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5 Horse racing tips for 2024

| December 11, 2023

Horse racing fans around the world have plenty to look forward to next year, with the upcoming calendar packed with a host of top-class equine action.

Whether you love the excitement of flat racing or the thrills of the National Hunt scene, 2024 is guaranteed to provide you with a ton of enjoyment.

With that in mind, we have scoured the schedule to identify five horses we think will deliver winning returns to punters at the biggest meetings.

Cheltenham Festival

Fans of horse racing betting in Ireland love the annual pilgrimage to the Cheltenham Festival in March, with the meeting dominated by Irish-trained runners in recent years.

Trainer Willie Mullins will head to this year’s meeting aiming to add to his tally of 94 winners and it would be no surprise to see him break into three figures.

One his best chances of a winner is Ile Atlantique, who looked a potential superstar when roaring to an emphatic victory in a maiden hurdle at Gowran Park in November.

The horse’s odds to win the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle were halved to 17.00 after that performance and he will likely be a lot shorter when the race is staged.

Epsom Derby

Leading Irish flat trainer Aidan O’Brien has handled numerous horses who have earned the right to be called ‘superstars’ during his illustrious career.

On that basis, his effusive praise for City Of Troy after the horse romped to victory in the 2023 Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket Racecourse was particularly noteworthy.

He described the horse as ‘the best two-year-old he has ever trained’ and predicted that he will go on to establish himself a star of the sport next year.

Odds of 3.50 to win the Epsom Derby in June look tempting given how highly O’Brien rates City Of Troy and could prove to be one of the best bets of the year.

Royal Ascot

The undisputed highlight of the flat racing season during the summer in the United Kingdom is Royal Ascot, and the 2024 edition is guaranteed to be a thriller.

Several Australian horses are expected to travel to the northern hemisphere for the meeting, adding to the international appeal of the five-day event.

The standout bet in the ante-post markets is Vandeek – a hugely talented sprinter who is fancied to mop up several Group 1 races next season.

His primary target is the six-furlong Commonwealth Cup, and odds of 5.00 to win the prestigious race are well worth snapping up.

Breeders’ Cup World Championships

The two-day Breeders’ World Cup Championships in November is the culmination of the international flat racing calendar each year.

The Breeders’ Cup Classic is the standout race, with $6 million prize money up for grabs in an event that garners massive interest in online betting circles.

North American trainers have historically had the upper hand in the Classic, but that could change in 2024 if the aforementioned O’Brien has his way.

His Auguste Rodin was a superb winner of the 2023 Breeders’ Cup Turf and looks worth chancing at odds of 17.00 to win the Classic next year.

Melbourne Cup

The Melbourne Cup has become a more international affair in recent years, with the organisers encouraging overseas trainers to target the race with their top stayers.

However, Australian handlers have continued to have the upper hand in the ‘race that stops the nation’ and the 2024 edition of the race may well continue in the same vein.

To rub salt in the wounds, a horse acquired at the recent Tattersalls Autumn Horses in Training Sale at Newmarket could extend Australia’s dominance in the race.

McKeever Bloodstock, Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott paid AU$1.155 million to purchase Balance Play and will aim the horse at the 2024 Melbourne Cup.

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