down cross right results icon premium content video video hollow icon audio lifeNews icon-comment tick starFilled betSlip hot icon-liveCommentary refresh spinner arrow-down
coral logo ladbrokes logo betway logo williamHill logo bet365 logo paddypower logo unibet logo betfair logo skybet logo tote logo
TODAY'S OFFERS
TODAY'S BOOKMAKER OFFERS
Exclusive to new customers:
  • View offer
    GET UP TO £100 IN FREE BETS
    Claim this offer
    New customer offer. Place 5 x £10 or more bets to receive £20 in free bets. Repeat up to 5 times to receive maximum £100 bonus. Min odds 1/2 (1.5). Exchange bets excluded. Payment restrictions apply. T&Cs apply.
  • View offer
    £10 risk-free first bet
    Claim this offer
    Place your first bet on Pools and if it loses we'll refund your stake in cash. Max refund is £10. Qualifying bet is the first bet added to the betslip. Totewin will be the qualifying bet when a Totewin and a Toteplace bet are struck at the same time. E-wallet deposit restrictions apply.
  • View offer
    Bet £5 get £20 in free bets
    Claim this offer
    Open an account with Ladbrokes and place £5 of bets, you'll get £20 in free bets. 18+ New UK+Ire customers. Paypal and certain deposit types and bet types excluded. Min £5 bet within 14 days of account reg at min odds 1-2 = 4 x £5 free bets. Free bets valid for 7 days on sports, stake not returned, restrictions apply. T&Cs apply.
  • View offer
    Bet £5 get £20 in free bets
    Claim this offer
    Open an account with Sky Bet and get £20 in free bets when you place a £5 bet. First single and EW bet only. Odds of 1-1 or greater. 2x £10 bet tokens. Free bet stakes not included in returns. Free bets are non withdrawable. No free bet expiry. Eligibility restrictions. Further T&Cs apply. 18+
  • View offer
    Bet £10 get £30 in free bets
    Claim this offer
    Open an account with William Hill using promo code P30, bet £10 and get £30 in free bets. Min £10 stake, win only, min odds 1/2, free bets paid as 2 x £15, 30 day expiry, free bet/payment method/player/country restrictions apply. T&Cs apply
  • View offer
    £20 RISK FREE FIRST BET
    Claim this offer
    New customers only. Place your FIRST bet on any sportsbook market and if it loses we will refund your stake in CASH. Max refund for this offer is £20. Only deposits made using Cards or Apple Pay will qualify for this promotion. T&Cs apply. Paddy's Rewards Club: Get a £10 free bet when you place 5x bets of £10+. T&Cs apply.
  • View offer
    Bet £10 get £30 in free bets
    Claim this offer
    Open a betting account with Coral through our site and when you place your first bet on horse racing (£10 or more) they'll give you 3 x £10 free bets. 18+. UK+IRE New Customers Only. First bet at least £10 or £10 each-way, at fractional odds totalling 1/2 or greater. Free Bets credited as 3 x £10. Free bet valid for 7 days. Free bet will not be included in any winnings. T&Cs Apply
  • View offer
    Money back as a bonus up to £40
    Claim this offer
