ITV Racing is the home of terrestrial horse racing coverage in the UK. We have two dedicated horse racing channels available with Sky Sports Racing and Racing TV, but it is ITV Racing that covers the big events, presents live racing every Saturday and heads to the big festival during midweek to bring us the action.
The partnership between ITV Racing and the sport is huge in terms of how racing will grow in the future, it is vital that this kind of coverage exists, both to give racing fans the chance to watch the big events for free, while also showcasing what is on offer to potential new fans who could stumble across the action one Saturday afternoon.
The racing on ITV is covered across two different TV channels. The big action is on ITV1, the main channel which provides great exposure for the sport while the remainder of the action throughout the year is covered on ITV4, which is still a free-to-air TV channel, accessible to everyone.
Since the demise of terrestrial racing coverage on the BBC and Channel 4, ITV has come into the sport and proved to be a real positive driving force. The coverage has the ability to put racing in front of many potential new fans every single week, with a huge reach when the coverage is on the main ITV1 channel.
How to Bet on ITV Racing
It is ITV1 or ITV4 where arguably the best racing action of the week is shown by ITV on a Saturday or during midweek at one of the many festivals that they cover. With this being the biggest and best action that we have, betting on the races they cover is especially popular. From singles on each race to multiple bets covering a number of the races they are showing live, people all approach this in a very different way.
The good news when it comes to the races shown on ITV is that because these are the main races of the week, betting is easy. All bookmakers will cover them in depth and this includes having betting odds available early for those who are trying to get the value before it goes. The big races on the calendar such as the Epsom Derby will have betting available months in advance of the race, but generally speaking, you should be able to see betting odds for most of the live ITV races on the Monday or Tuesday as the races take place on Saturday.
The races covered by ITV are diverse and most of their coverage is dependant on the time of year. For example, in March when the Cheltenham Festival takes place, their coverage is all about the jumps action, and before that they are on the countdown, showing all the key trial races so you have the chance to see potential Cheltenham winners in action. Through the summer their coverage centres around the five classics and Royal Ascot, again they will cover those in depth while also showing the key trial races in the build up to these events so you can get a glimpse of which horses may be good enough to take home one of the big prizes on offer.