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UK Horse Racing League Betting Offers 2021

racing leagueHorse racing has been one of the country’s favourite sports for hundreds of years, pitting thoroughbred animals against each other in a test of speed, stamina and intelligence. The only thing that the sport has been lacking is the ability to find a genuine way to make it a team event, which we know from the likes of football and rugby that sports fans love to watch. It is arguably the only thing that horse racing has been missing.

Until, that is, the Racing League was confirmed as a viable idea. Soon the likes of racehorse owners, jockeys and trainers jumped on board, happy to see the sport find a way to truly put itself on the table with other much-loved sporting events. Essentially being akin to the Ryder Cup in golf, the Racing League is a team racing competition that boasts neatly £2 million in prize money for the participants.

Given this is a very different form of racing there are many unique markets for this event to bet on compared to normal racing. Being new the bookies will also want a slice of the pie, which means attractive deals for customers.  Below we list some of the best promotions for the racing league, further down you can read about the format, schedule and more.

Racing League Betting Offers for 2021

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Where The Meetings Be Held?

Date Meeting
29th July 2021 Newcastle
5th August 2021 Doncaster
12th August 2021 Lingfield
19th August 2021 Windsor
26th August 2021 Lingfield
2nd September 2021 Newcastle

British Horseracing Authority chose four venues for the Thursday evening meetings to take place, with the following being the ones selected:

  • Newcastle
  • Doncaster
  • Lingfield
  • Windsor

Newcastle and Lingfield play host to two of the meetings. All meetings are are broadcast live on Sky Sports television. The courses open in the afternoon, with local bands and other attractions on offer to those that have come to watch the racing.

Natural Evolution Of Horse Racing

horses racing along a flat course

Horse racing sits behind only football in terms of being the largest spectator sport in Great Britain. The country’s economy benefits from horse racing to the tune of £3.7 billion, with the likes of the Grand National, the Cheltenham Festival and Royal Ascot being bonafide major events in the British sporting calendar. In spite of all of that, the appeal to sponsors for horse racing isn’t the same as it is for other major sports.

The Racing League is aimed at evolving that aspect of the horse racing industry, changing the sport’s perception as one that is for the elite, linked heavily to gambling and complicated to understand. The format is intended to by easy to understand, gripping and filled with excitement. The Chief Executive Officer of CHR and former Swindon Town Football Club Chairman, Jeremy Wray, came up with the idea to change the way the sport is seen and thought of.

Racing League Format

Teams Trainers Jockeys Horses Manager
12 2-4 / team 3 / team 30/ team 1 / team

In 2020, the British Horseracing Authority gave the go-ahead for the Racing League to get underway the following summer. When they did so, it was also confirmed that the calls of racehorse owners for increased prize money had been answered. Each race had a £50,000 prize attached, which was enough to ensure that owners and trainers alike were suddenly keen on their horses entering the competition.

The Racing League works by having twelve teams, with each team having between two and four trainers, three jockeys and a squad of thirty horses. There are also the associated stable staff needed to keep the horses healthy and happy. The horses compete in 36 handicap races, with twelve runners in each event and six races per meeting. The horses will be 3 and over and rated between 0 and 90, with the race lasting for between 5 and 12 furlongs.

The Racing League also introduces a new rule, in which a jockey is allowed to carry a whip but can only use it for safety purposes or for corrections and is not allowed to use it to ‘encourage’ the horse to run harder or faster. The horses then earn points according to their finishing position in the race, with the points going towards the team’s overall total. The team with the most points at the end of the six nights of racing will win.

The Team Manager will decide which horse will run in what race, as well as which jockey will ride the horse. Each meeting will have six races, which will be run over the following distances:

  • 5 furlongs
  • 6 furlongs
  • 7 furlongs
  • 8 furlongs (the 1 mile race)
  • 10 furlongs (the 1 mile and a quarter race)
  • 12 furlongs (the mile and a half race)

Each team has a ‘super fan’ attached, known as a brand ambassador, who will win big if their team wins the overall league.

There are 100 points available per race and they are distributed as follows:

Position Points
1st 25
2nd 18
3rd 15
4th 12
5th 10
6th 8
7th 6
8th 3
9th 4
10th 1
11th 0
12th 0

The Money

racing prize money eurosEach race will have a prize pool of £50,000 attached to it, meaning that the series overall will be worth £1.8 million.

The prize money will be broken down in order to mean that the higher a horse finishes in the race, the more money they will win.

The team that wins the overall league will also receive a bonus, with prize money shared between the owners, trainers and the jockey.

Why It Is Interesting For Punters

Cashless BettingThe main reason that the Racing League is so popular is that it is horse racing but with a twist. From a betting point of view, punters can place wagers both on the outcome of each individual race and the overall winner of the league.

This concept makes it similar to football in the sense that you can bet on a team and on their individual matches. It moves horse racing out of being a sport in which each race is an individual thing and into the realm of the overall outcome being important.

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