Where to Find the Best Bets During the Autumn Racing Carnival

Some of Australia's top horse most prestigious horse races will be run during the Autumn Racing Carnival. With the big races come the big offers from the big bookmakers. So who should punters part their money with?

The Lightning Stakes was run and won by Lankan Rupee at Flemington on Saturday as Australia’s Autumn Racing Carnival settled into its race… so to speak! While the First leg of Global Sprint Challenge is probably Melbourne’s most prominent race of autumn there are still 7 other Group One remaining in Victoria. Though when we hit March New South Wales will steal the show when Sydney’s Autumn Racing Carnival revs up.

Sydney’s Autumn Racing Carnival

There are 21 Group One races during Sydney’s Autumn Carnival. The Chipping Norton Stakes to be held on the Final Day of February is the first Black Type race while the All Aged Stakes and AJC Champagne Stakes on Saturday April 18 are the final 2 Group Ones. In between are some superb spectacles including ‘The Championships’ run over 2 consecutive Saturdays at Randwick in April where 8 Group One races are contested. The $4 million Queen Elizabeth Stakes is the highlight of that event. And of course there’s the world’s richest race for two-year-olds and the ‘jewel in the crown’ of the Rosehill carnival, the Golden Slipper Stakes.

With so many special races it truly is a punters paradise though if you’re failing to find winners your mood can change faster than Black Caviar on the Straight. Luckily for punters though there are plenty of Online Bookmakers who also get excited by this fascinating racing period. They’ll be providing numerous money back refunds, bonus bet offers and extra winning specials on all the big races. So if you shop around and bet with these Bookmakers losses will be a lot easier to take and you may even come out in front.

The Best Bets

Sportsbet do great money back offers on many Group One events. They generally give customers up to a 100 bucks back if their selections falls just short. Refunds are often provided if your runner finishes second to the horse Sportsbet select; while on other occasions you’ll get your cash back as long as your selection runs a place. Keep an eye out for Sportsbet’s ‘Power up Prices’ promotions on Saturdays, where for an hour only the bookmaker boosts odds on runners in Melbourne and Sydney.

Love backing the Quaddie? You’ll love them even more with Centrebet’s 20% bonus on successful Quaddies. The Bookmaker selects a Quaddie from one of Saturday’s big meetings and then entitles members and 20% extra on winnings if they correctly pick their first quaddie bet. Tom Waterhouse also regularly offers bonuses on winnings on successful exotics such as Quaddies and Trifectas. The bonuses can be up to 30% in the tough races to pick. While Take on Tom bets are also a regular feature of Saturday race days. Tom will wind out the prices on some of the short priced favourites in the top races. We all know the best horse in the race doesn’t always win and the Group One races are often unpredictable, with such strong fields. But if you seem to always fancy the favourites then take on Tom Waterhouse and get over the odds on your selections.

Look out for BetEasy’s Bonus Bet offers on the feature races especially when there’s a couple of Group Ones on the same Saturday. The Bookmaker often selects a race where if you have a wager on it they’ll give you a bonus bet to the same value, to chuck on another big race that day. The 2 for 1 offer generally has a maximum free bet value of $50. While Ladbrokes, Luxbet and others will also have excellent offers when the big races roll around!

The more Bookmakers you bet with the more refunds and bonuses you’ll get… And the less money you’ll have to risk. You generally won’t find these specials on the Online Bookmakers websites until to later in the week, after the fields have been selected and barrier draws complete. So as well as doing your form for the big races make sure you study which top offers are likely to work in your favour.