Best UK Bookmakers For Horse Racing

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Best UK Bookmakers For Horse Racing

If you bet on horse racing, whether it be a daily activity or a flutter on the Grand National each year, it’s likely that you dedicate some time to making your selections. Of course, you could use tipping sites to help you with this but you’ll want to back those tips up with some research of your own. As well as putting time into predicting which horse will win a race, you should also be sure that you’re placing your bets with the best bookmaker. 

The vast majority of online bookies accept bets on horse racing. However, there’s no one betting site that is best for every bet that you place and there are several factors to take into consideration to ensure that you’re getting maximum value from your bets.

Some of these factors include:


All bookmakers do not offer the same odds. Some may offer better odds in general but you should compare the odds for your selection between several bookies and consider placing your bet with the one offering the biggest price. After all, the bigger the odds, the greater your returns should your horse win. You may also find that a bookmaker is offering price boosts on certain selections that allow you to get greater odds than normal.


Racing Offers

Another major factor in deciding which betting site to place your bets with is the racing offers that are available. Some common offers for horse racing include:

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  • Best Odds Guaranteed
  • Extra Places
  • Money Back If 2nd/3rd/4th

Not all bookies have these promotions available and when they do, they’re often only available on selected meetings or races. However, they are worth taking advantage of and can increase your returns significantly over time.

Some of the best bookmakers for racing promotions include Betfred, SkyBet, Paddy Power, Boylesports, William Hill and Bet365.

Best Bookies For Racing

As there are dozens of betting sites to choose from with many of them offering competitive odds and a range of excellent racing offers, we have put together a list of the best bookies for racing based on all the factors mentioned above.


Bet365 are one of the UK’s biggest betting sites and are an excellent choice of bookie no matter what sport you’re betting on. They were founded over 20 years ago back in 2000 and since then have attracted over 50 million customers worldwide. They’re considered a reputable and trustworthy bookie that are a firm favourite with UK punters.

So, why are Bet365 a good choice for your horse racing bets?

Firstly, Bet365 offer extremely competitive odds. Head to any odds comparison site and you’ll often find Bet365 at the top of the list offering the best value.

Secondly, they have some of the best racing offers available which include Best Odds Guaranteed, Extra Places and they’re extremely popular ‘ITV Racing 4/1 Offer’.

With the 4/1 offer, if you back a winner at odds of 4/1 or greater on an ITV race, you’ll receive a risk-free bet to the value of your stake to use on the next race that is shown live on ITV. Customers can qualify for a risk-free bet of up to £50 on every eligible race and with often close to a dozen races being televised on ITV on each day of the weekend, there are several opportunities to receive some fairly large free bets.

Paddy Power

Paddy Power is Ireland’s largest bookmaker and a favourite of many horse racing punters.

Daily price boosts are available on selected races and customers can take advantage of several betting offers which include Extra Places and Best Odds Guaranteed on all UK & Irish races.

Money Back if 2nd is a very common offer at Paddy Power and a great reason to place your bets with them on races for which the offer is available on.

Paddy Power are also one of the few bookies that offer live streaming without the need to place a bet on the race. Great for monitoring the performances of horses that you’re tracking or simply just to enjoy the races.


Known as the ‘Bonus King’, Betfred have several racing offers available on a daily basis and offer some of the best odds generally.

As you would expect from a top racing bookie, Best Odds Guaranteed is available on every race taking place in the UK & Ireland. Money Back if 2nd is also available on a daily basis on selected races.

If you bet with Betfred, be sure to keep an eye on their promotions page as there are some great offers to take advantage of. 

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