    Money back as a bonus up to £40 if your first racing bet loses + £10 casino bonus. Min deposit £10. Money back as bonus. Wagering requirements: Sportsbook 3x at min odds of 2-5 (1.40), Casino 25x. Only one bonus can be used at a time, Sportsbook bonus must be wagered before using the Casino, unless the bonus has been forfeited. Bonus will expire after 7 days of opt-in. T&Cs apply
  • View offer
    Up to £100 in Bet Credits
    Claim this offer
    Up to £100 in Bet Credits for new customers at bet365. Min deposit £5. Bet Credits available for use upon settlement of bets to value of qualifying deposit. Min odds, bet and payment method exclusions apply. Returns exclude Bet Credits stake. Time limits and T&Cs apply.
  • View offer
    UP TO £50 IN FREE SPORTS BETS
    Claim this offer
    Place a single £10 Sportsbook bet and get money back as a free bet if it loses.There are x5 Free Bets available. Max refund per qualifying bet is £10. Only deposits made via Credit/Debit Card will be eligible for the promotion. Paddy's Rewards Club: Get a £10 free bet when you place 5x bets of £10+. T&Cs apply.
  • View offer
    UP TO £50 IN FREE SPORTS BETS
    Claim this offer
    Place a single £10 Sportsbook bet and get money back as a free bet if it loses. There are x5 Free Bets available. Max refund per qualifying bet is £10. Only deposits made via Credit/Debit Card will be eligible for the promotion. T&Cs apply.
  • View offer
    Bet £10 get £40 in free bets
    Claim this offer
    Open a betting account with Coral through our site and when you place your first bet on horse racing (£10 or more) they'll give you 4 x £10 free bets. 18+. UK+IRE New Customers Only. First bet at least £10 or £10 each-way, at fractional odds totalling 1/2 or greater. Free Bets credited as 4 x £10. Free bet valid for 4 days. Free bet will not be included in any winnings. T&Cs Apply
  • View offer
    Bet £10 get £40 in free bets
    Claim this offer
    Open an account with Ladbrokes and place £10 in bets and you'll get £40 in free bets. 18+ New UK+Ire customers. Paypal and certain deposit types and bet types excluded. Min £10 bet within 14 days of account reg at min odds 1-2 = 4 x £10 free bets. Free bets valid for 7 days on sports, stake not returned, restrictions apply. T&Cs apply.
  • View offer
    Bet £10 get £40 in free bets
    Claim this offer
    Open an account with William Hill using promo code W40, bet £10 and get £40 in free bets. Min £10 stake, win only, min odds 1/2, free bets paid as 4 x £10, 30 day expiry, free bet/payment method/player/country restrictions apply. T&Cs apply
  • View offer
    Bet £5 get £20 in free bets
    Claim this offer
    Open an account with Sky Bet and get £20 in free bets when you place a £5 bet. First single and EW bet only. Odds of 1-1 or greater. 2x £10 bet tokens. Free bet stakes not included in returns. Free bets are non withdrawable. No free bet expiry. Eligibility restrictions. Further T&Cs apply. 18+
  • View offer
    Up to £100 in Bet Credits
    Claim this offer
    Up to £100 in Bet Credits for new customers at bet365. Min deposit £5. Bet Credits available for use upon settlement of bets to value of qualifying deposit. Min odds, bet and payment method exclusions apply. Returns exclude Bet Credits stake. Time limits and T&Cs apply.

