Are you wondering which is the best betting app for horse racing?
Then read on to find our top 5!
Whilst the world of sports betting is growing and diversifying at a remarkable rate, there is little doubt that the most traditional exploit of betting on horse racing is still the most popular market around.
The question is, which of these are the best horse racing betting apps? Below is a list of our top 5, which offer customers the best odds, best horse, jockey and trainer information and the best offers and promotions.
Our 5 best horse racing betting apps
1 – Paddy Power
Long associated with horse racing, Paddy Power’s app was always going to feature in this list of horse racing betting apps. The major reasons why it comes in at number one on the list is that it is user-friendly, has a wealth of markets available from all over the world and regularly features interesting and unique offers and promotions. The Paddy Power also features in our best UK betting apps list. The app’s new customer offer is also generous in that it provides a £20 risk-free bet upon registration. Significant terms from Paddy Power relating to this offer are below
“Risk Free 20: New customers only, limited to one per person. If you’ve previously had a Paddy Power account, you will not qualify for the offer. Place your FIRST bet on any Sportsbook market and if it loses we will refund your stake in CASH. Max refund for this offer is €/£20. Only deposits made using Cards or Paypal will qualify for this promotion. T&Cs apply. Paddy’s Rewards Club: Get a €/£10 free bet when you place 5x bets of €/£10+. T&Cs apply.”
The look and feel of the app, as well as the layout, are all impressive, in our opinion. We could locate and navigate to individual races quickly, regardless of whether the race was a current one or one in the future. Placing bets was lightning quick as well, with a three tap process of ‘make a selection – enter stake – place bet’, perfect for those last minute picks. The Paddy Power app comes highly recommended from us for horse racing fans!
Head straight over to the racing tab and at the top, you’ll see the latest offers called “Power Prices”. This is a racing price boost that you can back for an enhanced price. When we were testing the app this was commonly a win double featuring 2 favourites. Make sure you check the form before backing though as the traders pick these for a reason and it’s not so they can give money away ;).
Racing Post Analysis
For each race, UK & Ireland, the app shows you a quick write up from the Racing post as an overview of what they think of the race. This usually includes horses they think will compete and ones they think won’t feature.
Again provided by the Racing post you get all the following information on each race and each horse –
- Form – Last 6 races
- OR – Official rating of the horse
- Last 6 races – Date, Race, position and official rating
This can be found via a tab at the top of the racing home page and has more Power Prices and the popular #WhatOddsPaddy section covering daily race specials and antepost offers. In the build-up to big events like the Cheltenham Festival and the Grand National, you’ll find loads of bets priced up early here. You can also tweet @AskPaddyPower to get your own selections priced up.
2 – William Hill App
William Hill is another traditional and well-known bookmaker whose app deservedly takes its place in our list of the top 5 horse racing betting apps. As with the above apps, this one is featured due to the variety of markets available, user-friendly nature and the inclusion of features such as live streaming. There are usually plenty of odds boosts and place enhancements to take advantage of so we find ourselves checking in on the William Hill app most days.
We also like the fact that the William Hill app features a ‘top bets’ section that allows you to view what other people are betting on. We found this a good place to identify strong picks that we may have ordinarily missed. Check in to the William Hill app now to find out what offers they have available for the upcoming horse racing action.
New William Hill online customers only. Min. unit stake of £10/€10 at odds of 1/2 or greater. Only the “win” part from EW bets will count. Free bet terms, payment method & country restrictions apply. The Free bets credited as 3 x £10/€10. Free bet stakes are not returned as part of the settlement of successful free bets. All Free Bets must be wagered within 30 days.
3 – Ladbrokes App
As one of the UK’s longest established and most trusted bookmakers, there is little surprise that the app offered by Ladbrokes comes in the top 5. This is in ranked in our best horse racing betting apps list because we find the app to be user-friendly, easy to navigate and offers markets for races across the UK, Ireland, South Africa, USA and Dubai.
It couldn’t be easy to place singles, doubles, accumulators and any number of other types of bet through the Ladbrokes app. What’s more, there is a live streaming option available as well as a generous new customer offer. The offer is that new customers can benefit from £20 in free bets when they sign up and bet £5. (significant terms below)
18+ New UK+IRE customers. Paypal and certain deposit types and bet types excluded. Min £5 bet within 14 days of account reg at min odds 1/2 = 4 x £5 free bets. Free bets valid for 4 days on sports, stake not returned, restrictions apply. T&Cs apply.
