Horse racing is the second most popular sport after football in the UK when watching the action. There is something enticing about watching powerful yet graceful animals and talented jockeys working in tandem to triumph over their adversaries at race meetings.
The most exciting place to watch for any fan of the sport is at one of the 60 racecourses across the UK. However, right now, this is not something that you can do. It’s likely to be a while before race meetings, as we know them, return. So, in the meantime, where can you find exciting meetings to watch?
Betting and watching in the same place
A betting site may not be the first place you think of to watch a race. However, in recent years, these sites have evolved to provide a better experience for customers. This is hardly surprising given the amount of money that can be made in the industry. According to Statista, off-course horse race betting turnover in the UK in 2019 amounted to £4.2 billion. So, it pays companies to attract people to their brand.
One way they do this is to offer people the opportunity to live stream races on a desktop, laptop, or mobile device. This means that if you are placing online bets on horse racing, you can often watch the relevant meeting simultaneously. One of the biggest advantages of watching in this way is that you can use a smartphone or tablet, enabling you to view great races wherever you are.
Watching horse racing on TV
You also have the opportunity to watch race meetings on TV. Terrestrial channels ITV and ITV4 regularly broadcast races. In addition, there are satellite channels which give you regular opportunities to enjoy the sport you love. Racing TV is on Sky and covers action from 61 different courses in the UK and Ireland. Previously known as At The Races, Sky Sports Racing is broadcast on Sky and Virgin Media and covers 26 UK courses and racing in Ireland.
The advantage of watching a horse race on a TV is that you can enjoy enhancements such as larger screens and surround sound. You can create an atmosphere that actually makes you feel as though as you are at the course.
There is also the fact that you can choose to watch this content on the move as well if you want to. These channels can all be accessed by streaming using a mobile device.
It’s clear that you have more than one option when it comes to enjoying the excitement of horse racing away from the course. Your choice may well depend on whether you want to place a bet on the races you are watching. If this is the case, it may be a good idea to bet and watch in the same place. No matter which choice you make, you will probably still be counting the days until you can go to the course in person again.
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