A Brief History of UK Horse Racing  When it comes to placing bets, horse racing is one of the most popular sports in the UK. It’s also one of the most frequent, with over 20 races each day in the UK alone, according to redbet. But despite its immense popularity today, the sport hasn’t always had the same mainstream recognition. Let’s take a look back at where it all began.

Ancient history

The first horse races are thought to have begun in 200 AD in Yorkshire, with Romans racing Arabian horses at Wetherby. However, from ancient reports and findings, the English didn’t start to saddle their horses until around 631 AD.

The first recorded race meetings took place during Henry II’s reign, at the annual St Bartholomew’s horse fair. There are numerous recordings suggesting that, for the next three centuries, the Kings of England kept ‘running horses’, continuing into the reign of Henry VIII.

Tudor times

During Henry VIII’s reign, there are more substantial recordings of horse racing. He himself passed various laws relating to the breeding or horses for racing purposes, as well as importing a number of horses for his own breeding. The King also kept a training establishment at Greenwich and housed a horse at Eltham.

It is believed that the first trophy – a wooden bat covered in flowers – for winning a race was awarded in 1512. Just seven years later, the Kiplingcotes Derby, the oldest horse race still in existence, was first ran in 1519.

Highs & lows

Just like all other entertainment sectors, horse racing has had its fair share of highs and lows, with interest dipping significantly during Queen Elizabeth I’s reign. But that changed again in 1605, with James I’s discovery of Newmarket, widely considered as the home of England’s horse racing.

The first Gold Cup event took place at Newmarket in 1634, with the racecourse being firmly established in 1636. After the founding of Newmarket racecourse, racing started to take off around the country, with runners competing for silver bells. Racing rules were created, and the weights of jockeys started to be diligently measured and recorded for a fair race.

Horse racing suffered another drastic dip in 1654, however, when Oliver Cromwell banned racing and all horses were commandeered. But this ban only lasted a decade, with racing being restored in 1664 and three foundation breeds being brought into England to establish a key line of thoroughbreds.

Introduction of Ascot

In the early 18th century, horse racing gained a renewed level of prestige when Queen Anne, who owned a number of horses herself, founded the Royal Ascot racecourse. Even today, the opening race of each Royal Ascot is named the Queen Anne Stakes.

Today, the Royal Ascot is Britain’s most popular race meeting. It also has the largest prize fund, giving out around £7.3 million in prize money each year.

Modern racing

In the 19th century, the first steeplechasing races were organised, shaping racing into the sport we know today. The world famous Grand National race was established at Aintree towards the end of the 19th century, starting the annual tradition that saw around 600 million people tuning in to watch the race last year.

Today, horse racing is as popular as ever, making around £4.3 billion between April 2017-March 2018 from off-course bets alone. There are a number of races taking place every day at the 60 courses across Britain. So, whether you’re a lifelong racing supporter or just tune in for the big events, you’re sure to find something for you.

Grand National Betting Odds  Rejoice horse racing fans! We are nearing one of the most exciting races of the year – the Grand National. The next handicap steeplechase at Aintree will start on April 4th with the opening day and end in stylish fashion two days later.

For those unaware, the Grand National is one of the most prestigious races on the annual horse racing calendar, drawing the attention of thousands of fans and punters. It’s a prominent event in British culture and the richest jump race in Europe – in 2017, the prize purse was a million pounds. With over 30 fences to be jumped and more than 4 gruelling miles ahead of the competitors, it’s everything horse racing fans want and more.

Of course, in the true vein of horse racing, there are plenty of betting options available. Every year, bookies have a wide range of Grand National betting offers months before the event so punters can plan ahead and pick their favourites. Every year, punters stake more than £150 million on the race, which is a true indicator of how popular it is.

2019 Grand National Odds Preview

With 40 runners starting the race each year, picking a favourite for the Grand National isn’t easy. Surprises have been known to happen and punters know that the heavy favourite isn’t always the right pick. The tough race track conditions at the Grand National make it one of the hardest horse races to predict. However, if you’re a true horse racing fan, you’ll know where to get your tips and hopefully predict the winner.

This year’s handicap steeplechase received 112 entries (47 from Ireland). Only 40 runners will start, though, each one with a chance at earning the hefty prize. Of course, not all horses will get the same odds. Not that those ranked highest will definitely win. Throughout its illustrious history, the Grand National has seen many 100/1 winners, so experienced punters know that the biggest favourite will not always win. With that being said, we’re going to give you several tips that can help you win your bets for the upcoming Grand National.

Go for Horses with Previous Experience

If they did it once, they might do it again. Horses with previous experience in the Grand National have been known to perform well. We’re not saying that they will surely win the race, but you’re better off with a horse that has already run at the Aintree racecourse before.

Stay Away from the Obvious

As we already said, those big names the media hypes up weeks before the race often become a major disappointment. If you want to increase your chances of winning, look away from the obvious. Plus, those high-profile horses from the top stables rarely have any good value in terms of odds, nor do they have a great track record at Aintree.

Compare Prices and Find Good Value

If you want to find the best deals and raise your chances of winning your bets, you need to compare prizes and be a bit more price sensitive. Do your homework and shop around – chances are that some other bookie offers better odds on your favourites than your favourite shop.

Don’t Bite More Than You Can Chew

Raising your stakes and betting out of normal size is a recipe for disaster. As we already mentioned, the Grand National is pretty hard to predict, so stepping out of your comfort zone when it comes to betting can have catastrophic consequences. Just stick to your budget and hope for the best. Of course, after doing your homework.

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Chepstow Racecourse  Chepstow  racecourse is located in Chepstow, Monmouth shire, near the Wye valley on a 440 acre-piece of land. It is a thoroughbred track for racing, and its location in the countryside provides a friendly and charming atmosphere from where people can enjoy watching the horses race. The racecourse is owned and operated by the Arena Racing Company, and is used for flat and jump racing. The track is professionally designed, assuming an oval shape, with a left-handed course. It has a total of five fences for the horses to jump over during the jump race. It is in a strategic place, accessible by road and rail.

In 2017, there were a total of 32 fixtures in the Chepstow racecourse calendar. These included the Tote pool Jumps Season Opener, which took place on the 14th and 15th October. It featured the Grade Two Tote pool Persian Hurdle and Grade Three Tote pool Silver Trophy (also known as the handicap Hurdle).The Coral Welsh Grand National also took place, and was scheduled for the 27th of December. This meeting featured the Coral Future Champions, one of the most famous races in England. This year, Chepstow racecourse will host a series of fixtures, both jumps and flats. There will also be music nights in the summer, and family racedays. Bank Holiday Monday will take place in August, with free entry for kids.

Besides racing, the racecourse is also used for a wide range of events, both indoor and outdoor. For example, the racecourse is known to host weddings, concerts, conferences, private parties, and product launches. Silks Restaurant is located inside the racecourse, and offers a fabulous dining experience with a spectacular view of the race tracks. If you like privacy, you can opt for the private boxes and suites from where you can watch the races from. Special offers are also available, which include Party and Carvery packages, all hosted in good facilities.