If you are betting on horse racing, there is nothing like listening to a live commentary of the races on your card. It certainly adds to the thrill and you can learn a great deal about the horses in the field as well as your selections.
While horse racing commentary and video is available from various radio and TV stations, they cover only a fraction of the events that take place in the UK. In fact only 10% of the races from the 34 Racing UK racecourses is covered by Channel 4.
Free Horseracing Commentaries
Official commentaries on all horse races in the UK and Ireland are available for free and can be streamed from the following bookmaker websites:
- Paddy Power Commentary Centre – available as text or audio commentary. Requires Adobe Flash Player.
- bet365 Horse Racing Commentary – Requires Adobe Flash Player though you can listen to a non-Flash version at the bet365 web site.
- Betfair Horse Racing Commentary – Also known as Timeform Radio – Requires Adobe Flash Player.
- Betfred Horse Racing Commentary – Requires Adobe Flash Player.
- Boylesports Horse Racing Commentary – Requires Adobe Flash Player
- Ladbrokes Horse Racing Commentary – Requires Adobe Flash Player
- StanJames Horse Racing Commentary – Requires Adobe Flash Player
- William Hill Radio provides live commentary on all UK horseraces along with analysis and tips. You can also watch the races through live streaming from William Hill, but to do so you will need to set up a William Hill account and place a bet on any UK or Irish race. You can bet as little as £1.00 to access the live video steam.
Subscription horseracing commentaries
You might wonder why people pay for horseracing commentaries when you can obtain them for free from bookmakers websites, but with these subscription services you also get HDTV coverage of the various horseraces. You can also stream them to you smartphone or tablet.
Racing UK is an independent subscription channel that ploughs all profits back into horseracing. It provides access to live HDTV coverage of every race in the UK. You can chose to watch on your TV, tablet or mobile. The feed is broadcast on Sky channel 342, YouView, BT TV, TalkTalk and PlusNet.
Currently the price is £24.98 a month but there are frequent promotional time limited offers such as a free month or access for just £1.00 for the first month.
At The Races is co-owned by Sky and Arena Racing, which owns 24 racecourses in the UK out of a total of 60. Along with Racing UK it is one of the main UK horseracing channels. To access it you will need to take out a Sky subscription if you don’t have one already. You can access the station via tablet and mobile.
Other sources of horse racing commentary
Racing FM – this is the only independent radio station devoted entirely to horse racing. It is available in all formats through WIFI radio, tablets, smartphones and desktops, and provides live commentaries for all race meetings in the UK and Ireland.