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Betway adds Horse Racing to Their Repertoire of Sports

Betway is a relatively newer member of a host of sports betting sites that are available in the UK. Started out in 2006, Betway has so far managed to stay true to their promise of being a complete package of sports betting and online casino games.

Betway uses Microgaming for most of their currently available games. A few live games were recently tried out using NetEnt platform, as well. However, the biggest attraction at Betway has always been their advanced user-centric sports betting facilities.

The sports covered so far at Betway included most of English football leagues including the Premier League; county cricket; rugby and tennis.

Betway adds horse racing

However, in a recent release, the company has announced that they have secured official betting ties with a number of major and minor racing championships in the UK.

The UK sports betting is primarily dominated by the big three betting companies in Ladbrokes, PaddyPower and Bet365. These racing deals are widely seen as an effort from Betway to further strengthen their grip on the remainder of the UK sports betting scene. This rings true especially in the context that Betway managed to secure the Queen Mother Champion Chase for three years straight, starting from 2014.

Alan Elgar of Betway, in an enthusiastic response, exclaimed that Betway was ‘thrilled’ to be a part of the UK racing sports –especially some of the courses that have a historic standing in the UK racing and sports culture.

Everything put together, Betway has £1 million, or thereabouts, already pledged as the prize money for various racing events and more would definitely be added to that once the pending contracts with some major races go through to completion.

New Horse Race Betting App from Derby Games

New Horse Race Betting App From Derby Games

Derby Games has come up with a new betting app for iOS users in the USA. This mobile app is called Derby Jackpot and it is a real-money app for horse race betting.

Hit the jackpot

Horse racing by Derby GamesDerby Jackpot is the first real-money app for horse race betting that Apple has approved for its users. Through this app by Derby Games horse racing enthusiasts can watch and bet on horse races across the US through their mobile devices. This certainly makes it easier to bet on horse races and no doubt the app will gain in popularity amongst race betting fans.

Apple has been okay with real-money apps if proper licensing is in place. It has been allowing such apps on its devices if all conditions are met. One of the conditions is that the app is available for free in its app store. Another condition is that app use must be limited to places, which the license permits. It seems Derby Jackpot meets all conditions set by Apple.

Betting on horse races through the app is quite simple. Bettors have to select a horse and the betting amount and use the ‘place bet’ button in the app. Then all they have to do is watch the race and see if they won or lost the bet.

A good deal

The idea of horse race betting app certainly seems like a good business decision. As of now such apps are not widely available for mobile devices. Google hasn’t allowed real-money apps for betting yet and Apple certainly is quite stricter about licensing of such apps. The availability of real-money bets for horse race gambling may certainly prove profitable for all parties involved. The app interface is simple and allows for maximum fun. Bets can be as low as 10 cents but can offer huge rewards.

Horse trainer

Legendary Horse Trainer Toby Balding Dies at Age 78

Tony Balding, one of the leading horse trainers in the UK, passed away on Thursday at the age of 78. Figures from the racing world lined up to pay their respects to a man many consider one of the best trainers in the history of horse racing.

Balding twice trained horses that won the Grand National, which is widely considered to be the most prestigious horse racing event in the UK. His first victor in the Grand National was Highland Wedding, who ran to victory in 1969. Balding trained his second Grand National winner two decades later, when his horse Little Polvier came out victorious in 1989.Tony Balding with horse

In addition to his famous triumphs at the Grand National, Balding was also famous for training Beech Road when he won the Champion Hurdle in 1989. Balding again had a horse win the Champion Hurdle, when he trained Morley Street before his 1991 victory. He also was widely praised for the job he did training Cool Ground on his way to a triumph in the Gold Cup in 1992.

Born in the United States in 1936, Balding moved with his family to the UK in 1945. He attended Marlborough College. In 1956, Balding began his legendary horse training career at the age of 19.

As well as being famous for his horse training prowess, Balding is also remembered for his instrumental role in shaping the careers of two legendary jockeys, Tony McCoy and Adrian Maguire. Balding gave both of these men their first jobs in the horse racing world, and both men credit his guidance as one of the key factors in making them the great jockeys they eventually became. Balding trained over 2,000 winners during his spectacular career. He finally bid goodbye to horse racing when he retired in 2004.

In recognition of his services to the world of horse racing, the queen awarded Balding an MBE in 2011. Balding will be greatly missed by many key figures in horse racing, including his niece Clare Balding, who is an anchor on BBC Sport.