RACING AHEAD: Racing websites - the good, the bad and the ugly

RACING AHEAD with Tony McCormick
RACING AHEAD with Tony McCormick
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Racing pundit Tony McCormick from www.irishbigracetrends.com presents his weekly column, this week Tony looks at a number of websites that may interest readers in their search for winners.

Of the professional outfits, the likes of gg.co.uk have been around for a number of years and are one of the stalwart racing sites. A dedicated horse racing site gg.co.uk offers a basic racecard for each race, but clicking on a horse opens a series of interesting stats.

As well as detailed past results section, the career form split gives the user the option to see horse history on going, over distance and on track. It also has some of the most respected racing scribes in Andrew Mount, who is a Racing Post Spotlight writer, Kevin O’Malley and Malcolm Heyhoe.

The site offers a free tip service with the in-house tipster covering all of the day’s races – rather him than me – a Nap, a daily double, a tasty treble and a ‘even a blind squirrel sometimes finds an acorn’ Lucky 15.

betting-directory.com does what it says on the tin. The home page presents an A to Z, well an A to T, of sports they cover.

Their horse racing coverage includes betting news, ante post information, race previews and the major racing news. betting-directory.com has a regular column from one of Channel 4 Racing’s bright lights, the excellent Tom Lee, who offers his thoughts and selections for the big races of the weekend.

The daily racing page is informative with an overview of the day’s racing, a race of the day feature, tip of the day and a link to the naps of a number of racing journalists. Stay away from the racecards though, basic, gaudy and an ‘in-your-face’ betting partner not helping the overall look of the page.

betrescue.com is a sports betting site with emphasis on racing and football.

The racing section looks easy on the eye with an overview of the day’s racing with odds comparison from over 20 bookmakers and the newspaper naps from the major dailies, while Bet Victor’s Charlie McCann offers his take on four highlighted races.

On Monday, from his four selections, Charlie had three losers, one at 10/11, but managed to save face with a 1/5 winner – well, he is paid by a bookie.

Paul Ferguson, though, is worth reading and following on the site as Fearless Fergie takes on the shorties regularly on the site.

Paul, author of Jumpers To Follow, hit the target with an each way double on Saturday, while Monday’s selection finished second at a best price of 13/2 to land place money behind a 4/9 favourite.