All over the world, the holidays are all about family and friends. It's no different in Australia, where it's a tradition to head out to the racetrack for entertainment during the festive season. Late December is the height of Australian summer, which means it's a perfect time to spend outdoors at the racetrack. Now, horse race enthusiasts in the US can be a part of it.
Boxing Day is full of spectacular races across Australia from Melbourne, to Sydney, Newcastle and more. With the time difference, these exciting events are available in the U.S. on the evening of Christmas so you can relax and tune into the beautiful summer racing happening Down Under.
On Christmas Day, Friday, Dec. 25 (Dec. 26 in Australia), there are races taking place at the Caulfield Racecourse, one of the best thoroughbred racing tracks in Australia, Royal Randwick, known as the crown jewel of Sydney racing, and Gold Coast Turf Club, home of Australia's richest raceday, the Jeep Magic Millions.
Then on Boxing Day, Saturday, Dec. 26, in the U.S. (Dec. 27 in Australia) races are available out of Mornington racecourse, a premier destination for thoroughbred racing, Scone Race Club with its spectacular views, and also the beautiful Sunshine Coast Turf Club in Queensland.
Americans have lots of choices for where they can watch the Australian races taking place over the holidays. There is a wide array of advance deposit wagering (ADW) websites which are airing these races. Some of these ADWs are TVG, TwinSpires, HPIbet, Watch and Wager and BetAmerica.
Stay tuned to Australian racing into the New Year as a number of major races take place in early 2016 as well. Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016 (Friday, Jan. 8 in the U.S.), is when the aforementioned Jeep Magic Millions Gold Coast Raceday at the Gold Coast Turf Club in Queensland takes place and on Saturday, Feb. 26 (Friday, Feb. 25 in the U.S.), the Blue Diamond Stakes Day at the Caulfield Racecourse in Melbourne is worth marking on the calendar.
Australian horseracing is in full swing during the holidays. So while you're keeping toasty inside the homestead this holiday season, tune in to the summer excitement of quality races from Australia.
David Haslett, former Managing Director of Sportech Racing, was appointed President and CEO of Sky Racing World in April 2014. The Louisville, Kentucky-based company, a subsidiary of Australian wagering firm Tabcorp, provides Australian, New Zealand and South African racing content for simulcast horse-race wagering to multiple North American ADW brands and race tracks.
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