Sports betting has always been one of the favorite ways that the locals of the United Kingdom gamble. In 2018, according to Beating Betting, about 97.4 percent of the people they surveyed wager on horse racing. This makes horse racing one of the most popular sports to wager in the country.
Horse racing has been called as the Sport of Kings for the longest time. It’s been popular for many centuries and based on how this industry is doing, it is still set to do great in the future. From having to watch horse races live to being able to listen to it on the radio and watch it on TV, horse racing has come a long way.
These days, punters can now watch live horse races in different ways. They can always go online for this and even go to sports betting places where they stream the races. It’s even easier to place bets on this too. You no longer have to ask a lot of people this question, “how do I calculate my lucky 15?“ This is because there are now sites for this too.
Mobile betting has also been a huge help to this industry as many punters are now more interested to wager on this because of in-play betting.
In-play betting is when punters get to place their bets as the race progresses. This is more thrilling to some as they can easily change their bets or place new ones if their initial bets are not doing good. The introduction of mobile in-play betting brought horse-racing to another level.
Big data has also been included to how technology helps this industry. With this, information like how much ground each horse has covered, the horses’ stride length and pattern, and the speed of the horses when clearing an obstacle can now be measured.
There are quite many horse races in the UK that the people follow. This includes the Grand National, Cheltenham Gold Cup, The Stayers’ Hurdle, BetFair Chase, Queen Mother Champion Chase, and the Bet Victor World Cup.
The overall annual revenue of the off-course horse racing betting in Great Britain last year has reached around 4.3 billion pounds. Now, people are wondering how horse racing will do in the UK after Brexit. Many are worried that the industry will significantly slide off because of the UK and Ireland’s partnership in operating the industry.
It is said that if Brexit ended with a hard no-deal, the Irish and British horse racing industry may shrink. The issue is that both countries seemingly operate as one in terms of horse racing. The UK depends on Ireland when it comes to supplying the racehorses. Therefore, they need the help of the Irish country to keep the industry alive.
For now, since the decision for Brexit is still pending and the issue is still on-going, the Irish and British horse racing industry is still moving upward. The people can only wait on how Brexit will turn out to predict the future of UK’s horse racing.
Currently, non-standard race times are already scheduled to be trialed in both Ireland and the UK. According to the British Horseracing Authority and Horse Racing Ireland, the trial will be held in February 2020.
The non-standard race time is specific to races that are not programmed on the 5-minute marks. The main objective of this trial is for the experts and analysts to see how the volume of racing in Britain and Ireland will do when it’s not the high times.
The trials will only happen when there are four or more happenings in both Britain and Ireland. There will be 11 days in the month of February when these trials will happen. This includes five Saturdays and six weekdays.
Some of the possible benefits of the non-standard race times include the improvement of the scheduling of race times, especially when the time slots are congested. This could help lessen the delayed races.
It can also reduce the number of the 35-minute intervals after and before a race. This means a better or even race distribution is more likely. It could also reduce the on-the-day hold requests. The broadcasters can also be able to draw up their running orders to the published off-times. This means that less delay requests would come in.
Near-clashes will also be avoided and the punters and the viewers will then be fully aware of the scheduled off-time. Overall, the horse racing experience can then be improved.