is a lesser version of the usual.

• 31st July – 16th August: Snooker – World Championship

Another event that is still set to go ahead is the Snooker World Championships at the Crucible. It is always a hugely popular event in Sheffield, with defending champion Judd Trump the favourite at a best priced 11/4 to defend his title. Other key contenders include the likes of Neil Robertson and of course Ronnie O’Sullivan, who are both available at 5/1.

• 24th September – 4th October: Tennis – French Open

The French Open is again set to take place at Roland Garros in Paris and has been moved from its usual early season date to the latter stages of the year due to the pandemic. Rafael Nadal will again be heading in as the star name, and is a best priced 21/20 favourite, with Novak Djokovic next in at 3/1. Nadal will be looking to win the competition for the fourth year in succession and 13th in total and is going to take all the beating.

Source: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/09/sports/french-open-rafael-nadal-dominic-thiem.html

 

• 25th-27th September: Golf – Ryder Cup

The 43rd edition of the Ryder Cup will be held in the United States this year, in the latter stages of September. It will be played on the Straits course at Whistling Straits, Haven in Wisconsin. Team Europe have won each of the last two editions of the event, but will start as the underdogs, with the USA the current favourites at a best priced 8/11 at present. Team Europe can then be supported at 6/4, following their incredible late victory secured by Francesco Molinari on the final day at Le Golf national.

• 4th October: Athletics – London Marathon

Not a major betting event in itself but one that has major interest this year, with the dual between defending champions Eliud Kipchoge and Ethiopian legend Kenenisa Bekele. The pair hold the two fastest official marathon times in history and it sets up for one of the most anticipated races of the last decade. Kipchoge will be the betting favourite, as he has won the last two editions of the race. The London marathon is also hugely important for Charities around the world, which was another key reason it has been reschedule to this later date.

Source: https://www.runnersworld.com/uk/news/a31113453/london-marathon-coronavirus/

 

 

 

 

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Getting Started With Esports

As the weeks tick by during the global epidemic, we’re seeing more and more of our favourite sporting events being postponed or cancelled all together – and with this we’re seeing our favourite betting opportunities also dry up. This does, however, provide an opportunity to expand into an area you may not be familiar with – in esports. We have seen the esports industry explode in growth in recent years, and along with it an huge boost in the esports betting market – the bar for entry is relatively low, and you may find a new passion along the way.

Where normal sporting events have been affected, esports by its nature has managed to go ahead mostly without disruption – although the live events have had to continue without any fans in attendance and the larger events may have been postponed or cancelled for the time being, there are still many games every week. It’s difficult to get started in something you may not understand or may not be familiar with, you can get the online betting offers to the UK and use these offers to wager on esports if you choose. This will also serve as an entry guide to outline the basics to some of the bigger esports currently taking place.

1. League of Legends – Probably the biggest esport title in the world right now – the game is very simple at its basic form, two teams of five players, that split into three different “lanes” on the map, with the overall goal to push through the end of the lane and in to the enemy’s base. With a number of different regions and ten competing teams per region, there are a lot of games taking place every weekend. Whilst there are stronger teams and favourites amongst the regions, it isn’t always so cut and dry – watch some games, learn the basics, and understand some of the nuances that make up the game being played at the highest levels – you can find the value in upset games that happen every week. In a very similar note, DoTA is a very similarly styled game with the same win condition but different pacing – there aren’t as many professional games currently being played, but there are still many that are – typically those who don’t like one, like the other, so it may be worth checking both out.

2. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive – Another of the biggest esport titles – where many League of Legends games take place during the weekend for the different regions, a lot of the CS:GO matches take place throughout the week as the larger events are focussed toward the weekends. A much simpler game – two teams of five again, with the first team to lose all five players or to lose the map objective lose the round – first to win 16 rounds wins the game. The game is much faster paced, and much more viewer friendly to those without prior experience – it is also worth noting that the game isn’t split into regions as far as League of Legends goes, whilst there is a small split, a lot of the teams will play against each other globally more often as there are more events where the teams come together.

Now is a better time than any to get started – whilst the horse racing and football may be cancelled for some time, online games will continue to go on as usual.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Coronavirus Scams – Don’t Get Caught Out

As the world battles against the coronavirus, it is at times like this you tend to see both the best – and sadly the worst – side of humanity. 

Sadly in terms of the latter there have been numerous reports of scammers trying to exploit the crisis for their own financial gain. Indeed the police in the UK have already reported a massive increase of over 500% in scams due to the coronavirus and more than a million pounds worth of losses. 

