How to watch horse racing events online for free
To enjoy horse racing live streams:
- Get ExpressVPN.
- Connect to a secure server location that matches your desired broadcaster. For example, British users who want to watch ITV should connect to a server in the UK.
- Check the broadcaster’s schedule for time and date.
- Tune in and enjoy the event!
Channels: ITV and ITV4
ITV has agreed to a new three year deal to show exclusive, free-to-air coverage of UK horse racing until the end of 2026. Over 100 days of live coverage will be shown across ITV1 and ITV4 each year – all simulcast on ITVX – along with the morning racing program The Opening Show. The deal encompasses UK racing’s Crown Jewel events with the Grand National, the Cheltenham Festival, Royal Ascot and the Derby all featuring.
Note: You may need to supply a valid UK postal code (e.g., WC1X 0AA).
Why do you need a VPN to watch horse racing events online?
A premium VPN like ExpressVPN is the perfect way to live stream horse racing events securely. Not only does ExpressVPN offer high-speed servers in 94 countries across the world, optimized for streaming and security, but with a VPN you can live stream every game across your devices and even on your smart TVs and gaming consoles. Securely live stream horse races with a VPN on up to eight simultaneous connections, allowing you to watch your favorite teams at home, on the go or even abroad.
Best VPN for watching horse racing events
ExpressVPN is the best VPN for safely and securely streaming horse racing events. With next-gen 10-Gbps servers in locations around the world, you’ll never miss a single minute of the action. ExpressVPN has easy-to-use apps for Windows, Mac, Android, and iOS, as well as platforms that other VPN companies may not support, like Linux, Android TV, Amazon Fire TV, and routers, plus browser extensions for Chrome, Firefox, and Edge. If you need help along the way, ExpressVPN offers 24/7 live chat support and a risk-free 30-day money-back guarantee!
- High-speed servers in 94 countries across the globe, all optimized for speed and security
- Up to 8 simultaneous connections (with a 6- or 12-month subscription)
- 5-star customer service with 24/7 live chat support
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Other ways to watch horse racing events in 2023
Price: 6 USD/month and up
Peacock has the biggest horse races, including the Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series and Royal Ascot. A free trial is available. You may need a valid U.S. credit/debit card to subscribe to Peacock TV. Check the official schedule to know when to tune in.
Note: You will need a valid U.S. credit/debit card to subscribe to Peacock TV.
NBC Sports is the exclusive home to the most important and prestigious events in horse racing, including the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes, the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, Royal Ascot, and Pegasus World Cup Championship Invitational Series. A variety of free trials are available through cord-cutting streaming services that carry NBC, including Fubo (75 USD/month), Sling TV Orange (40 USD/month and up), and YouTube TV (73 USD/month).
Note: You may need a U.S. billing address, postal code, and credit card to subscribe to Sling TV or DirecTV Stream.
Price: from £24/month
Channels: Sky Sports Racing
Sky Sports Racing has the rights to 25 UK racecourses including Ascot, Chester, and Doncaster. Internationally the channel has rights to racing from France, Hong Kong, the Melbourne Cup Carnival, US Triple Crown, and the Breeders’ Cup.
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Follow the latest horse racing updates on BBC
Looking for the latest news and expert analysis? The BBC is the premier destination for fans who want up-to-the-minute news and coverage.
Head to the BBC for the latest horse racing coverage from BBC Sport!
2023 horse racing schedule
|Golden Slipper||March 18, 2023||Sydney, Australia|
|Dubai World Cup||March 25, 2023||Dubai, UAE|
|Country Championships Final||April 1, 2023||Sydney, Australia|
|Grand National||April 13-15, 2023||Liverpool, UK|
|Nakayama Grand Jump||April 15, 2023||Funabashi, Japan|
|Kentucky Derby||May 6, 2023||Louisville, Kentucky, U.S.|
|Preakness Stakes||May 20, 2023||Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.|
|The Derby||June 2-3, 2023||Surrey, UK|
|Belmont Stakes||June 11, 2023||Elmont, New York, U.S.|
|Royal Ascot||June 20-24, 2023||Ascot, UK|
|Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe||September 30-October 1, 2023 (provisional)||Paris, France|
|British Champions Day||October 21, 2023||Ascot, UK|
|Caulfield Cup||October 21, 2023||Melbourne, Australia|
|Cox Plate||October 28, 2023 (possible move to Nov 25)||Melbourne, Australia|
|Breeders’ Cup||November 3-4, 2023||Arcadia, California|
|Melbourne Cup||November 7, 2023||Melbourne, Australia|
|Welsh Grand National||December 27, 2023||Chepstow, UK|
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How can I stream on my TV with a VPN?
In brief there are five different ways to stream sports on your TV with ExpressVPN:
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I connected to the suggested VPN server location but I can’t log in to the streaming service!
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I connected to the VPN but my internet speed is slow
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-Download the latest version of ExpressVPN
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