Can any other sports match horse racing in terms of filling a day with entertainment? Rather than watching a football match for a few hours and then heading to the pub, you get to enjoy a full fixture of races, can place wagers trackside, grab a meal, and of course, then head to the pub if you are not already cream-cracker’d.
Football is great, there is nothing like watching your favourite team whether it is Chelsea, Fulham, Brentford, or QPR. We just think horse racing deserves a mention for the enjoyment it brings.
As West Londoners, we are actually spoilt for choice with regards to horse racing tracks, as there are plenty not too far away. All will provide full days’ worth of entertainment, especially if you go on the big race days.
2021 might not be the best time to visit due to COVID-19 restrictions but once this virus has all but cleared up, we recommend you make it a priority to get yourself down to a few of the following racecourses:
- Kempton Park – Just down the road is the famous Kempton Park and here you can expect races all year round. Of course, the King George VI Chase is the biggest of these and takes place on Boxing Day every year.
- Epsom Downs Racecourse – Another impressive racecourse which offers a quality day out, we suggest attending when the Derby Stakes takes place.
- Sandown Park Racecourse – Hosting five Grade One National Hunt Races each year is the claim to fame of the Sandown Park Racecourse.
- Ascot Racecourse – Royal Ascot is an event everyone should experience at least once. However, this racecourse also offers tons of other high-profile races throughout the year.
- Royal Windsor Racecourse – The only racecourse accessible by boat in the UK, Royal Windsor offers up plenty for fans of horseracing.
- Cheltenham Racecourse – Admittedly, Cheltenham Racecourse is a little further afield but West Londoners love the Cheltenham Festival, so it just has to be included, but if the journey is too far afield, then you can always tune into a live stream site.
There are a few others not too far away too but the above are definitely top the lot. Most can be reached within an hour and hold the best and most iconic races. Just make sure you book in advance if going for the bigger events as tickets usually sell out fast. But once again, even if you miss out on tickets or do not want to travel, every track is available via a live stream for horse racing somewhere online.
Cheltenham Festival Live Streaming
Speaking of the Cheltenham Festival, we are not too far away from the next event, which starts on the 16th of March. The downside is that fans may not or cannot attend for obvious reasons. It will certainly seem strange watching this event with none of the atmospheres it is famous for. Still, that does not mean we cannot enjoy the occasion as we can catch most of it on TV or via a live stream.
Live streaming for horse racing is hugely popular. The tracks don’t have the same TV rights restrictions as other sports in the UK, so you can use live streams to tune into most British race tracks as well as those from around the globe. Thankfully, there are plenty of options to tune into a live stream for the Cheltenham Festival. For a list of live stream options, 101greatgoals.com Cheltenham Festival helps people like you to locate the best live streams for each of the scheduled races. You will see a full race schedule and times for each event day!
Any of those racecourses take your fancy?
Many people assume that horse racing is only fun on the big days out such as the Cheltenham Festival mentioned above. Actually, just a standard race day can provide plenty of enjoyment too. Just make a day of it, take in all the races, grab some food, and of course, mix in a few glasses of your favourite tipple, and you’re set for a fun-filled day.
We do suggest trying some of the bigger festivals though, especially if you are yet to try one. Get a group of you together and go enjoy some top-quality horseracing at one of the UK’s best racecourses.