Our top five horse racing apps: bookie-by-bookie breakdown
1. Paddy Power Sports Betting
The people have spoken in favour of Paddy’s app in their droves and they’re not wrong. It’s a brilliant horse racing betting app for numerous reasons. First and foremost is the ability to live-stream all UK and Irish racing for free – you don’t even have to place a bet to watch.
The stream is crystal clear and, especially when you turn your phone into the landscape position, may even exceed the clarity of picture that you get when watching via Paddy Power’s desktop site.
Navigating to the races or markets you’re after is a breeze and there’s plenty of tipping content accessible in-app if you’re after advice, while special offers are particularly well signposted. No horse racing bettor wants to miss out on those.
App Store rating 4.7 from 112k ratings
Play Store rating 4.5 from 15,179 ratings
2. Betway Sports
Betway’s “Sports” offering is another really strong all-round horse racing betting app with live streaming of UK, Irish and some international racing either free or available to any punter with a positive balance or an open bet.
This app is particularly great for those who love racing promotions, daily specials and odds boosts with #betyourway specials and daily daily boosts sections displayed front and centre alongside the meetings so you don’t miss out on any of the enhancements.
App Store rating 4.7 from 20.5k ratings
Play Store rating 4.1 from 3,379 ratings
3. BetVictor Sports
The BetVictor Sports app is another rock-solid option for punters. Live streaming of UK and Irish races is available for anyone with a positive balance or who has placed a bet in the previous 24 hours, with no bet on the race necessary.
Both two-factor login and touch login (if your phone supports it) are available, making this app particularly strong from an account security perspective.
For punters who have a horse in mind, navigation to the specific race is straightforward. However, the excellent BetFinder feature is this app’s USP for horse racing betting.
It allows you to sort horses running on any day by numerous different metrics, including previous course winners, yards in form, Timeform rating and lots more.
App Store rating 4.6 from 22.9k ratings
Play Store rating 4.1 from 2,306 ratings
4. bet365 Sports
It was with utter shock that we found that this app from the world’s most popular sports betting site wasn’t a shoo-in for the top five on App Store/Play Store ratings alone. Luckily Telegraph Betting is on hand to ensure you don’t miss out on a great horse racing betting app.
You can live-stream UK, Irish, French, Australian, US and South American racing as long as you have bet 50p or 25p each-way on the outcome and the quality of the stream is high calibre. There’s no slimming down of the world-beating amount of race markets on offer either, but the app still loads promptly.
Our favourite handy feature is the Alerts service. Use it to be notified when the horses in your race are going down, when the race starts, if there are any non-runners or get sent the result if you can’t catch the action live.
App Store rating 3.2 from 4.9k ratings
Play Store rating 3.7 from 3,805 ratings
5. Betfair Exchange
If you’re into laying as well as backing horses download this app, which does a remarkable job of presenting all the information you need without overcrowding your screen.
All the features of the Betfair Exchange on desktop are there, including live streaming, and you can also access the Betfair Sportsbook and the Betfair Casino from within the same app.
App Store rating 4.7 from 17.1k ratings
Play Store rating 4.2 from 2,259 ratings
Other standout horse racing betting apps
A tailor-made horse racing betting app for players of the Tote’s multi-leg Placepot, Quadpot and Jackpot pool bets. If that’s you, this app is infinitely better than hunting around to find the Tote tab on another bookmaker’s app.
App Store rating 3.9 from 17 ratings
Play Store rating 1.9 from 25 ratings
Bravo to Irish bookmaker BoyleSports, who have a horse racing betting app that outshines its desktop counterpart. The mobile app beats its forebear hands down for ease of use and navigation.
Their Combined Odds feature is a lovely option. It allows you to pick up to three horses to run for you in a race, then gives you odds for any of the trio to win.
App Store rating 4.1 from 286 ratings
Play Store rating 2.8 from 906 ratings