Harness racing often plays second fiddle to traditional thoroughbred racing, however, there's certainly a lot to be said for this type of horse race and the events themselves can often be very exciting and certainly worth betting on. Regular fans of harness racing betting will know that there is no lack of events to bet on in Australia alone, with almost 2000 meetings taking place every year at around 91 different harness racing tracks.
October and November see many of the biggest and most important horse racing events in Australia; one of which is the Cox Plate. This particular race runs at the Moonee Valley Racecourse and is held in particularly high esteem as being the premier Weight for Age race in the country. For this reason there is an abundance of Cox Plate betting every year, with many of the finest thoroughbreds in the world taking part.
Every October, the eyes of horse racing betting fans turn to the Caulfield Racecourse for one of the biggest races of the season - the Caulfield Cup. The richest mile and a half handicap race in the world; A$2.5m will be riding on the event for the owners and trainers of this illustrious group of thoroughbreds in 2012.
Whether or not you are a regular horse racing punter, you will certainly know about the Melbourne Cup and how much it means to the people of Australia. Just like the Grand National in the UK, even people who virtually never place a bet will have money on the winner of the Melbourne Cup and it is for this reason that the event is known as "The race that stops a nation".
For some reason, greyhound racing is often thought of as somewhat of a poor relation to horse racing. Nevertheless, many punters actually prefer to bet on the greyhounds as there are generally more races to choose from at most major greyhound racing venues during the course of the day. The races are also usually very fast and exciting, with most greyhound races only lasting about 30 seconds or so. In fact, many horse racing fanatics get hooked on the dogs when they have tried it for the first time.
Betting on the horses is almost a national pastime in Australia, and as such, all of the major Australian bookmakers have plenty of races and events on which to place bets. Whether you are an experienced punter when it comes tohorse racing betting, or are considering getting into it as a pastime, there are plenty of fantastic bookmakers to choose from, and plenty of information to help you make your bets.
It was fitting that a glamour horse triumphed in one of Australia's most glamorous races last year, when the Peter Snowden-trained Sepoy won the Golden Slipper. This year, most of the early chatter is about another champion who exudes glamour and guile - trainer Gail Waterhouse. The decorated trainer has had punters buzzing after the one-two finish of Driefontein and No Looking Back in the Magic Millions Classic. Controversially, No Looking Back crossed the winning post first but the positions were reversed after a protest.