Around the Racing World It’s easy to get caught up in the UK racing scene on account that we all no doubt become very familiar with the national legends of the sport (Kauta Star, Frankel, Tiger Roll to name a few in recent years). There’s no shortage of horse racing action here across both the flat and the jumps season, and of course we have a whole range of races and festivals steeped in history that draw in the nation each and every year. The Grand National, Royal Ascot and Cheltenham Festival being, for many, the big three. They attract millions at home and abroad, and yet much in the same way that other nations are open to our ‘jewel in the crown’ races and festivals, we too should cast an eye to theirs.

One favourite place of mine in part due to travels and my online casino Australia fun, is Australia. Coincidentally a favourite race of mine is from there too. Yes, you’ve got it, it’s none other than the Melbourne Cup. This grade one event really is one to watch for die hard racing fans (with the Caulfield Cup and Cox Plate also high on the list). With impressive prize money (8,000,000 Australian dollars) on offer this two miler attracts the cream of the crop of world racing and is the richest two miler handicap on the planet. Held at Flemington Racecourse, in Melbourne Australia, the first Melbourne Cup took place way back in 1861, which is proof positive of its prestige. It attracts television audiences of millions and 100,000+ on course (in pre-covid times!). Winner of the 2020 race was the Aidan O’Brien trained Anthony Van Dyck.

I’ve been known to play crazy vegas casino, and an interesting fact about Vegas is that it has no race track, and in fact no professional sports held there in general. This is quite the surprise considering how much sports betting (in addition to casino going) happens there. The US is certainly no stranger to racing though with the likes of Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes being two highlights. One of the main highlights of the horse racing calendar, for me, is the Belmont Stakes, held in June of each year. Part of the triple crown and run over 1.5 miles and nicknamed The test of the Champion, the race has a purse of an impressive $1,000,000 and was won last year by American thoroughbred Tiz the Law.

What do you do when you're not horsing around? You wouldn’t be here if you didn’t have a love for horse racing, the sport of kings. Perhaps your focus on racing is on the flat or jumps, or a particular horse, jockey or trainer.  That’s the beauty of racing really in that it’s such a spectacle with so many aspects to it and such a rich history that there are points of interest, left, right and centre for fans. Of course it’s been a bit of a rocky time for racing of late, and sport in general, with the real down point being the cancellation of the 2020 Grand National (though thankfully that’s unlikely to happen this year). Of course covid-19 hit many areas of life though, which is one reason why I opted to play on the best online casino site rather in a bricks and mortar equivalent.

So you’ve guessed it, when horse racing is on the back burner for me I can often be found having a gamble on one of my favourite casino games (either online or offline). Prior to life being put on lockdown (and hopefully once again in the near future!) I could often be found in our local casino which rather conveniently is at a seaside so is a pleasing combination of sun, sea and … casinos.  I tend to, along with my brothers who I go there with, gravitate to the roulette wheel. It’s just always been that way really, and I can think of far worse options than such an iconic casino game. When I’m not playing ‘offline’ – if that’s what we’re calling the real world now –  I’m checking out new casinos online. It’s a very competitive environment where sign up bonuses, free spins and the like are available to all, along with of course your favourite casino games, such as poker, slots and more.

So now you’ve heard which gambling related activity aside from horse racing piques my interest. How about you? When you’re not having a flutter on the nags what is your alternative? Watching and betting on your favourite football team? Day trading (not ‘betting as much, but essentially not dissimilar)? Or like me, time at the casino?  Do let us know!

Life's a Gamble! I always feel like having a ‘cheeky bet’ as we might say is frowned upon a little more than it used to be. More and more often it seems like whatever anyone is doing there is the wag of a finger from someone or other in close vicinity. It’s a shame really as many of my fondest memories involve having a flutter on the races or heading to a local casino with my brothers and cousins;  real family affair. Even playing the best online slots can bring with it memories of big wins and edge of your seat moments.

Growing up it was – and still is outside of this current hiatus we’re all experiencing – something of a family tradition to ‘do the double’ of heading to our local(ish) racecourse (Great Yarmouth) and to then make a beeline for the casino there afterwards. It’s situated in a listed building that’s dripping with history and royal connections and has a nice restaurant there too – so as a combo it works like a charm. I have many a happy memory there of having a healthy win on the roulette wheel or slots or of a family member doing the same. I’m sure it’s the same worldwide really, whether online at or in a brick and mortar establishment, there is always somebody who is ‘quids in’ and having a run of luck you wouldn’t believe. As long as people know their limit and are there with friends, there’s nothing better than seeing what lady luck brings your way.

So the next time you’re faced with someone who likes to shake their head at people ‘chancing their arm’ at their favourite casino game or cheering on an outsider at the races, be sure to remind them that there isn’t much fun to be had in life by always operating with a safety first attitude. In fact, so much in life contains some element of risk, and if you always operate with caution,  many if not most of the best memories and opportunities that life can bring will simply pass you by.