Now that we have dedicated TV channels for horse racing, there are more ways to watch the sport than ever before. Racing continues to thrive with main events such as Cheltenham, the Grand National and Royal Ascot attracting huge crowds and an undoubted growth in television viewers at the same time.
So if you’re looking to catch some live sport, what are your choices?
Get on down
For many, the best way to watch live horse racing is to get on down to the course itself. Here you can really enjoy the atmosphere, particularly if you are able to attend the major events such as the Cheltenham Festival which brings in huge crowds from the UK and Ireland.
It’s also an exciting time to place a bet as this can really enhance your enjoyment of any race on the card. You can stake course side or naturally you can bet on horse racing via your PC, before you head out.
There are 59 race courses in Great Britain running from Perth in Scotland down to Newton Abbott in the West Country of England so you should never be more than a short trip away from some live horse racing in your area.
We’ve mentioned the big events – Cheltenham, Royal Ascot and the Grand National and these are undoubtedly the pinnacle of the sport in the UK. However, the action takes place on 364 days of a regular year – only Christmas Day is dormant so that gives you plenty of chances to watch some live racing.
Take it easy
TV coverage has increased since Satellite TV took over and these days there are dedicated channels which cover meetings from the UK and beyond. If you can’t get to the course therefore, you can enjoy all the action in the comfort of your own home without the huge crowds to interrupt your view!
Once again, if you’re placing a bet on live horse racing then you have the option to go online and do this via your PC.
The final alternative is to watch live streamed events courtesy of your online bookmaker. With Stan James you can log into your account, place a bet and then watch a choice of races from the UK and Ireland, United States and South Africa.
With developments in technology, the sound and picture quality is excellent on these broadcasts and for many, this is the most convenient way to watch an event. You have to place a qualifying bet with very minimal terms and once again, the ability to catch the live horse racing will increase the excitement as your selections make their way around the course.
As with all horse racing, you can place an ante post bet in the outright winner and also in the Each Way markets. The race itself doesn’t have to be televised but with so many options available for the viewer, there should be at least one way in which you can catch the live action.