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Top five horses to follow this spring with betting info

Best Australian bookmakers for betting on horse racing futures

#1/ Sportsbet.com.au

Sportsbet have the unique option of ‘Top Tote Plus’, which gives punters the best odds across three different totes. Punters can select this option knowing that they will receive the best odds across the S-Tab, NSW Tab and Tatts agencies. Their website interface is very user-friendly and details about upcoming racing is very clear to see. They also pay out early on bets that look certain winners, even if they end up losing. This type of promotion give punters that added edge with their justice payout and money-back specials, providing customers with even more value.

Sportsbet is usually the first book to open their fixed odds for Australian racing and they offer great prices, especially for opening favourites. Sportsbet have an app for android users and a live chat option providing punters with quality customer service. To make it easier, they have separate phone lines for racing, sport and customer service. They also offer a full form guide which gives punters quality information on every runner. Sign up and receive their two bets for one offer.

They are plenty of futures markets available from the 2014 Golden Rose to the 2014 Melbourne Cup and everything in between. They offer the best prices on most horses in the bookmaker markets.

#2/ Sportingbet.com.au

Sportingbet offers the usual wide range of betting options, but their ‘Protest payout’ promotion sets them above the rest. If your horse crosses the line first and loses to an enquiry, Sportingbet will pay out on your bet. They also offer punters to see which horse’s people are putting their money on with their ‘follow the money’ option and they also list the big bets of the day.

Sportingbet offer a live broadcast option, so punters can watch and listen to a race from their tablet device or computer. They offer great odds on all Australian races which extends to multiple overseas countries. They have also designed a new Sportingbet app for smart phones and tablets which has made online betting quicker. Sign up to Sportingbet and receive a free $200 bonus bet.

Their prices for the upcoming spring futures aren’t as good as Sportsbet for some horses, but they are still offering competitive prices for most of the favoured runners where you can get very good value now.

#3/ Centrebet.com

Centrebet offer fixed price quinella’s for futures events, giving punters great value. They also have markets for the upcoming Spring Carnival and their odds are very competitive. Their new features include a live broadcast, scratching service and full form guide. Their racing futures betting market is good with plenty of options available on all the major races throughout this spring in Melbourne and Sydney.

Centrebet offers a great sign up bonus for first time users. Punters receive a free $200 bet when they sign up which can be used on a wide variety of sports and racing. Centrebet is also set up for mobile betting with two apps (iOS and Android) which makes placing a bet more customer friendly.

Top five horses to follow this spring

1: Earthquake

Earthquake burst on to everyone’s radars last season when the then Peter Snowden-trained, now trained by John O’Shea filly, won her first four career starts with consummate ease. The daughter of Exceed And Excel won on debut at Randwick by 2.5 lengths over Sheer Style who has since gone on to win many races. She then switched tact and targeted the Blue Diamond series with a win in the fillies prelude by 2.75 over Eloping before winning the Group One main event by 1.5 lengths over Jabali.

Another soft-kill was in order for the stylish two-year-old in the Group Two Reisling Stakes at Rosehill where she would beat Mossfun by over a length but due to the track conditions, Earthquake was unable to withstand the challenge from Mossfun in the Group One Golden Slipper, finishing second by 0.8 of a length. Now, with a loaded season under her belt, the three-year-old filly is looking to make her mark again this season and she looks the goods to do so.

She is nominated for the Coolmore Silver Shadow Stakes on the 23rd of August where she is a short favourite but she is worth following in the major spring carnival races. She has a 138% ROI (Return On Investment) and that’s hard to go past.

Earthquake is nominated for the Thousand Guineas at Caulfield on October 22nd where she is the current $4.50 favourite. To place an early futures bet on Earthquake, head to Sportsbet and snap up the early value because she won’t be at $4.50 come race day.

2: Zululand

Zululand

The good looking Zululand looks well placed this spring.

Zululand isn’t the horse on everyone’s ‘must watch’ list but trust us when we say that he will contest for the major races this spring in Melbourne. The David Hayes/Tom Dabernig-trained colt is a three-year-old by Fastnet Rock and he is a stunning animal to look at. His record might not look flash but he has already won a the Group Two VRC Sires Produce at Flemington and it’s that form that will see him winning this spring.