The scammers tend to focus on the vulnerable and isolated, which makes it even worse in many ways. Below we will take a look at some of the most common scams going on at the moment and what you should do to avoid them. Whilst you may be savvy enough yourself to spot these kinds of scams, it might be an elderly member of your family is not, so it can be worth passing on such information to those you consider at risk. 

 

Phishing Scams

Phishing scams are where fake companies send out e-mails and text messages trying to get your login details or for you to open a link. Although at first glance they can appear legitimate, there are usually some tell-tale signs such as bad spelling and grammar, not addressing you by name (but rather using “Dear Sir/Madam”). 

Coronavirus phishing scams include an e-mail supposedly from the World Heath Organisation (WHO), trying to get you to click on a link for health advice, which then takes you to a pop-up in front of a fake WHO website for you to enter your e-mail and password – obviously DON’T do so. Security firm Sophos has published detailed info on this particular scam. 

Another scam doing the rounds here in the UK is a text message purporting to be from HMRC, saying they know times have been tough and offering a tax rebate. This is fake – they would not contact people by text and no such schemes are yet in place. There has also been a scam in America from a fake organisation pretending to be the CDC.

In addition there has been a text message going round pretending to be “UKGOV”  offering a payment of £458 to all residents as part of its efforts against the coronavirus and directing them to a fake website. 

In general, be suspicious of any unsolicited e-mails or texts you receive, for example from a bank, Paypal, Sky, tax authorities etc and in particular health-related organisations at the moment. These will often have an urgent tone to try and scare people into reacting, knowing that many people are particularly worried currently. 

 

Phone Calls and Visits to Homes

Most of us are familiar with scam callers by now, often claiming to be from your bank, the tax authorities or even the police. These have reportedly been increasing in light of the coronavirus and targeting people for their bank details, PIN codes and so on, again exploiting people’s fear and desperation in the current crisis. As always, any authorities who are genuine would never call you up unsolicited asking for such crucial information. Just ignore them.  

Particularly concerning have been reports of criminals going to people’s homes claiming to offer tests for coronavirus or to take their temperature – for a large fee of course. Hopefully now with the widespread lockdowns around the world people would not even be able to run such scams. If there is proper testing, it will be run by the government or health authorities and you will know about it as it will be all over the news.  Avoid anyone else claiming to offer such testing going door-to-door in the absence of government-authorised schemes. 

Sadly there are also reports of criminals going to people’s homes offering to do shopping for them, but just taking the cash and never returning. Thankfully the government here in the UK is now putting in place delivery packages for the vulnerable so hopefully people will not need to fall victim to such disgraceful behaviour. 

 

Face-Masks and Hand Sanitiser

Another popular coronavirus scam is people selling face-masks and hand sanitiser door-to-door. These will often be for hugely inflated prices and in many cases the items do not even work effectively. Again with the current lockdowns hopefully there won’t be too much opportunity for these to still happen, but be vigilant just in case.

There are also websites however pricing such items at exorbitant rates which is downright disgraceful. One victim was even reported to have lost over £15,000 from making bulk orders of face masks which were never delivered and similar reports of fake merchants have been reported in the USA. 

Reports here in the UK are that supermarkets have ample supply of hand sanitiser so it should not be necessary for anyone to get ripped off in this way. 

 

Bitcoin Scams

You may not be surprised to learn that Bitcoin is being used in yet more scams, this time though in relation to the coronavirus. Website Coindesk reports that: 

“Local councils from the counties of Pembrokeshire, Manchester and Norfolk have issued warnings to local residents against scams using the COVID-19 outbreak to exploit fear and uncertainty through text messages and emails posing as an official health organisation.

Scammers are claiming to be able to provide a list of COVID-positive residents in their area for an undisclosed sum of bitcoin and are faking legitimacy by posing as the World Health Organisation (WHO) as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).”

There are also the usual “earn free bitcoin” or “make x% per day from cryptocurrency” scams doing the rounds, so as normal you should avoid them. 

 

Conspiracy Theories and “Fake News”

As if all the above wasn’t enough, the coronavirus has led to a plethora of conspiracy theories and fake news stories going around, particularly on social media, from the bizarre to frankly ridiculous (e.g. “it’s a Chinese bioweapon”). These stories tend to stoke fears and attempt to apportion blame (often wrongly), or just to get clicks but do nothing to help the crisis.

Trusted fact-checking websites include Snopes, Full Fact and Channel 4 News has its own Factcheck website. Use these to check a story you hear on social media if it doesn’t sound quite right. And of course you can get trusted news from respected sites such as the BBC.  

