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Best Bookmakers For Horse Racing

Horse RacingMy horse racing page is designed to allow you to compare and contrast what different bookmakers are offering racing punters. I’ve built a table which shows what’s on offer where and below that I’ve selected my top horse betting sites and reviewed what they have to offer.

There’s some tasty free bets on offer and plenty of different options in the comparison table below:

Best Betting Sites For Horse Racing

Horse Racing Betting Site Reviews

Amongst other things, what the above table shows is that there is a huge amount of choice when it comes to sites where you can bet on horse racing. To help you ensure you select the best bookmaker for you, therefore, we’ve picked out our top three online bookmakers for horses and will briefly explain what makes them so good.

#1 for Horses – Betvictor

BetvictorOur top horse racing betting site Betvictor offers a fabulous array of races to bet on each and every day. Meetings and contests from the UK, Ireland, Germany, South Africa, the USA and plenty more besides are all regularly priced up and available to place wagers upon. Betvictor also feature virtual racing for if the real thing doesn’t tickle your fancy or for when no real races are ongoing.

All UK and Irish races for which Betvictor offer odds (and that’s all of them) have best odds guaranteed terms applied to them and the bookmaker also offer real money refunds as and when a selection fails to start a race or loses all of its chance at the start.

Those punters who bet on races in the UK, Ireland, South Africa or the UAE through Betvictor, can also benefit from the bookmaker’s handy live streaming service. Assuming they have bet at least £1 on a race, those punters will be able to watch along live through the service and more recently race replays of all UK and Ireland races covered by AtTheRaces (ATR) have been made available to all Betvictor customers.

Bet £5 get £30 at Betvictor!

New customers only, 18+, T&C's apply.

#2 for Horses – Coral

CoralA bookmaker which prides itself on the quality of service it provides punters, Coral are second past the post when it comes to the best betting sites for horse racing fans.

Firstly, Coral allow customers to bet on a hugely impressive selection of different races on a daily basis. All UK and Irish race meetings are always fully priced up by the company and a great selection of races from Australia, South Africa, the USA and other nations are also typically provided to bet on. If for some reason you don’t fancy betting on any of those races, too, Coral also offer virtual racing for you to have a punt on.

As well as providing that impressive breadth of betting alternatives, Coral also offer horse racing punters an array of further benefits. All of their priced up races apart from Australian contests, for example, benefit from their best odds guaranteed offer and that is far from the only ongoing horse racing promotion.

Finally, as if all of that weren’t enough, Coral customers who bet on a horse race through the company’s site or mobile app are then also able to watch that race live through the bookmaker’s extensive live streaming service. To watch you much have at least 0.50p bet on the race and geo restrictions apply.

Bet £5 get £20 free bet at Coral!

New customers only, 18+, T&C's apply.

#3 for Horses – William Hill

William HillA bookmaker which largely made its name in the world of horse race gambling, it should come as little surprise that William Hill also provide an excellent online racing betting service to their customers.

Once again, a huge array of different races are priced up by the bookmaker, with all contests from the UK and Ireland and the vast majority of races from countries as diverse as Australia, South Africa and the USA also catered for. Just like our other two other bookies, what’s more, William Hill also offer a large number of virtual races for punters to have a flutter on as and when the mood may strike.

Best odds guaranteed terms, once more, are applied by William Hill to all UK and Irish racing amongst a selection of interesting racing promotions from the bookmaker. Their ‘2 Clear’ offer, for instance, offers a 15% free bet bonus when a customer’s chosen horse in selected races wins by more than two lengths and the #YourOdds promotion lets punters request special bets via social media.

Finally, as and when a punter bets at least £1 on any UK, Irish or South African, they can also watch their race through the ‘William Hill TV’ live streaming service.

Bet £10 get £30 free bet at Will Hill!

New customers only, 18+, T&C's apply.

Horse Racing Bets: FAQ

Whichever of our trio of top horse racing bookmakers you choose to bet with, you will have a great choice of different types of wager to choose from. Below you will find a brief explanation of some of the most popular alternatives, aside from the obvious race winner bets.

Forecasts – A forecast bet for any horse race is where a punter not only selects the winner but also bets on which horse will come in second to it. Straight forecasts are bets placed on one particular horse to win and another to come second, whilst reverse forecasts pay out if the two chosen horses finish in the top two, regardless of their finishing order.

Tricasts – Working in exactly the same way as forecasts, tricasts ask punters to correctly select the top three rather than the top two in a race. Obviously more difficult to get correct, tricasts subsequently tend to payout at much longer odds when they are successful.

Without the Favourite – The ideal choice of bet for when a race has a restrictively short priced favourite, without the favourite bets let punters disregard that horse entirely. Odds on the rest of the field are obviously shortened as a result but a without the favourite bet will pay out if the selection wins the race or if they finish second to the favourite.

Winning Distance – Another type of bet that’s best for when a field includes a strong favourite, winning distance bets give punters the chance to bet on how far that favourite will beat the rest by, with the various available distances being priced up individually.

Match Bets – Not referring specifically to the overall result of a race, match bets give punters the chance to bet on which of a particular pair of horses in a contest will pass the post first. Even if the two horses finish last and next to last, as long as a punter’s match bet selection beats its individual opponent home, the bet will be a winner.

the Cheeky Punter
The Cheeky Punter is an ex professional online sports bettor and trader with over 15 years of experience in the industry. He has worked for a number of top bookmakers including Ladbrokes, William Hill and Coral. He's also written for a number of leading news outlets including the Guardian, i (newspaper) and Soccer Lens. More about him here.