His overall record of seven starts for one win and two seconds is solid and he is now starting to race over more ground which will suit him. He pushed Go Indy Go to within a length two starts back over 1400 metres in the unsuited heavy ground but his best effort came last time out. Zululand was unplaced at Caulfield over 1100 metres in the Vain Stakes on August 16 but he was desperately unlucky and he was never going to compete over such a short distance. He probably would have either won or placed with a clear run so watch for him this campaign.

Zululand is heading to the McNeil Stakes on August 30 according to Jason Timperley, Racing Manager of David Hayes, and then he will head to the Caulfield Guineas. The team was very happy with his first up run and they are expecting him to be competitive this spring.

Zululand is at massive overs for the Caulfield Guineas. The beautiful colt is currently paying $26 at Sportsbet.com.au which is better than the $21 being offered at Sportingbet and TomWaterhouse.com. Don’t miss out!

3: Our Voodoo Prince

If you haven’t heard of this seven-year-old gelding by now, you will have come the end of the spring carnival. The Chris Waller-trained import is by Kingmambo and out of champion racehorse Ouija Board and he’s unbeaten in three starts since arriving from England. His form in Europe was solid when placing behind Forgotten Hero and Greatwood – who has raced in mid-week grade in Melbourne since – but Waller has turned that form around and he’s now a prominent Caulfield/Melbourne Cup hopeful.

His first Australian start came at Sandown over 1600 metres where he won by 1.25 lengths over the well tried Tooleybuc Kid and Rugged Cross. He then stepped up to a more preferred distance of 2000 metres where he dethroned Akzar who was in very good form prior to meeting Our Voodoo Prince. Another 2000 metre race was to follow in the Easter Cup at Caulfield where he again beat Akzar by 0.75 lengths and he has since spelled to prepare for the spring.

Our Voodoo Prince resumes over 1200 metres at Randwick on Saturday 23rd of August where he won’t run well but he needs the miles and he’s a great staying futures bet this spring.

He is currently at $17 to win the Caulfield Cup and $21 to win the Melbourne Cup. We suggest taking him to win the Caulfield Cup ($17) at Sportingbet.com.au for the best futures value with this impressive stayer in the making.

4: Go Indy Go

Go Indy Go is a three-year-old filly by the way of Adelaide and she created a big impression when winning the Group One Champagne Stakes last time out to the races. The Leon Macdonald and Andrew Gluyas-trained bay filly didn’t look overly impressive at her first two career starts, where she finished second in both, but as time tells us she went down to good horses and her form since has been perfect.

She was a touch unlucky on debut behind Sunset Rock and she was her own worst enemy when running 1.5 lengths behind the talented London Lolly at Morphettville. Punters were not fazed by this bad run of luck and they elected her the $1.55 favourite to win the $115,400 Sires’ Produce at Morphettville where she duly obliged, winning by 3.3 lengths. She wasn’t at the same price in the Champagne Stakes however where she started at $7.50 but won like an odds-on favourite when beating Zululand and Kumaon convincingly.

Her trainers have very high hopes for her, mentioned the Cox Plate as her target but she is currently $6 to win the VRC Oaks over 2500 metres and an even better price to give the three-year-old’s back-to-back Cox Plate wins at $17 with Sportsbet.com.au.

With the trainers suggesting the Cox Plate as her main target, the $17 to win is a nice price in what will be an open field come the 25th of October at Moonee Valley.

5: Sarajevo

Sarajevo is a three-year-old who has had two starts for a win and an unlucky run at Randwick last start. The John O’Shea-trained colt is owned by the famous Godolphin Stables and he looked the goods on debut when winning by 1.3 lengths over Burning Passion who has since won. He then got extremely unlucky at Randwick on the 9th of August behind Scissor Kick and Better Land but it will pay to forgive that effort as he never saw daylight in the straight.

Sarajevo is a well bred colt and is nominated for the Golden Rose on September 13 where he is the current third favourite at $8 and he looks a likely contender for the major spring sprinting races in Sydney. He is also nominated for the Caulfield Guineas where he is on the third line of betting at $13 but we prefer his chances going right handed and he looks better suited to the Golden Rose this September.