If you're enjoying a flutter on British and Irish horse racing now and again, you'll be pleased to know that broadcast coverage of race meetings in the UK and Ireland is more accessible than ever before. Whether you live in the US, Europe or in the Far East, there are multiple services and platforms you can use to watch your favorite thoroughbreds take to the racetrack over the flat and jump seasons.
Available TV subscriptions
Racing TV, formerly known as Racing UK, is a leading horse racing TV channel committed to broadcasting up to 4,500 live races throughout the UK and Irish racing calendar. By subscribing to Racing TV, you'll get access to comprehensive coverage from 61 of the biggest and most historic racecourses across Britain and Ireland. By being a member, you'll get access to immediate results and the latest news. For a broadcast subscription, the cost is either £5 for a day pass, £24.98 a month, or £298 a year.
Sky Sports Racing
As of January 2019, At The Races was rebranded as the Sky Sports Racing channel. At The Races has been a staple in the Sky Sports portfolio for several years now, and the rebrand was designed to give horse racing its own dedicated channel. Accessible on Sky via channel 415, Sky Sports Racing is only available to those with a pay-monthly Sky Sports subscription. At the time of writing, the complete Sky Sports package is available to current Sky customers for £23 a month.
Live streaming platforms
It's also increasingly possible to follow the live action of UK and Irish horse racing online by placing wagers on horses with select sportsbooks. There are several that now stream every race to both desktop and mobile devices in real-time.
The Betfair Sportsbook and Betfair Exchange have a license to stream all UK and Irish races to those that wager a minimum of £2 on a specific race. Once your bet is matched, you will be able to open up Betfair's Live Video module, which is compatible with both desktop and mobile. The stream also includes broadcast commentary from some of the most experienced pundits in the industry. The Betfair Exchange is unlike more conventional sportsbooks in that it allows punters to place 'lay' bets on horses too (i.e. betting on a horse not to win).
Customers of bet365 also have the benefit of access to watch all UK and Irish horse racing. It's arguably better to use bet365 for your streaming as the minimum bet size to watch a particular race is just £0.50. Simply log in to your bet365 account, place a bet on your favorite horse, and you'll be able to click the Live Stream tab in the top right-hand corner of the page. Again, the stream is of high-definition (HD) quality on both desktop and mobile devices, so you should have no problems spotting horses and jockey silks.
William Hill is not only a household name in the world of US sports betting but the UK and Ireland too. In fact, the UK is where William Hill started. William Hill Betting TV offers live streams from 24 racecourses across Britain and Ireland. The beauty of William Hill Betting TV is that some race meetings are available to watch free, without having to place a wager. On each racetrack's card displayed on William Hill, there will be yellow crosses marked next to races that are restricted as 'Bet to Watch' events, but there are plenty throughout the day that aren't restricted.
The one letdown is that many other sportsbooks like Betway do not currently have the broadcasting rights to stream live horse racing, despite covering most other sports (providing you have a positive account balance). Although Betway may not specialize in horse racing, it has plenty of other strings to its bow, including casino gaming. It's considered a leading no deposit casino for UK players, with bonus funds made available immediately after signing up.
Even without the likes of Betway live streaming the UK and Irish racing, there are still plenty of alternatives to keep you up to date with the biggest and best race meetings such as Royal Ascot, Cheltenham Festival, and the 1000 and 2000 Guineas.