 

Conclusion – Be Extra Vigilant

Sadly the coronavirus has led to a lot of additional scam activity and scammers are preying on people at their most vulnerable. So we all need to be extra vigilant, especially for those family members and neighbours who could be at risk of these scams such as the elderly and isolated. A few simple things to watch out for are:

  • Check the organisation’s email address and see if it matches genuine e-mails you have received from them in the past. Or does it have extra letters/numbers which would indicate it is not genuine? Most fake e-mails have a clue in the sender’s address.  
  • Watch out for spelling and grammatical mistakes in emails. This is probably the most obvious sign of a scam and is a dead giveaway. 
  • Avoid clicking links or opening files from sources you’re not familiar with or look suspect. Don’t enter any login details if you do click such a link.
  • Be suspicious of all unsolicited texts, e-mails and calls. And certainly never give out any key information such as your PIN number, passwords or bank account details. A genuine organisation will never ask for such info. 
  • Beware of “news” circulating on social media. A great deal of it is fake. Use a fact-checking website and follow a trusted news source such as the BBC or for health information you can go to the WHO’s official site
  • Be suspicious of strangers – again hopefully with the lockdown there will be less door-to-door scammers but it is still vital to beware of them. Do not hand over money or respond to anyone without official ID. 
  • Pause, think, report. Try not to make a snap judgement and take some time to think about something before reacting to a call or visit at the door. It is OK to say no and to step back and think about it for a while. You can speak to family and friends to ask if they think it is genuine before deciding.  

Overall it is better to be safe than sorry and to be extra cautious at the current time. Hopefully if we call out these scammers and help the police to catch them we will see less of such incidents going forward during the coronavirus crisis. 

Look after each other and hopefully we can come out the other side stronger. Stay safe and well!  

 

 

 

 

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Irish Horse Racing and UK Greyhound Racing Suspended

Well the inevitable has happened…yes Irish horse racing has been suspended until (at least) 19th April and UK greyhound has been suspended for the time being. 

Given the current situation around Covid-19 it is no surprise this action has been taken and it was only a matter of time really. Clearly public health must come first and given the government’s announcements regarding gatherings etc it would not really be feasible to hold sporting events in such circumstances. The priority is on slowing the spread of the virus and every industry and sector has to do their bit. 

It is really anyone’s guess when these and other sporting events might get going again, but it looks unlikely we will see action recommence on 19th April in Ireland – or anywhere else for that matter. It leaves very little to bet on in the meantime and understandably people have much greater worries at the moment. 

There have been reports however from bookmakers of much greater online casino activity as people look for other forms of betting activity away from sport. If you are tempted to go down that route we would recommend using a matched betting service like Profit Maximiser or Profit Accumulator to take advantage of offers and bonuses rather than just risking funds outright without any edge or bonus. 

During this hiatus we will be bringing all our reviews up to date and starting to look at some non-sports services, whilst at the same time looking at how you can avoid falling victim to any coronavirus-related scams. 

Otherwise it’s only left for us to say we hope you and your family are staying well and safe in these difficult times. 

 

 

 

 

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Tipsters Still Going During Coronavirus

UPDATE 25TH MARCH 

With the suspension of Irish horse racing and UK greyhound racing there is now very little sport to bet on and the list of operational tipsters below has been greatly reduced. 

Of the Betting Gods tipsters, only four are still operational currently:-

Obviously the Irish racing specialists and greyhound tipsters are no longer operational, leaving just the matched betting services still functioning. 

The situation is fluid and subject to change rapidly so we will endeavour to update this page as and when more news becomes available. 

 

 

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21st March 2020

As you will be well aware, the vast majority of sporting events have been cancelled due to the coronavirus. That has meant most tipsters are no longer providing selections during this hiatus. 

However, there are some who are still going strong so if you fancy a flutter and are wondering who you can follow during the downtime, here is a list:

 

Betting Gods Tipsters

Of the 18 tipsters on the Betting Gods platform, 7 are still going at the moment and they cover a range of sports from Ice Hockey to greyhounds, US and Irish horse racing and the (limited) football that is still on. Here is the list of their seven tipsters still operational:-

So a decent list to choose from there across a number of different sports and they are working harder than ever to generate some additional profits during this difficult time for everyone. 

 

Irish Racing Specialists

Whilst UK racing has been abandoned until the 1st May at the earliest, the heroic folk over in Ireland are continuing to hold race meetings. Having just one meeting per day, following special protocols and releasing emergency personnel to assist the government when needed seems to be a sensible approach and let’s hope it’s something the delivery services uk horse racing authorities can adopt and get racing going again ASAP if it is proven to be successful. 

