The new year promises to be a thrilling year for horse racing in both jumps and flat disciplines. The National Hunt season is alive and kicking and has already produced enthralling races in the early stages of the term. As the races get bigger in the second half of the campaign, the excitement and quality will only increase.
The 2019 flat season saw a great deal of history being made and surprises towards the end of the campaign as the imperious runs of Stradivarius and Enable were halted. The 2020 season promises to be just as riveting with plenty of twists and turns during the summer months. We’ll now guide you through how you can be part of the action by backing the leading horses in the sport over the course of the year and how to use a good comparison site to line up the best bookies for 2020.
Betway offers up to 80 races per day across the world, highlighting the scope of their racing coverage. They offer excellent odds across the board at a competitive value that matches their rivals and betters some of them in cases. Their bonus sign-up offer is intriguing to say the least, with the bookmaker matching up £30 of your initial deposit, leaving you with up to £60 to deploy for your first bet. There are plenty of markets available for the race days in question from around the globe. You will be able to place punts on almost any registered meet from the United Kingdom to Australia.
However, there are limits to their scope on the antepost betting markets. Betway focus only on the leading races in Europe on the antepost so there will not be odds available for meets in the future in the United States or Australia. Their antepost odds for Cheltenham Festival are very alluring at this stage with an early price of 7/2 for the great Altior to win the Queen Mother Champion Chase. Nicky Henderson’s charge is not guaranteed to compete for a third-straight crown yet, but with odds of that calibre it’s clear to see why Betway is one of the leaders in horse racing betting.
Coral offers up to 90 races to bet on per day, beating out its competition from all but two bookmakers. The volume of races makes it an intriguing option for knowledgeable punters, who will recognise notable horses and jockeys in the field. Coral provides an interesting platform for bettors who will be looking to bet on more than one race in the day.
They have a build a race card function on their app and website that allows the user to select 10 races from across the globe to insert into the card. The odds are calculated the same as an accumulator, although this is restricted to solely horse racing. Coral offers extremely competitive odds on all their races, providing similar prices to their rivals. However, the function ‘your call’ allows users to price up their own bet based on a gut instinct with a tweet to Coral’s Twitter account, which then could see the traders offering a unique price to the customer.
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Coral’s antepost odds are comprehensive and unlike Betway are available for races all over the world, providing odds for the 2020 Kentucky Derby as well as Cheltenham Festival, the Grand National and Royal Ascot. An antepost price of 5/1 for Tiger Roll in the National cannot be passed up to often especially given the horse’s dominance of the event. Coral’s sign-up bonus could be the perfect time to deploy a punt on the National, with the offer of £20 in a free bet after depositing £5.
Bet365 does not offer as many races on an average day than their rivals, providing only 50 meets per day for customers to bet on. However, the bookmaker does vow to provide the best odds guaranteed across the market, making them the ones to watch for value, especially for races in the United Kingdom that are featured live on ITV. Bet365 has an interesting selection tool that allows users to select a horse to monitor throughout the season. If you follow a particular horse, the app or website will notify you that it’s about to compete and ask whether you want to place a bet. If there’s a particular charge that has impressed in the early stages of the season – for example Lostintranslation following his triumph in the Colin Parker Memorial Intermediate Chase – you will be able to track his progress throughout the season, especially considering that he could be a contender for the Cheltenham Gold Cup. Their sign-up bonus for new customers is matched on the scale of your deposit up to £100 in bet credits. It’s a significant offer to receive and could be a lucrative one if you’re lucky enough to pick the right horse with your free bet.