There is no doubt that along with football, horseracing is without doubt one of the biggest and most popular forms of betting on the SkyBet site. What is it about the Sport of Kings that makes it so popular with so many customers of SkyBet?
Of course, horseracing is a hugely popular past time in the UK and it remains one of the foremost methods by which people enjoy a flutter. However, there are certain features of the SkyBet site that mean betting with them is a real bonus for horseracing fans and which keeps them logging in and placing their bets day in, day out.
In this article, we are going to look at eight of the key features that certainly help attract horseracing punters to the site and which all enhance their enjoyment of this hugely popular form of betting.
Let’s begin by looking at one deal that is available on every race in the United Kingdom and Ireland throughout the year, SkyBet’s Best Odds Guaranteed offer.
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Best Odds Guaranteed on every UK and Irish Horse race
What is a Best Odds Guaranteed Offer? Well quite simply, this offer means that from the moment you place your bet, until the moment the race gets underway and each horse has its final starting price decided, you can relax knowing that whatever happens to the price in between you placing a bet and the race starting, you will get the best price.
So if for example you back a horse a few hours before the race at 4/1 and by race time, your horse has seen its odds cut to 3/1, then if your selection wins, you will be paid out at the higher price of 4/1.
However, if you back a horse at 4/1 before the race starts and when the race gets under way, your horse has drifted in the market out to 5/1, then if your horse wins the race, you will be paid out at the 5/1 price.
You don’t have to do anything to claim this offer, simply place your bet and the SkyBet site will ensure that when it comes to paying you out for a winning selection, you’ll receive your return at the greater odds.
Money Back If Your Horse Finishes 2nd or 3rd Offers
One of the most common ‘insurance’ types of offer that appeals to horseracing fans on SkyBet is the fact that the company will offer punters the chance to earn their stake money back as a free bet if their selection finishes second or sometimes third in a stated race.
This offer isn’t available across all races, however it is regularly available and when it is, the races on which the offer is applicable will be listed on that particular day, so punters can identify which of the days races the offer will pertain to.
Price Boosts On selected runners daily
One of the most widespread offer that is available across many different races each day is SkyBet’s famous Price Boost promotion. In this promotion, SkyBet’s team will select a number of different runners from races scheduled that day and will make them a more attractive proposition for punters to back by boosting the odds on that selection.
The effect of this generally means that if you want to back that particular horse, then you will likely find the best market price, or at least equal to the best market price, for that selection on SkyBet.
Sky use the Price Boost promotion across a wide range of different sports every day and there are over 250 Price Boost markets available each week, with a significant number of those being available via betting on the horses.
Alex Hammond tip of the day
Alex Hammond is Sky Sports and SkyBet’s resident betting expert and pundit and she not only presents Sky Sports News, but also offers her insights into what is the best horse to back each day thanks to her Tip of the Day blog (which is also incidentally broadcast each day on Sky Sports News).
Hammond is wife of jockey Richard Quinn and spent many years working in the horseracing industry before starting work as a broadcaster and she has extensive experience working on horseracing both for Sky TV and also for At The Races.
SkyBet Bet & Watch Service
If you access SkyBet from a computer or a mobile device and you place a bet on any race in the UK and Ireland that is greater than £1, then you can now watch the race in full thanks to SkyBet’s excellent new Bet & Watch service.
This service live streams the race (with a very slight delay to the action) to your chosen device provided that you have placed a bet worth £1 or more on the race in question. The stream to the race will go live just a few minutes before the race is set to start and when it does an icon will appear on the race screen for you to click on and start streaming.
Racing Rebate offer in conjunction with Sky Casino
If you are a member of Sky Casino (and your Sky account gives you free access to this other Sky gambling site) then if you opt in to their Racing Rebate promotion, then you could earn yourself some free cash to bet with on the site.
All you need to do to qualify is opt in to the promotion on Sky Casino and then on a Saturday make at least £25 worth of bets on the horses. If you make a loss of £25 or more on the days racing, then Sky Casino will give you back 20% of your losses direct into your Sky Casino account.
You can then use this rebate to try out a number of different games at the Sky Casino site and maybe even start to recoup those losses.
Improved form and stats for each horse
Towards the tail end of 2006, BSkyB bought out 365 Media, who owned a number of different sites including the Sporting Life horse racing website. SkyBet has since developed very close ties with the Sporting Life site to the point where SkyBet can use the detailed information on each of the horses that Sporting Life holds, on the SkyBet website.
The upshot of this is that when it comes to finding out the latest statistics, performances and form of any horse running in any race on SkyBet, you can be sure that the information that you can access direct from the SkyBet site is the best you can find in the industry.
Wide range of specials offering punters a chance for different types of bet
Lastly, SkyBet offer an extensive betting service for horseracing fans every day, but alongside the traditional forms of betting, the site also offers a number of specialist bets which punters can back if they would like to do so.
For example, there may be a list of specialist bets for certain big horse racing meetings (such as the Cheltenham Festival, Royal Ascot or the Grand National meeting at Aintree) or there may be special bets based on a particular horse, jockey or trainer.
SkyBet also allows customers to Request A Bet, where they can ask SkyBet to give them a price on a market that is not on the site and SkyBet will investigate the bet and if possible, come up with a price for the bet for the punter. Popular Request A Bet results will often be added to the specials menu.
As you can see, SkyBet offers a wide and extensive range of features that makes it one of the best horseracing betting sites available in the UK today. Why not join today and have a flutter to see why so many punters are using SkyBet as their first choice for horseracing betting.