4 – Betfred App
The Betfred app deservedly takes its place in our list of the best horse racing betting apps. This is thanks to the rapid and great strides which it has recently made. The app is easy to use and offers a plentiful supply of markets to bet on. Some of which include specials and enhanced accumulators that other sites simply do not feature. Betfred has tote pools available and has partnered up with the racing post to provide trusted form guides and race verdicts.
Live streaming sections of the app have also improved greatly and have an impressive number of races shown daily, whilst the addition of the Best Price Guarantee is another factor which elevates this app.
New UK & NI customers only. 18+. Sign up using promo code ‘SPORTS60’. Deposit & place first sports bet at a minimum of £10 in one bet transaction at evens (2.0) +. £30 paid in free bets within 48 hours of bet settlement, expires 7-days after issue. E-Wallet & Prepaid Card restrictions apply. Your first bet must be settled within 60 days of bet placement. SMS validation may be required. Game restrictions apply. Maximum 30 Free Spins on selected games. Free Spins expire after 7 days. Full T&Cs apply.
5 – Betvictor App
The final app to feature in the top five horse racing apps is that supplied by Betvictor. This app is attractively designed, easy to use and supplies a wide range of races from around the world to bet on.
Moreover, the BetVictor app is well respected within the industry for their standard price offerings across their array of horse racing markets. We find them to offer good value most of the time and have a very clear and minimalistic interface that makes the information very easy to consume.
Horse racing betting guide.
How do I bet on horse racing?
The first step is to find an online bookmaker that is offering the bet (or types of bet) you are looking to place. If you are not sure, check out our list above.
You will then need to register for an account with the chosen bookmaker in order to place bets. This takes a couple of minutes to complete and involves filling out an online form with details such as name, address etc.
Once you are registered you will then be required to deposit money into your betting account. This money will act as funds for betting, which you can withdraw at any time back to your bank.
Most bookmakers will offer you the chance to deposit as part of the registration process. However, if you initially decline, you can always deposit at a later date by logging in and heading to the ‘my account’ section from within the app.
With funds added you are now free to gamble as you wish on all of the services available to that bookmaker. You are not restricted to just horse racing. Most bookmakers offer bets across all popular sports and some obscure ones too.
However, if you are specifically looking to place a bet on the racing action all you need to do is navigate to the horse racing section. Pick a race, make a selection, enter your stake amount and you will then be prompted to place the bet. Tap on the place bet button and the bet will then be placed.
How do I pick which horse to bet on?
This is entirely up to the individual. However, knowledge tends to be key to the success of those who make a living from betting on the horses.
There are lots of factors to consider when it comes to horse racing betting. Examples of which are;
- Age of the horse
- Track surface
- Race distance
- Trainer reputation
- Weather conditions
- Track conditions
- Rest periods
- Stable news
- Horse temperament before the race
- Etc. Etc.
With so many factors, many strategies have formed that have become the habit to the hardened horse racing punter. I personally tend to add a lot of weight on racing experience and wins in past performances. This is certainly a good place to start in my opinion.
From there, find your own strategy. This can only really be done by plunging in at the deep end and building up your own horse racing betting experience.
Rely on Tipsters?
You can always leave it up to others to do the research for you. There are plenty of so-called ‘tipsters’ our there offering subscription services for supposed ‘red hot tips’. However, not all these services are trusted.
Therefore I prefer to adopt my own strategy rather than putting my money on other people’s. That said, if time is a precious commodity and there just isn’t enough of it to put in the required research, this is a viable option. Provided you can find a trusted tipster.
There are websites out there that offer tips for free so that you can get a taste of the quality on offer. One such site is Betshare. At Betshare a number of tipsters battle it out in a league table, earning points for every tip that ends up a winner. You can view which tipster is in form and follow some free selections before committing to any subscription.
Shot in the dark
There is, of course, the dartboard method to always fall back on. Whereby you close your eyes wave a finger and randomly select a horse. It can pay dividends to those who seem to have been born with Lady Luck on their side. However, this strategy isn’t recommended by us as a long term one.
How do I see which horses are running?
