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How to watch live streaming horse racing online

The 'Sport of Kings' as it came to be known has a long and storied history and racing enthusiasts around the world have never had more options on how to watch horse racing live online.

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About Horse Racing

The history of modern horse racing dates back to 17th century Britain and the reign of James I, who established a royal palace near the village of Newmarket and became a patron of the sport after members of the Royal Court helped to establish Newmarket as the home of organised horse racing. 
Frankie Dettori celebrates as he rides Golden Horn to win The Investec Derby at Epsom racecourse on June 06, 2015 in Epsom, England. (Photo by Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images)

Public races were soon held all over England and King Charles I and Charles II followed the lead of James by subsequently maintaining horse racing's royal patronage. Indeed, Charles II went a step further and competed in races himself, further cementing the royal connection with Newmarket.

As the popularity of horse racing grew, the breeding of racehorses too became all the rage thanks mainly to the import of Arabian stallions. Their breeding with British mares led to the forefathers of the Thoroughbred race horses we see gracing tracks throughout Britain and Ireland to this day.

Horse racing set a precedent in the 18th century as it became the first regulated sport in Britain following the formation of the Jockey Club. The late 18th century also saw the founding of the Classic races with the St Leger, the Oaks and the Derby all established between 1776 and 1780.

The 19th century brought further expansion, increased attendance at meeting and greater media coverage as the sport became a mainstay of British culture.

Such was it importance to the nation, for example, that it was one of the only sports to continue during both world wars, albeit on a much reduced scale. 

Horse racing benefited immensely from the introduction of television to British society in the 1950s and 60s as the sport reached an even greater audience, whilst the legalisation of betting away from the racecourse in 1961 precipitated even more interest.

In the modern era, the Cheltenham Festival is perhaps the most popular meeting on the racing calendar and boasts the honour of being Britain's biggest single revenue earning event, generating in excess of £50m for local hotels, shops, pubs and clubs.

The build up to Cheltenham, which is held annually in mid-March, dominates a large portion of the jumps season, with every high profile race run from the King George the VI Chase (in December) on seen as some form of Festival trial for the likes of the Champion Hurdle, World Hurdle, Queen Mother Champion Chase or Gold Cup 

Attendances over the course of the four day meeting are impressive to say the least, with over 200,000 making their way through the turnstiles. When that figure is combined with the number of horse racing enthusiasts watching on television, listening to the radio and following proceedings live online, interest in the meeting is easily in the millions.

By far the most popular single race, however, is the Aintree Grand National. Aintree Racecourse attracts over 150,000 racegoers across the three days of the Grand National Festival every April, while an estimated 600 million people tune in to see the most gruelling of National Hunt races live.

In terms of flat racing, the Epsom Derby is widely regarded at the greatest flat race in the world. The Group 1 race is open to three-year-old thoroughbred colts and fillies and run over a distance of one mile, four furlongs and 10 yards (2,423 metres).

It is Britain's richest horse race and the most prestigious of the five Classics, with the others being the 1,000 Guineas Stakes, 2,000 Guineas Stakes, Epsom Oaks and St. Leger Stakes. In 2015 the prize purse for the race was a mouth-watering £1,325,000.

Other major meetings around the world include the Breeders' Cup in the United States and Melbourne Cup meeting Down Under in Australia. 

The Breeders' Cup is a two day series of Grade 1 Thoroughbred races on the dirt track of Santa Anita Park. The Breeders' Cup Classic, Breeders' Cup Turf and Breeders' Cup Mile are three of the most popular races with prize money in the region of $5million, $3million and $2million respectively. 

The Melbourne Cup is famed as 'the race that stops the nation' and holds the title as the richest "two-mile" handicap in the world (A$6,200,000 in 2015). It's open to three year olds and over and is run over a distance of 3,200 metres on the first Tuesday of each November at Flemington Racecourse. 

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