It's Appleby again as Francis Of Assisi strikes yet another blow

Francis Of Assisi had only daylight in behind him as he scooted clear at Flemington
1 of 2

Charlie Appleby struck yet again in Melbourne when Francis Of Assisi posted a second wide-margin victory following his Bendigo Cup success a week and a half ago.

Connections were disappointed on Friday when Scottish was ruled out of Saturday's Group 1 Emirates Stakes with a strained near-fore fetlock but were left delighted when Francis Of Assisi kept the stable's excellent run going.

Partnered this time by William Buick instead of Kerrin McEvoy, the gelding loomed up to long-time leader Tom Melbourne, who was grabbed late on by the Appleby-trained Oceanographer in last Saturday's Lexus Stakes at the same course, before powering clear.

The winning margin was a massive ten lengths to Vengeur Masque, with Tom Melbourne doing enough to take third another three quarters of a length adrift, with the win Godolphin's third in the race following the successes of Hatha Anna in 2001 and Fantastic Love in 2004.


Appleby's prize money haul

The sparking form of Charlie Appleby's string has seen them scoop a combined A$1.44 million in prize-money across a total of nine starts, with Qewy, Oceanographer and Francis Of Assisi more than trebling their career earnings.

Qewy's haul now stands at £303,437, having arrived with £90,602 earned, while Oceanographer has now amassed £135,843, compared with a figure of £32,625 before. With yesterday's win, Francis Of Assisi now has approximately £268,158, up from approximately £68,722 before his trip.

Scottish also picked up a handy £210,396 when second in the Caulfield Cup.


"This horse has been leading all the work out here and I have to say, you can see mentally he's just thriving," said Appleby. "He's had decent horses coming up alongside him every morning but when he's got his own head in front, he thought he was King Kong. We thought he might have the credentials to perform well down here and we couldn't be any more pleased with what he's achieved."

Appleby confirmed Qewy's remaining target is next week's Sandown Cup and not the Zipping Classic and the trainer also confirmed all five of his runners – Scottish, Second Wave, Qewy, Oceanographer and Francis Of Assisi – will leave Australia in the coming weeks.

Appleby said: "We'll get them all back home, regroup and think about a team for next year. We brought these horse out here to test the water and we had no idea how they would run because it was our first experience over here.

"It's been a great learning curve for us and we couldn't have asked for it to go any better. Unfortunately, it's just raised the bar for next year when we pitch up, so let's hope we can perform as well!" 

Also on Satuday:

Flemington: Emirates Stakes (Group 1) | 1m2f | turf | 3yo+

Awesome Rock (Stephen Baster/Leon and Troy Corstens), who was disqualified after being first past the post in the Australian Cup over course and distance in March, finally gained a first win at the highest level yesterday.

The victory, which was the first for the Corstens since son Troy joined father Leon in training partnership, sparked wild scenes of celebration.

"I want to wait until they call correct weight," Troy Corstens joked. "We've said all along he's such a beautiful animal and we were desperate to get him the Group 1 he deserves. The way Stephen tracked Vadamos was brilliant, it was an unbelievable ride and it's brilliant because he's a good mate of mine."

Vadamos had been far too keen in the Cox Plate at Moonee Valley a fortnight ago and the French raider was headstrong again as he tore through the opening furlongs, despite the testing wind gusting across Flemington.

"He ran really well," said jockey Damien Oliver. "He was still keen but more manageable today, he didn't want to take off mid-race. It has been very difficult for the leaders today, so under the circumstances I think he ran well." 

Flemington: Darley Classic (Group 1) | 6f | turf | 3yo+

The final Group 1 of Flemington's spring programme went the way of Malaguerra (Peter Gelagotis/Ben Melham), giving the five-year-old a second career Group 1.

Ridden by Ben Melham, who partnered Black Caviar to win this race six years ago, Malaguerra fended off the late dive of Spieth to score by a nose, with half a length back to Fell Swoop in third.

The gelding was having only his second start for Peter Gelagotis, after leaving the stable of Lee and Anthony Freedman earlier this year and Gelagotis paid tribute to his former handlers.

"A lot of credit has to go to the Freedmans, they did a lot of good work with the horse," he said. "I came into the race today quietly confident and I'm so proud for the owners. A lot of thought goes into these situations and good things happen to good people."

Cloud bursts to comeback win

He had been off the track since finishing sixth in the Irish Derby of 2013 but Little White Cloud posted a remarkable win in a 1m2f handicap at Flemington yesterday.

Ruler Of The World was sent off the 4-5 favourite at the Curragh that day, with Trading Leather ultimately coming out on top and many could have been forgiven for thinking we had seen the last of that contest popping up in the form book.

The now seven-year-old had other ideas though, as he battled to a length and a quarter success in the colours of Tuesday's Melbourne Cup-winning owner Lloyd Williams.

"They've done a great job at the farm in conditioning him," said Williams' son Nick. "You could knock me over with a feather here, I couldn't have envisioned him being ready to win today.

"We knew he had the ability but they don't normally win after that long off."

He's had decent horses coming up alongside him every morning but when he's got his own head in front, he thought he was King Kong
Bookmaker
Price
E.W. Terms
Sporting
BetVictor
Boylesport
RaceBets