If you want to stream horse races online, then you may be surprised to hear that there are plenty legal and legitimate websites which will allow you to do it for free. Better still, you don’t have to search hard for these sites, in fact, they are dedicated horse racing sites which will stream races directly from the tracks onto your computer or mobile device.
To start enjoying streams of live races, all you need to do is set up an account with the website of your choosing. Although there are plenty of different sites offering live streaming of horse racing available, the registration process is fairly straightforward and similar with each site, meaning you can expect to have your account set up in a matter of minutes. To give you a better understanding of what might be the best site for you, we’ve included a few examples of some of the leading sites offering live streams of horse races and taken a closer look at some of their key features.
One of the leading examples is Betfair, who have gained plaudits for going the extra mile when it comes to streaming. With streaming channels provided by At the Races and Racing UK amongst others. All that’s required in order to watch a race with Betfair is for you to have an account and to have placed a matched bet of £2 or more on that race.
Those who open an account with Betfair can expect to watch a smooth stream with unbroken pictures and sound. Keep in mind, however, that there is usually a delay of 10-20 seconds. To get started with the live video, simply click the ‘Live video’ icon whilst in your account.
From your Betfair account you’ll be able to access a dedicated multiples section, allowing you to place an accumulator or a combination bet should you wish. Although some of the odds may not be as good as those offered by competing bookmakers, the variety of the markets on offer means Betfair has the advantage. On any given day, you can expect to see live video and odds on UK and Irish racing as well as Australian, American, French, German and South African races. Backing forecasts and reverses is also possible, as is distance betting, meaning all in all Betfair offers a pretty comprehensive package. There is, however, one drawback. Although you can bet on a horse ‘to place’, Betfair doesn’t usually give you the option of backing it each-way, which may prove to be a stumbling block for some punters.
You can watch every horse race from both the UK and Ireland live with Bet365. Like Betfair, Bet365 use streams from RacingUK and At The Races. Unlike Betfair however, you’re only required to place a wager of £0.50 on the race you wish to watch.
To begin watching, all you are required to do is login to your account and place your bet. Once your bet has been placed, you’ll be able to click on the Race-RES link. There should then be a live stream link located above the race result. The whole process is very straightforward and should you need any help, there’s a handy FAQ located in the sidebar. The live stream itself is good quality, although you will need a decent internet connection to experience a seamless picture. If you get into any difficulties, the site has plenty of technical help on hand.
Punters can expect to find prices on every UK and Irish horse race complete with the usual selection of betting options. They also offer showcasts, which are fixed priced odds on forecasts and tricasts. It’s worth bearing in mind that tricasts are only available on races where there are eight runners or more. If you’ve been a Bet365 customer for a while, you may have noticed that they regularly offer enhanced place terms on a wide selection of the bigger races throughout the year. They’re also more generous than some of their competitors in that they pay out on any disqualified horses and the official winner, provided you’ve placed a win or each way bet, meaning you won’t be left out of pocket should there be a stewards enquiry after your race.
As one of the major streaming providers, RacingUK is one of the go-to places if you want to watch horse racing online without having to put a bet on in order to access the stream. Offering live streaming from 37 of the UK’s racecourses, including all of the major ones, as well as live video direct from the paddock, it’s one of the most comprehensive streaming services on offer. There are also replays available should you wish to catch up on a particular race as well as interviews with everyone from trainers to jockeys and beyond.
For those wishing to place a bet, RacingUK also offers seamless integration with nine leading bookmakers including Bet365 and Betfair as well as Paddy Power, Coral and more. Bettors can also expect to find a price comparison courtesy of OddsChecker, which will ensure you always get the best odds for every race. The RacingUK live streams are available not only via desktop computer but they also have both an Android and Apple app available, allowing you to access the entire selection of streams from your mobile device.
For those who are a fan of Australian races, then Racing.com is a great option. Describing themselves as the home of both Victorian and South Australian racing, viewers familiar will with Racing.com will know that the channel is completely dedicated to racing and broadcasts live races as well as racing-related news 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
For those wishing to watch horse racing online, Racing.com is available via desktop as well as through a dedicated mobile app. The channel is completely free to access and, since it’s not a bookmaker, doesn’t require viewers to place a bet in order to watch a race. Racing.com also occasionally broadcasts races from Hong Kong via the digital service, although it’s primary focus is Victoria and South Australia races.
The live broadcasts are seamless and fully comprehensive, with all races in Victoria and South Australia covered every day. Aside from the races, there are additional features such as interviews, analysis and tips, giving you the inside track on which horses to back. For the dedicated horse racing fan, there’s also breaking news, allowing you to stay thoroughly up to date at all times. Unlike other offerings, Racing.com goes the extra mile for fans by providing them with a number of unique programs such as Get on and Before the First. These shows, coupled with the complete coverage make Racing.com pretty much the only choice if you want to get a complete picture of Australian racing.
With established presenters and respected voices lending their thoughts to the service regularly, there’s no way you’ll ever miss anything racing related. To access live streams of the races, simply sign up for an account. If you’re wishing to place a bet, however, it’s worth remembering that Racing.com doesn’t offer integration with any bookmaker, meaning you’ll have to place your bets separately.