There are a number of tipsters who follow Irish racing and are still providing selections at the moment. These top tipsters include:-

In fact on Friday both Quentin and Racing Intelligence picked winners so it appears they are still bang on it even when concentrating just on Irish Racing!

 

Greyhound Tipsters

UK greyhound racing is still going on behind closed doors and fortunately we have just finished a review of a greyhound expert who passed our trial with flying colours! That tipster is Greyhound Maestro and you can get a free trial for 14 days here.

In addition there is long-standing tipster Premier Greyhound Tips (also listed above) who has made over £7,000 profit to £10 stakes since starting up in 2014.

 

Matched Betting

If like many people you have suffered a loss of income due to the coronavirus you may want something a little safer to try and make a few extra quid and that is where matched betting comes in. 

Although there are fewer opportunities available right now due to the cancellation of sporting events, there are still quite a few out there to make risk-free and low-risk profit from the bookies’ free bets and bonuses. In fact the bookies are desperate to attract new business during a time when they are struggling to find custom. 

So with the sporting events that are still going on, plus casino and bingo offers, there is still a good opportunity to gain from matched betting and Profit Accumulator are currently offering a free trial to get you started.

 

 

 

 

 

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Irish Racing Continues!

At last a tiny shaft of light has appeared and we finally have a small piece of good news amongst all the devastation going on around us –  Irish racing will continue!

Yesterday the Horse Racing Ireland Board met and decided to follow a schedule of one meeting per day, behind closed doors, until the 29th of March when there will be a review.

Here is the schedule of fixtures:

Friday 20: Dundalk 

Saturday 21: Thurles

Sunday 22: Downpatrick

Monday 23: Naas 

Tuesday 24: Clonmel

Wednesday 25: Dundalk 

Thursday 26: Cork

Friday 27: Navan 

Saturday 28: Curragh 

Sunday 29: Limerick.

No overseas horses are allowed and any medical personnel or facilities in action at fixtures will be available for government use when needed. 

If this approach proves successful it could be a model for the UK racing authorities to follow – let’s hope so anyway. Apparently there are 28,000 people employed directly or indirectly in Irish racing so it’s a huge employer and a big part of life over there, particularly in rural areas. Hopefully everyone involved can stay safe and healthy and the protocols put in place work effectively.

Irish racing is not the only sport continuing however. There is also:-

  • – UK greyhound racing
  • – US horse racing still mainly continues until the end of March at least
  • – The Dubai World Cup horse racing is due to go ahead behind closed doors
  • – Football leagues in Turkey, Australia and Brazil are continuing for the time being

So there are still a few things to bet on, even if we have lost the vast majority of sporting fixtures to the coronavirus. How long these events continue and how long it is before other events may recommence is anyone’s guess. We are living in unprecedented times. 

As ever the main thing is that everyone stays safe and healthy and we hope you are managing to cope during these very difficult times. 

 

 

 

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UK Racing Suspended Until End of April

Well the inevitable has finally happened – yes the BHA have today confirmed that British racing will be called off until the end of April.

They had been holding race meetings this week behind closed doors but it seems the risks of still having staff, jockeys, trainers etc all coming together and not being able to guarantee emergency services would be in attendance at the meetings have meant even holding racing behind closed doors is not an option.  

Irish racing is still due to go ahead behind closed doors but it seems unlikely that will continue to be the case for much longer.

So we will have to wait until 1st May for any more British racing action, but to be honest we think it would be quite a surprise if they did recommence at the start of May. It’s difficult to speculate at this stage but given governments are talking about keeping things locked down for at least a few months, it might be more plausible to look at a restart later in the summer. 

Anyway, no-one knows at this stage so we just have to accept the inevitable and put up with no racing for a while. And of course no football, golf, tennis, cricket or pretty much any other sport either! Obviously this is a very serious situation and people’s health comes first so everyone has to manage as best they can, but if there is a long suspension of sports then it would put a lot of people’s livelihoods at stake. It’s a very tough situation all round. 

The suspension of UK racing was followed this afternoon by the cancellation by UEFA of Euro 2020, which is now scheduled to be held in 2021. This makes sense and gives the authorities a chance to finish the domestic leagues.

With just nine games left to play for most clubs in the Premier League for example, if they played two games a week (one midweek and one at weekends) they could get the season finished in just over a month, so June/July is a possible option for this. Once again though it’s a question of wait and see…

For Honest Betting Reviews during this hiatus it gives us a chance to get all our reviews up to date and to take a look at non-sports related systems, so watch this space for more news on those. 

In the meantime we can only wish you and your loved ones well during these tough times.