It is little wonder that the sport of kings is one of the most popular spectator sports in the United Kingdom. Horse racing combines the beauty of the British countryside with magnificent animals in competition against one and another and the excitement of having a wager by the trackside.
Racing experts, casual punters and even first timers have the luxury of finding a racecourse in many different parts of the UK. In fact there are 60 racecourses in total all of which offer free admission to children aged 16 or 17 years or under, and many offer concessions for students and pensioners.
The UK courses stage some of the most prestigious horse races in the world including The Derby at Epsom and the Grand National at Aintree in Liverpool. Meanwhile Ascot Racecourse in Berkshire welcomes a royal party every June led by Her Majesty The Queen, a keen racing enthusiast and horse owner.
Each racecourse though has its own unique atmosphere, so whether it is flat racing or jump races you enjoy there is something for everyone. The UK has 18 flat courses and 24 jumps courses as well as 18 that accommodate both types of racing. Four of the flat courses are all weather tracks meaning that even the great British weather cannot spoil a day’s racing.
As with any type of race, watching the speed of the competitors is a magnificent thing to watch but the sheer power of the horses is something else. Watching these beautiful animals race across the turf or negotiate the high fences is a thrill, but when you have money on the winner it is even better.
Placing a bet at the racecourse is easy as there are bookmakers located around the courses offering different prices on each horse. The hard part is deciding which horse to bet on and whether you should study the form guide, take a hunch on the horse’s name or make a choice based on the jockey’s colours.
A day at the races with the family or a group of friends can be one of the most exciting and rewarding experiences you can have. In most parts of the UK you are never that far away from a racecourse with races somewhere in the country almost every day of the year. From Perth in Scotland to Newton Abbott in the southwest of England, racing fans are truly spoilt for choice in the UK.