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The Thrill of Virtual Horse Racing


Watch this virtual Horse Racing Demo which shows just how realistic virual racing has become

Virtual Horse Racing is an exciting way to experience the thrill of a race.  From stuyding the form, to watching the race with a jockey cam, you can enjoy virtual racing now in ways that could only be imagined a few years ago.

Virtual horse racing is one of the most popular virtual sports markets in the UK in retail bookmakers, online and on mobile.  Industry estimates suggest that c. 25% of horse racing bets are placed on virtual races at top bookmakers.  As a result, games development firms like Inspired Gaming have invested heavily in fully regulated horse racing games that they then sell on to the top bookmakers that allow punters to bet on races and enjoy the thrill of researching form, placing a bet and watching the action unfold.

Virtual Horse Racing Technology

When we first started covering virtual horse racing graphics were basic at best. Today, it is sometimes difficult to distinguish the graphics from real horse races!    Providers of virtual horse racing games have created their own tracks for bookmakers and they allow you to view the action just like you would on TV including jockey cams so that you can see how your runner is doing relative to the competition.

Virtual Racing Game Types

Bookmakers license virtual racing games from two key providers – Betradar and Inspired Gaming who each have products that cover flat racing, sprints, National Hunt and the Grand National. 

  • Sprints Races are available with 8, 10 or 12 runners and can run during the day or night.   Events are scheduled frequently with Races lasting 20 seconds

  • Flats Virtual Horse Racing games are filmed on a UK race course and feature state-of-the-art virtual horse models and animations.  You can choose different camera angles including overhead, close up shots and drone tracking shots.

  • Jumps VR racing games allow you to experience virtual National Hunt – you can use a ‘Jockey Cam’ to see the race from the Jockey’s point of view which provides a whole new immersive element to the Virtual Horse Racing experience

  • The Virtual Grand National game allows you to experience the world’s most exciting and iconic steeplechase, condensed into 3.5 minutes of action.  The Virtual Grand National is an officially licensed by the Jockey Club and features a stunning, fully accurate recreation of Aintree. Key Features: Ultra-realistic racing with falling horses, unseated riders and collapsing fences.  Single race event featuring the full field of 40 Grand National runners and riders at the start line. Players can place bets on individual horses as well as specials such as Grouped Runners, providing multiple chances to win for a single bet



Virtual Horse Racing Cards

When you bet on a virtual horse race you can study each runner’s historic form.  In contrast to normal horse racing betting you will be presented with fixed odds and there will never be a non-runner.  You will also be able to inspect the horses prior to the off.


Why Bet on Virtual Horses?

Virtual horse racing is hugely popular as you can bet on demand when you want. You’ll never have a non-runner, cancellation due to bad weather or official reviews of results in virtual racing.  Betting is fast and allows you to win (or lose) in minutes.  

Betting is easy – you login, pick the race you want to watch, choose whether you want to place a win, each-way bet and then get your result in minutes.

How do you know that Virtual Racing is fair?

All virtual games providers on UK bookmaker sites are licensed by the UK Gambling Commission. They must demonstrate that the results of the races are determined by algorithms that select winners based on a true Random Number Generator.  That means bookmakers cannot tweak the odds and the return to player percentages on virtual racing are disclosed (you’ll find RTPs are around 96-97% on virtuals).


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