Coral is a UK bookmaker who have developed an excellent mobile app for horse racing fans. It features one of the best race cards available for smartphones and their horse racing specials add extra value.
As the world of mobile apps continues to soar, it’s probably comes as little surprise to hear that many racecourses are jumping on to this new found faze in an attempt to entice punters through their gates. Race goers often want more than something that’s simply just going to list the number of races with the date and time. Generally people go to the races for a day out and they want to know things such as where to stay, things to do after the event , how to get there and also have the ability to book all this from the app.
There are still some tracks that don’t have an app to accompany their racecourse, but over the next couple of years we can see the list of apps below just continuing to grow as this form of booking becomes even more popular.
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Cheltenham is one of the largest racecourses in the UK and is home to one of the biggest meetings in the world, the Cheltenham Festival. The app is designed to offer a wide range of information on the course and includes a number of features such as maps, travel information, memberships, racing history, footage of previous race meetings, current offers, food and drink establishments and also places nearby where race goers can stay.
The design of the app is fantastic, with its easy layout and navigational buttons at the bottom of the app. Included on the app is Cheltenham Radio which provides live coverage of all races being held at the track. This is linked in with their ‘Footage’ area where you can watch replays of races within the last few months and also memorable races run from their achieve. The app also provides a results and news section where you can keep bang up to date with any offers, promotions and also racing news direct from the course.
Ascot is probably one of the highest profile racecourses in the world, mainly down to the fact that it includes Royal Ascot, one of very few attended on a yearly basis by members of the Royal Family. The app has a distinctly ‘upper-class’ feel to it with colours of gold and grey complimenting each other perfectly. The latest news from Ascot can be found throughout the app, but in all honesty, with the limited number of meetings at the track, this section can be a little thin.
The app includes areas such as racing, news and features, fixtures, social media interaction, food and drink along with a dedicated ticket service. The ticket service section is one that works really well and the ability to buy directly from the app adds depth. The inclusion of live race cards is also a massive positive with a detailed floor plan of each race along with a tipping section. Finally, you can also check out live information on course conditions along with a write-up on numerous top jockeys and trainers who have been successful at the track.
Chester is one of the more stunning racecourses in the UK and their affiliation with flat races between the summer months of May and September has made it one of the top days out for racing enthusiasts. The app doesn’t really have the shine that some of their larger competitors have, but nonetheless, it functions and works really well.
Some of the features from the app include a detailed overview of upcoming and future race days, food and drink information, current offers, events, maps on how to get to the course, travel details, racing history, films, photos and link to social media outlets. The overview of the racecourse is something that we particularly enjoyed when it notifies you of exactly where you are standing within the course and then the ability to nip and zoom out. There is also an option to allow push notifications within the app to keep you up to date with recent results and course information.
Doncaster racecourse is probably best known for being home of the St Leger Festival and it’s these sorts of races that have propelled it to become one of the larger UK racecourses. The app is really well set out and has a much more modern feel to it than many of its competitors.
The app is packed with features that will be essential to most race goers including fixtures, results, tickets, news, interactive social media outputs, current deals, food, drink, a full visitors guide and even a weather forecast. One of the most notable features from the app is that of their talking horse which gives you tips and advice on upcoming races. A bit gimmicky, maybe, but we thought it was a nice change of pace. One downside that we did notice is that you can’t actually buy tickets directly from the app, which was a little disappointing.
Epsom is home of The Derby, arguably one of the biggest races in the world. The racecourse is geared throughout the year towards this meeting, but in all honesty it functions really well even for other meetings that they have. They have decided to go with a relatively simple theme within their app, but it looks slick and functions really well.
The app is very much a focal point for anyone wanting to keep up to date with goings on at the course, whether that is for race purposes or to find out the latest information on music night and other events. The usual features such as weather reports, offers, racing history, events calendar, maps, food information and travel reports are all there. But Epsom have decided to go with a much more detailed Racecard than most apps which includes not only the runners and riders of each race, but also the ability to see live odds and then place a bet via the app.
Goodwood has been touted as one of, if not the, most beautiful racecourses within the British Isles. This is backed up by its feature festival of Glorious Goodwood which is actually much more than just a horse racing festival with music, food and entertainment being run over the five days. Those of you familiar with other racecourse apps will immediately be familiar with the layout of the Goodwood app with options such as offers, racing history, events, maps, travel and past footage from the course all available.
We particularly liked the inclusion of their interactive race map, which not only allows you to see which track a specific race will be following, but also the best vantage points from around the course. On top of this a detailed Racecard is on offer with the latest live odds, but unfortunately you can’t buy tickets for the course directly from the app.
Haydock is one of the UK’s busiest racecourses with events taking place 12 months of the year. They have set their app up to be more of information portal on a wide range of activities taking place at the course. The inclusion of more music and social events than your standard racecourse means that a diverse range of people will enter the racecourse not just for racing purposes.
The app includes a wide range of information such as maps of the park, videos, news, event information, race cards, results and also videos of previous races at the course. Whilst the app covers all you will need if you are going to the races if feels much more as though it’s more of a day planner with information on local hotels, food outlets and other optional events as well.
Newmarket is often referred to as the ‘Home of Racing’. Possibly a bit biased, but their racecourse is, without doubt, one of the most well-known around the world. Their app is one that would be worth for a lot of high profile race courses and in terms of aesthetics, at least, is superb. The looks aren’t all that’s making this a qualify racecourse app, as we will discuss in the next section.