Bookmakers will offer race card style views on all horses eligible to start a particular race. You can use these solely to determine race starters, but we would also recommend checking out independent sources.
Some of the most popular sources are listed below.
These sources will provide a lot more information on the races than even the best horse racing betting apps. If you have the time, it is worthwhile checking out sites like these.
What is an each way bet?
Each way bets are very popular in horse racing and offer a little safety net on your choice. In an each way bet you are betting on your selection to win and also to place. The place bet has reduced odds. This is typically 1/4 or 1/5 of the standard price but is determined by the number of overall horses in the race
Place positions are determined and displayed within each race card. As is the reduced odds amount on the place position. So if your horse doesn’t win, but falls within a placed position, the bet will still see a return.
You are effectively placing two bets in one and as such the stake amount is double. For example, a £10 each way bet will require £20 of funds to be staked.
- £10 on the horse to win at 4/1
- £10 on the horse to place (1/4 odds)
In this example, if the horse doesn’t win but places, the £10 to win bet will lose and the £10 to place bet wins. Therefore the winning bet will actually be £10 on a winning selection at 1/1 (1/4 odds of 4/1). £10 profit will be returned along with the £10 stake back, making a total return of £20.
Can I bet on a horse to place?
Yes, you can. The best horse racing betting apps will allow you to make a ‘to place selection’ rather than forcing you to bundle this up with the ‘to win’ pick to make up an each way selection.
Therefore, if you have no confidence of a horse actually winning, but see value in the odds of the horse placing – the ‘to place’ bet would be a better option than each way bet. However, if the horse does go on to win, you will still only get paid out at the placed odds taken ie. much less than the ‘to win’ price.
What horse racing markets are available?
The short answer here is lots. Some bookmakers will even allow you to ring in your own personal requests. My personal favourites are
- To win
- Each way
- Not to win
- Betting without favourite
- To place
- Not to place
- To win by a certain margin
However, if you are a beginner, I would suggest starting off with simple singles on the to win and each way markets. From there you can experiment into the more exotic markets as well as partake in bets including multiple selections, such as the Trixie or lucky 15 bet.
How much should I bet on horse racing?
This is down to the individual and how confident you are in the selections you are making. It also depends on how well you are doing. However, most importantly it depends on how much you are willing to lose.
You should only ever bet what you can afford to lose. Losses shouldn’t be chased outside of budgets and gambling should always be an enjoyable experience. If it isn’t, I would suggest gambling isn’t a decent fit in your life right now and to maybe stay away.
Can I bet after the race has started?
Yes, you can, but not much long after. The best advice here is to check the small print in the terms and conditions to determine how much time you actually have after the race starts.
The general rule of thumb is that bets are taken 20 seconds after a flat race has started and any bet taken after 45 seconds of a National Hunt race will be deemed as void.
The strategy of leaving your bet this late can pay dividends and give you a slight edge once the formation of the horses in the race have been forged. However, it can lead to frustration if your betting app has a sudden freeze or if you temporarily lose the data network signal.
If you were to adopt this technique, we would recommend doing so when connected to Wi-Fi. At the very least 4G, to save any potential red faces.
Should I bet on the race favourite?
This depends on the race in question. It certainly isn’t a bad strategy for those who have little time to burn. However, race favourites do not always ring true. If they did, this racing betting lark would be a piece of cake!
More importantly in my opinion, is understanding why a particular horse is favourite. This can then identify possible weaknesses in the favourite. It can also highlight other horses as possibly being in with a chance, offering better value odds.
What is Ante post betting?
This is the art of betting on horse races in the future. All the best horse racing betting apps allow you to do this. This is particularly prevalent in the big festivals and races of the year, such as Cheltenham or the Grand National. Odds can offer much better value months before the actual race when uncertainty still hovers over the actual runners.
So if you have done your research early doors and are confident in;
a) The horse actually taking part in the race
b) The horse having the credentials to be in with a chance of a win
Then a cheeky ante-post will be well worth looking at.
Two features to keep your eye out on when placing ante-post bets are Non-Runner No Bet (NRNB) and Best Odds Guaranteed (BOG). These two features provide vital insurances, especially in ante-post betting.
NRNB – ensures that you receive your stake amount back if your selection doesn’t end up racing.
BOG – means that if the starting price is bigger than the price you took, you will still be paid out at the largest odds, should the selection win.