Horse betting is one of the oldest types of sports betting. Although it is difficult to say the exact start time, many consider that the first horse races and the first betting on them appeared in the 1600s in England, during the reign of King James. During these four centuries, this activity has spread to different parts of the world. It’s no wonder, then, that horse betting has been legal for decades in countries like the UK, US, and Australia. Nowadays, horse racing betting is part of the offering of almost every major bookmaker in the world. It is a popular and widely accepted form of betting around the world. The breed of horses is one of the important criteria when it comes to horse betting. There are several breeds of horses. So, let’s put the spotlight on these horses, stars of horse racing. Here are 5 of the best racehorse breeds of all time including horses running in the melbourne cup each year.
The Thoroughbred, the Fastest
He is a lively, fast, and very agile horse. These qualities are what propels him to the number one racehorse place. He is a hybrid from English mares and Oriental horses. It is ideal for belaying during horse races, whether trotting or obstacle courses. Very popular at the Melbourne Cup in Australia, it can reach speeds of 60km / h. Selected for his speed, the Thoroughbred has dominated the races since the creation of the breed, at the beginning of the 18th century, when three stallions of oriental origin, mark the future lines: Bierley Turk, Darley Arabian and Godolphin Arabian. Although not having a standard, the Thoroughbred is a lanky horse, with an average height of 1,65 m, giving a very harmonious and athletic overall impression. The profile is rather straight, the forehead broad, the head expressive; the shoulder is long and oblique, allowing the necessary amplitude of the galloping strides. The chest is ample, deep, the back is straight, the croup horizontal and long, the forearms long.
Le French Trotter, Excellent for Trotting
It is the cross between a thoroughbred and a Norman mare. As the name suggests, this horse is excellent when it comes to trotting. This ranks him among the best trotters, which considerably increases the breeding of this breed. The French Trotter is a horse selected since the middle of the 19th century, the time of the first trotting races in France (Cherbourg, 1836). He is the result of crossbreeding of Norman mares with Thoroughbred stallions and, above all, Norfolk trotters from Great Britain. The breeding of the French Trotter has developed considerably. Certain characteristics are found in all the subjects of the race: a rectilinear head, the prominent sternum. The shoulder, originally quite straight, becomes more inclined, allowing a more extended forehand gesture, going far to seek the ground. The size is medium. It is a very compact horse. The French Trotter therefore retains, from its Norman ancestors, its structure and scale.
Arabic, Suitable for Obstacle Courses
We can also mention the Arab: he is very endearing and endowed with incredible endurance and is suitable for obstacle courses. Although it finds its place in racetracks, this horse is also in demand for riding due to its high endurance. Its strength and aesthetics make the Arab the star of demonstrations. The Arab is one of the oldest races. Product of the harsh civilization of the desert, the Arabian horse was already noticed by Solomon and by the pharaohs. Muhammad made it one of the elements of his conquest. Used by all the nomadic tribes of the Near and Middle East, it was introduced into France from the 8th century (Battle of Poitiers) and during the Crusades. As a war horse, he participated in the improvement of many breeds and Napoleon, who was an ardent promoter, imposed his breeding in purebred, breeding which then gradually developed in France. The Arab is also at the origin of the Thoroughbred breed in England, and in the 19th century, crossed again with the latter, he allowed the creation of the Anglo-Arab breed in France. The Arab is a small horse (1,48 to 1,56 m). It is a horse with a broad chest, a harmonious rump, a short tail, and high set, with very lean limbs. He wears on his head the signs which confirm the nobility of his race: broad forehead, rectilinear or concave profile, short ears, well defined and mobile, large eyes, expressive and soft, very open and finely drawn nostrils. The head, very distinguished, is carried by a long and not very thick neckline, with very silky hair.