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.
During the quieter weeks of the racing calendar, ITV will spread their coverage around and this often means calling in at some of the smaller tracks that we have in the UK. This could be a trip to Wolverhampton for their all-weather action, or a visit to North Yorkshire to take in the delights of Ripon and one of their many competitive flat handicaps. While the bigger races certainly draw the eye and capture the imagination of racing fans, ITV Racing does round off its coverage by showcasing some of the tracks that we don't see too often on our screens.
ITV Racing Betting Offers
Taking advantage of a horse racing betting offer when you are placing your bets on the ITV action will help you become a more profitable punter. There are a handful of offers that can really help you out so if you like to bet on horse racing on a regular basis then make sure you are using one of these offers.
One of the top offers surrounding ITV live racing at the moment is shown here with bet365 (18+, Ts & Cs Apply)
Big Horse Racing Fixtures on ITV
To see the kind of quality you can expect to watch on ITV racing, here are some of the big events the cover throughout the year:
- JAN - Cheltenham Trials Day
- MAR - Cheltenham Festival
- MAR - Doncaster The Lincoln Handicap
- APR - The Grand National
- APR - The Scottish Grand National
- MAY - 1000 & 2000 Guineas Weekend
- MAY - Chester May Festival
- MAY - York Dante Festival
- JUN - Epsom Oaks & Derby Meeting
- JUN - Royal Ascot
- JUL - Newmarket July Meeting
- JUL - Glorious Goodwood
- AUG - York Ebor Festival
- SEP - Doncaster St Leger Festival
- SEP - Newmarket Cambridgeshire Meeting
- OCT - Ascot Champions Day
- OCT - Doncaster Racing Post Trophy
- NOV - Doncaster November Handicap
- NOV - Cheltenham November Meeting
- NOV - Haydock Betfair Chase
- DEC - Newcastle Fighting Fifth
- DEC - Kempton King George
- DEC - Chepstow Welsh Grand National
The ITV7 Horse Racing Competition
The ITV7 competition is a great game that you can play along with at home for free. The idea is to pick a horse in every one of the ITV7 races, and you need to find as many winners as possible. There are two prizes up for graps here. The first is the main jackpot, which stands at £50,000, and the only way to win this is to find all seven winners in the competition.
The ITV7 competition is a great way to give yourself an interest in all of the races that are in this competition, if you are only placing a bet on a select few. The competition is something that the presenters on ITV talk about throughout their broadcast, updating the viewers on the standings and when it gets to the last couple of races they will let us know which horses have been selected by the remaining players.