With horse racing on hold across most areas of the world, aside from the US, many of us are scratching around looking to fill the void. Conducting research, reading expert tips and laying bets is a ritual many horse racing fans adhere to religiously but what can you do to get your fix until your favourite pastime returns fully?
Luckily for you, we’re here to help and below you’ll find five great ways to keep yourself entertained until the horse racing calendar fully recommences:
While we’re hugely missing horse racing, so too are TV channels and they’re filling their schedules with repeats of some of the best and iconic races of all time.
Atheraces are running replays of classic events on a daily basis and, thanks to Youtube and other streaming platforms you can immerse yourself in a plethora of historic races, everything from Best Mate’s best performances to Tiger Roll’s stunning Grand National victories.
If you need an excuse to avoid putting up that shelf, look no further.
Of course, there are plenty of horse racing movies you may not have watched that will no doubt fill up a few hours with too.
Netflix, Amazon Prime and other streaming services have dozens of great horse racing films on offer, everything from Seabiscuit and 50-1 to Dreamer and Darkhorse.
You may need a subscription for Netflix and Amazon Prime but there are numerous free trials that you can take advantage of, particularly if you’re new to streaming films online.
Our days aren’t the same right now, especially for UK horse racing fans who can’t tune in to their favourite meet and back some runners, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Virtual horse racing has been around for a while but it has surged in popularity recently and you’ll find a huge range of virtual races to bet on each day at most UK bookmakers.
Virtual horse racing works just like traditional horse racing, the only difference is that races are virtual and simulated but you can still watch all the action unfold and the drama and intensity is almost comparable to the real thing.
There are alternative ways to get your horse racing fix which allows you to place bets just as you would if you were wagering on a normal race. Virtual horse racing betting allows you to wager on the outright virtual race winner, place an each way bet, or even put together a virtual horse racing accumulator.
Video games have proven the antidote for many suffering from sports withdrawal, and the same applies for horse racing fans keen to get their fix.
If you have an Xbox or PlayStation you can turn to titles like Champion Jockey that promises endless hours of fun.
Use your whip, jump fences and experience real life horse racing action, all from the comfort of your sofa.
Race on a total of 19 different tracks inspired by real world horse racing venues, including tracks focusing mainly on dirt tracks and steeplechases, and traditional turf courses.
You don’t need to be a serious horse racing fan to race in Champion Jockey either. A ‘Fun Race Mode’ tones down the simulation levels of authenticity to maximise the fun.