As with many of these racecourse apps, the Newmarket app is much more than just a base of information for people either attending or in attendance at the course. It’s more of an event planner than anything else. You can check weather forecasts, offers, fixtures, get detailed maps of not only the course but the roads in, find out where to eat and drink whilst also finding out further details on current travel information. The app also includes a detailed Racecard of every race at the venue along with a really cool predictor section taking into account a host of variables from each horse before spitting out a top four placing in that race.
York racecourse is probably the North’s biggest racecourse and its main meetings comes in the way of the Ebor meeting of which attracts some of the biggest names in the world of racing. The app is designed to offer as much about York city and things to do in and around the city, as it is to providing information on the racecourse itself. Whilst other apps provide similar information on things to do outside of racing, few go into as much detail and provide as many alternatives as the York Racecourse app.
Back inside the ropes of racing, the app allows you to view upcoming fixtures, buy tickets direct, food and drink establishments, travel arrangements, footage from previous races/meetings and a handy ‘Ask Alison’ section that allows you to email the support staff (Alison) at York races should you have any issues. There is also a feedback section where you can enter any comments you have regarding your experience at the racecourse or even about the app, if you wish.
The Sandown Park app is a great way for punters to really plan their day ahead at the racecourse. Not only can you see when events are taking place, but you will also be pointed in the right direction as to where to stay, how to travel and things to do after your day at the races. Again, like many other racecourse apps, the Sandown Park app is as much an event’s organiser as it is a handy go-to app for the racecourse.
Interestingly, unlike many other racecourse apps, Sandown provide racecards for meetings throughout the UK and even around the world. Once more, each meeting will have a breakdown of races, along with live odds to accompany its race card, predictor and race information services. Again, their news feature isn’t just absorbed by news regarding Sandown, but more towards breaking news in the industry than anything else.
Hollywood Park is based out of California in the US and is one of the most iconic racecourses in the US. It’s a plethora for the rich and famous of California (and of course Hollywood) and it’s this sort of prestige that means they can pull in some high calibre races. Their app, which is powered by betting giants Betfair, is actually one of the best looking we have come across today with a colourful and modern feel to it.
The bulk of the app is dedicated to the racing side of the racecourse and includes information on meetings, weather, ground, horses and future festivals coming up. Having said that there is a dedicated section for things to see and do around California which is a good addition. Past footage of some of the larger races and even a timeline as to what’s coming up over the next twelve months can be synced up to your iPhone calendar.
The Churchill Downs racecourse is arguably the biggest in the US, mainly because of it hosting both the Kentucky Derby and the Kentucky Oaks. The app is generally quite a big bigger when compared to UK based racing apps with a lot more emphasis being based on the racing side of things, rather than the event planning side.
A good start is being able to buy tickets directly from the app with the calendar actually allowing you to sort your own personalised schedule of meetings you want to attend. The inclusion of their Live Toteboard allows you to get instant updates on not only the results of each race, but also how each race is shaping up. There is a ton of betting information there as well including betting calculators, information on how to make bets, betting terminology and the ability to place bets online or via their phone betting service. Finally the light-hearted addition of built in games to play is another great feature with each linking up to both Facebook and Twitter to share amongst your friends.
The Leicester racecourse app provides a free look as to what’s going on both on and off the race track. It’s important to understand that racecourses such as Leicester provide much more than just racing for the public. Obviously this racing comes first, but the app has been designed to not only let people know about future meetings, but also to show them where to stay within the city, things to do and information on events outside of racing at the racecourse.
The layout of the app is very much the same as the majority that are out there, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. But the design looks a little different with a change of icons looking almost translucent, which we like. The one thing lacking from the app is the amount of options in the footer of the app, making navigation somewhat tricky. That being said the inclusion of offers and the ability to enter a private owners section gives the app perks over a lot of its competitors.
Worcester racecourse has often been described as one of the best looking courses in the UK, and whilst it doesn’t get some of the bigger meetings, it’s both well-known and respected within the industry. To start with we want to point out how good this app looks. A lot of the apps are obviously built around the same platform with most racecourse apps, and this is fine because they serve a purpose. But the Worcester app have gone off completely in their own direction an produced something that looks totally unique to the competition and ultimately, something that looks absolutely stunning!
Away from aesthetics, the app also provides a purpose for race goers to Worcester. It includes fixtures, events, real time race cards, results, interactive maps of the race course and surrounding areas and a huge social media interaction with links to Facebook and Twitter feeds/pages. On top of this, you can also purchase your tickets directly from the app and use them as part of your interactive ticket when checking in for the day. An association with Ladbrokes means that live odds can be found and placed through app, albeit getting re-directed to the Ladbrokes betting app.
Although none of the major Irish racecourses like the Curragh, Leopardstown, Punchestown or Fairyhouse offer dedicated racing apps, Horse Racing Ireland have developed a website and an accompanying app called http://goracing.ie to fill the void. The app is a must for anyone with an interest in Irish racing or anyone planning to a attend an Irish race meeting. It provides a wide range of information on all 26 Irish racecourses, such as telephone numbers, e-mail addresses, directions and fixtures for the entire year.
The free app also offers racecards, results and news from every Irish racetrack, including Clonmel, Down Royal, Galway, Gowran Park, Kilbeggan, Killarney, Limerick, Listowel, Naas, Navan, Sligo, Thurles, Tipperary, Tramore, Wexford and more. The app is currently only available for the iPhone, although an Android version is expected in the future.