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The digital age has opened up a whole new world of events that horse racing fans can follow, wherever they might be taking place in the world. Recently we discussed the Cheltenham Festival in the UK, and the fact that there are apps by which viewers all over the world could keep up with the action.
Here, we take a deeper look at how the smartphone apps that are so much a part of our lives can help us get even more fun and enjoyment out of horse racing, by examining five of the most popular racing apps in the app store.
1) At the Races
Developed by one of the best-known UK racing websites, At the Races was voted best app at the 2016 Broadcast Digital Awards. However, don’t assume that this is only about UK race meetings, it also has race cards for the USA, Hong Kong, France, South Africa and Dubai. Features include an extensive archive of video highlights, as well as dynamic features such as in-app betting.
There are plenty of apps dedicated specifically to sports betting, and if that’s what you are seeking, it is always worth checking with an expert comparison site like the Gambling App store, to get an unbiased picture of which is the best horse racing app for you. The 888sport app, though, is ever-present in their top five, thanks to its user-friendly interface and consistently generous promotions and bonuses.
3) Photo Finish
Prefer your virtual horse racing to be completely virtual? Photo Finish is one of the most addictive racing games out there, and is one of those new generation of mobile apps that is as in-depth and engaging as something you might play on PC or console. User reviews suggest this is one of those games that can keep you engrossed for months. Hire your jockey, train your horse and the sky’s the limit as you progress all the way to the Derby!
4) Horse Racing Now
This powerful app is like having your own personal live racing channel in the palm of your hand. The ethos is very much on fan participation and helping those who genuinely love racing to soak up as much of the atmosphere as possible. The app provides live streaming, or audio highlights as available, of races across the USA, and has race highlights going back the last two years. It also provides live information and gossip relating to the runners and riders in forthcoming race meetings.
TVG is a horse race betting app that is specifically aimed at the US market. It has details of forthcoming races from 150 tracks around the world, and provides live streaming where available. All the handicapping information is right there at your fingertips, and there is an in-app betting feature that allows you to place a wager in just two taps. With such a wide range of race meets and courses available, it is always race day somewhere!