Updated:Jul 19, 2021
5 horses you should know about when you are betting on horse races
Horse Racing is one of the most exciting sports to watch and bet on. And thankfully the sport is just starting to return after nearly 2 years off.
What makes Horse Racing so exciting is that the careers of racing horses tend to be quite short. Meaning there is always a new winner on the horizon.
This unexpected break has thrown up a lot of questions for Horse Racing fans as many of the pre-pandemic champions have now retired. And some of the new contenders we’re even born at the end of 2019.
While this may make experienced betters a little nervous, it does create a great opportunity to get involved in the sport for the first time or to return to it.
For this reason, we have put together a list of our Top 5 horses to watch in the coming season.
Why the horses that the bookies are offering short odds on are worth considering. Horse Racing can be unpredictable. For example, the bookies’ favourite horses have only won the Grand National 4 times in the last 23 years.
While there are often surprise winners in the sport, we do still believe it is well worth betting on, if you understand how Horse Racing works. In the world of horse racing, understanding the industry is the key to picking the right horse to bet on.
5- Minella Times
Minella Times is an 8-year-old horse from Ireland. His current trainer is Henry de Bromhead who is also based in Ireland.
While Minella Times did enjoy some success before the pandemic, he has really hit his stride since the British and European courses have begun to open again.
Most notably, he finished 1st out of 40 horses at Aintree this year. He won the Grand National under Rachael Blackmore. This makes Minella Times one of the most noteworthy horses at the moment as his rider was the first female jockey to ever win that race.
4- Acapella Bourgeois
Acapella Bourgeois is one of the leading hurdle jumpers in the field right now. He is an 11-year-old gelding from France. He is currently being trained by W P Mullins.
Acapella Bourgeois has been consistently winning hurdles races for the last 5 years. One of his career-defining moments has been winning the Grade 3 BobbyJo Chase for the last two years in a row.
Acapella Bourgeois has been successful both in and outside his home country – with wins in Ireland, Mainland Europe, and in England over the last 5 years.
3- Shattered Love
Shattered Love is a 10-year-old mare from Ireland. She is currently being trained by Mrs D Foster, and her parents were Yeats and Tracker.
Shattered Love hasn’t had the best return to racing as the sport has opened up again in Europe. However, she was a champion before the pandemic and shouldn’t be discounted just yet.
Shattered Love’s best results have come from Chases and thanks to her slower start to the season, the odds on her will be good for the rest of the year.
Shattered Love is a former winner at Cheltenham, Fairyhouse, Cork, Clonmel, and many more.
2- Burrows Saint
You might know the name Burrows Saint because he won the Irish Grand National at the age of just 6. This had many racing fans excited as horses tend to only get better over time.
Burrows Saint is an 8 year old gelding from France. Like Acapella Bourgeois, he is also trained by W P Mullins.
2019 was a fantastic year for Burrows Saint, he is definitely one that you should be keeping an eye on as we see the sport returning. So far this year he has recorded 2 top 5 positions, from 3 races.
1- Any Second Now
Any Second Now is a 9 year old Irish gelding, who is the offspring of Pretty Neat and Oscar. He is currently being trained by T M Walsh.
This year he came in 3rd at Aintree and put in an impressive 1st place winning at Navan. Considering these have been his only two races on the year so far, it is not surprising he’s been labeled as one to watch.
So far, the gelding has 15 podium finishes to his name, out of 25 races. He has only gotten better, with his 2021 wins already topping his wins in 2020.