The bookmakers in which we will be looking at for this article will be bet365, William Hill and Coral.
We will kick things off with the William Hill app who have decided to go down the route of implementing the floating three tier layout. This means that you get a good chunk of the main, centre section but you can swipe between the left hand side menu which includes your sports and the right hand side menu which includes your bet slip. This allows for a good range of information to be subtly hidden, but always just one swipe away.
Bet365 on the other hand have gone with the majority of their information to be on show with a one column layout but also a sidebar which includes a list of sports. They’ve managed to include their betting slip in the top navigation bar along with account information and even links to other gambling outlets such as casino, poker and games. The design includes its usual green, yellow and grey colour scheme which has been updated recently and looking better than ever.
Coral defiantly have a much simpler looking app than the two above. They don’t include as many ‘fancy’ graphics which definitely takes a little bit of the shine away from it. Their home page allows you to simply find the sport you are looking for and cracking on; whilst at the bottom are a handful of featured markets that they are keen to promote. That being said, the simplicity of it makes it run and load much faster than the other two, which is a huge benefit in itself.
William Hill is proud to boast about the range of meetings in which they cover. Every single meeting in the UK is available directly from their app along with races in South Africa, America, Dubai, France, Hong Kong and Ireland. This links into their extensive Antepost section which, at the time of writing had over 20 events which will be staged over the next 12 months. Once more, each market had live odds and weren’t merely just options of taking the starting price.
Bet365 have made a reputation on their ability to keep producing seemingly endless markets for all its sports, of which horse racing is no different. Like William Hill, coverage is extensive to say the least with a huge range of meetings in the UK and Ireland covered along with an international field of races from Australia, America, Hong Kong, France and Dubai. In fact, as Australia is such a massive market for the company, there has been an added interest into the Australian scene for a number of years now and we would reckon that bet365 cover this market better than any we have come across. On top of that their Antepost section is bordering on the ridiculous with well over 50 races already covered at the time of writing.
Coral have been working hard on the range of markets the cover within their horse racing section over the last few years. One thing we will point out right away is that they aren’t even nearly as comprehensive as bet365 or William Hill. This isn’t a put-down on Coral, it’s just the other two are so far ahead of anyone in terms of depth that they can’t really be touched. What Coral do as well as anyone is cover the domestic meetings. Granted, most bookmakers do this these days, but with a good smattering of international markets such as Australia, Hong Kong and France thrown in for good measure, it provides a more than reasonable back-catalogue of racing opportunities.
The William Hill race card is probably the best feature within the app. Once inside you will be able to see the jockey riding the horse, silks, quick look form guide and odds. What we especially like is the fact that they have teamed with the Racing Post to provide a short editorial on how a certain race could potentially pan out. On top of that, the race card allows you to click on the name of the horse before being given a little more detail on that horse such as trainer information, age, weight and also a spotlight – again taken from the Racing Post – which gives you a paragraph or so of information on its previous could of outings and how it might fair in this race.
If you’ve ever used bet365, you will know that they love to provide as much information for their punters as possible in order to allow them to make the most informed decisions possible. Luckily for their mobile users, this has been added to their betting app.
The race card is unbelievably detailed! It starts with the usual information such as horses name, jockey, trainer, form, weight and age along with the current live odds and any fluctuation from previous odds. At the bottom of each card you quickly choose any forecast or Tricast bets you want to place whilst back in the menu for that race you can select the all markets or even Tote section. All markets includes bet types such as Enhanced win and cover bet, to win/to place, match betting and jollies and rags. The Tote tab means you can see markets such as ToteEachWay, ToteSwinger, ToteExacta and ToteTrifecta. After all that, the inclusion of both free live streaming and a hugely detailed overview, spotlight and last run section via the Racing Post just makes it the complete race card.
Coral have included much of same features as the previous two bookmakers. They have included information such as form, jockey, trainer, latest live odds, starting price if selected and also additional markets such as win only and betting without. They too have teamed up with the Racing Post to allow their punters access to information regarding that race and also a deeper insight as to how each horse may run. Integrated into the race card is their live streaming of which they offer for the majority of domestic races and a number of international races as well.
VERDICT: BEST OVERALL RACING APP
But for our money, we can’t help but look towards the bet365 app with its attention to detail and massive market coverage, this has to be our number one horse racing app. The app just feels like more of a racing utensil, than simply somewhere to place a bet. The inclusion of synopsis from the Racing Post isn’t something that’s unique, but what is unique is the depth that they go into. The inclusion of live streaming, competitive odds (which is often overlooked), an unrivaled array of markets, worldwide racing coverage and a fresh design are just some of the reasons why bet365 has come out as the best app to use for horse racing punters.