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Horse Racing has for a long time attracted many millions of racing fans to meetings at the world's most prestigious race tracks annually, and since the advent of television followed by satellite TV and more recently online streaming, the 'Sport of Kings' now truly boasts a global reach.

Meetings such as the Aintree Grand National, Cheltenham Festival, Royal Ascot, Glorious Goodwood, Breeders' Cup and Melbourne Cup are just a few of the most widely recognised, but there is year round action on offer on television and online and there has never been a better era to follow the exploits of your favourite jockey, trainer, or nag.

Top 10 LIVE STREAMED MEETINGS

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Breeders' CupWatch & Bet
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Glorious GoodwoodWatch & Bet
Galway RacesWatch & Bet

BROADCASTING LIVE

At The Races (ATR) is one of the most popular broadcasters on the market for horse racing enthusiasts as it is a dedicated horse racing channel that offers daily, live action from the UK and Ireland. The channel is beamed to over 12 million UK and Irish homes via digital satellite and cable television. 

ATR broadcasts from Bath, Brighton, Chelmsford, Chepstow, Doncaster, Fakenham, FFos Las, Fontwell, Hexham, Leicester, Lingfield, Newcastle, Newton Abbot, Plumpton, Ripon, Sedgefield, Southwell, Stratford, Taunton, Towcester, Uttoxeter, Windsor, Wolverhampton, Worcester and Yarmouth in the UK. 

They also boast coverage from all 26 Irish racecourses: Ballinrobe, Bellewstown, Clonmel, Cork, Curragh, Down Royal, Downpatrick, Dundalk, Fairyhouse, Galway, Gowran, Kilbeggan, Killarney, Laytown, Leopardstown, Limerick, Listowel, Naas, Navan, Punchestown, Roscommon, Sligo, Thurles, Tipperary, Tralee, Tramore and Wexford.

ATR is bundled with basic satellite or cable packages at no extra cost and the firm has pledged not to charge subscription for the TV service in order to make racing available to the widest possible audience.

The ATR Player is available on the At The Races website and allows punters to watch action live online from their favourite tracks for a monthly subscription fee.

Racing UK is another dedicated racing channel in Britain that boasts 34 racecourses as shareholders including Aintree, Ascot, Cheltenham and Newmarket. It focuses on horse racing from the UK, North America and France.

The channel is subscription based but broadcasts over 4,500 live races every year and also enable members from anywhere in the world to watch their streams on their desktop, tablet and mobile online. They also provide a seven-day catch-up service that enables fans to watch races they've missed when convenient.

Channel 4 is another major player on the racing scene in the UK and the major events covered by the company include the 1,000 Guineas and 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket, the Derby and Oaks from Epsom along with the St Leger at Doncaster, Royal Ascot and the Cheltenham Festival. 

Much of Channel 4's free to air coverage will switch to ITV from 2017, though, after they beat the current holders of the rights to a four year deal worth £30m. ITV will broadcast a minimum of 34 fixtures on their main channel and a further 60 on ITV4, in addition to related shows.

Horse racing fans can look forward to nearly 100 days of free to air racing each year for the duration of the agreement.

STREAMING LIVE

There are no shortage of options for live streaming horse racing coverage online with all the top bookmakers offering streams daily from meetings on their sportsbooks. Bet365, Paddy Power, Ladbrokes and William Hill are some of the major players in this field.

Bet365 members can watch all races shown live on At The Races and Racing UK on their PC, iPhone, iPad or Android device.

To watch, all members have to do is place a qualifying wager of at least £0.50 win or £0.25 each-way (or currency equivalent) on the race then click the Watch icon from either the bet slip, the racecard or from ‘Watch Your Live Races’. Members also have access to the firm's horse racing archive.

Paddy Power, Ladbrokes, and William's services, meanwhile, allow you to watch selected races which you have placed a bet on. The services are also provided through a partnership with At The Races and Racing UK.

Racebets is another high quality streaming provider and boasts live racing coverage from several nations, including the UK, Ireland, South Africa, France, Germany, Italy, Sweden, USA and Canada.

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