Horse racing is one of the oldest sports that still takes place today. Of course it has changed quite drastically since the time of the ancient Greeks and Romans, but the idea of riders racing horses around the tracks, with fans watching on from the stands and placing bets on who they think will win remains roughly the same.
The beauty of horse racing is that there are hundreds of events each week for fans to find betting odds for, so they’ll always have a race to bet on. A lot of people will use the betonline sportsbook review to place their bets for horse racing odds, and also to catch up on where the upcoming races are taking place. That way, they are fully informed, and can place bets wisely on all the races they are interested in.
If you are wanting to find out some of the results from the biggest events in the horse racing world, then you’ve come to the right place. Read on to get fully up to date with the world of horse racing.
Drama in the Gold Cup
One of the most highly anticipated events in the horse racing calendar is the Gold Cup, which is held at the world famous Cheltenham racecourse in England. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the event had not taken place since March 2020, which really disappointed horse racing fans. Thankfully, the pandemic had subsided sufficiently in the UK so that crowds were allowed back into the stands, which were packed on the 13th of November to see the 2021 Gold Cup take place.
Anyone who bets on horse racing loves finding and betting on a horse with long odds, who manages to make it through the pack to victory. It occurred in this year’s Gold Cup, as the winner, Midnight Shadow (ridden by Ryan Mania) had betting odds of 9-1 before the race began, but successfully navigated the course to come home in first place. That it was done by holding off the pre race betting favorite, Protektorat, made the victory all the more sweeter.
The drama came from when Midnight Shadow cleared the final jump,only to skip on the landing, which nearly forced Mania to fly off from the saddle. The lead, which at that point was a significant one, was reduced to just three-quarters of a length, as Protektorat and its jockey Harry Skelton fought back. Thankfully for Mania, he was somehow able to hold on, and was overjoyed with the against the odds victory.
Not all doom and gloom for Protektorat
While he is best known for his many successful years in charge of Manchester United, Sir Alex Ferguson also has a huge passion for horse racing, having owned many horses down the years, with the most famous horse being the Rock of Gibraltar, which caused a huge disagreement with a Manchester United shareholder over the stud rights.
Putting that unsavoury moment to one side, despite having retired from the world of football, Ferguson still holds a strong interest in the word of horse racing, with one of his horses he owns is Protektorat. Given his winning mentality, Ferguson would have been disappointed with the outcome of the Gold Cup, but would have recognised that there is always the next race to get back on track.
Protektorat’s next face was at Aintree on the 4th of December, and was given pre-race betting odds of 4-1. This time the jockey was Bridget Andrews, who was hoping for victory in the Many Clouds Chase. There was stiff competition amongst the pack, including the former Gold Cup winter Native River, but Andrews successfully brought home Protektorat in first place, winning with relative ease. This win puts Ferguson’s horse in serious contention for next year’s Gold Cup, with its odds cut to just 16/1.
Frost triumphs despite the surrounding controversy
In the lead up to Grade One Tingle Creek Chase, held at Sandown Park in Esher, Surrey, Bryony Frost had given evidence about a fellow jockey, Robbie Dunne, in what she described as an alleged campaign of bullying and harassment. Given the ordeal that she has been through, as well as the unwanted attention from the press, you wouldn’t blame her for being distracted, and not fully concentrating on her day job.
However, her performance at Sandown wouldn’t have suggested she was anything other than fully concentrated on the job at hand, as she rode Greaneteen to victory, despite the relatively long betting odds of 12-1
After the race, when asked how she was able to get into the right frame of mind for the race, Frost said that ‘It’s the most blissful place you can be on the back of horses like him (Greaneteen).’ Let’s hope that she can concentrate more on racing in the coming weeks and months.
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