You’re probably familiar with At the Races, it’s the popular Sky Sports horse racing channel which covers a broad cross-section of the racing action taking place right across the UK.
The channel’s mobile app, available on both iOS and Android, is the firm’s primary mobile offering and aims to give you the opportunity to keep up to speed with the latest events while also offering the chance to back a winner right within the app itself.
The app is free to download, offers live streaming if you have an At the Races Player account, and also provides a wealth of in-app betting options like those on the William Hill app, Bet365.com app and Coral.
At The Races app review
The At the Races app is a slick offering, bedecked in the usual Sky Sports cladding – you’ll recognise the colour themes and buttons should you use any of the satellite firm’s apps – Sky Sports Football Score Centre anyone?
As with their other apps, this piece of software is a very logical and easy to navigate affair. Downloaded from the At the Races website or Apple App Store, you are greeted with a very quick tutorial before being thrust into the heart of the action.
Your options along the bottom include the ultra self-explanatory Racecards, Results, Tipsters and Watch.
The Tipster section is nice and handy, providing a wealth of advice in the form of concise blogs from the channel’s presenters including the likes of Barry Geraghty and Hugh Taylor.
Their offerings each day will include information on their best bets, as well as how many points they recommend and at what price.
The racecards are also easy to view and navigate – ideal when you’re restricted to playing around with a smaller screen.
Betting through the At the Races app is a solid offering, particularly due to the channel’s partnerships with leading bookies Bet 365, Ladbrokes, William Hill and Coral. We did find that the betting side of things isn’t as slick as a standard betting app where you can get most of the form and some write-ups from Timeform. Check out our guide to betting on Android here.
The idea here is that you can view the latest tips, place your bets and then watch the action, all without ever needing to leave the At the Races app.
To bet within the app you will need an account with one of the above bookies – all you then need to do is sign in and verify that the app can access your betting account.
Each of the bookies that you can use through the app offers new customer sign up deals, which could definitely come in handy as you get to grips with the app!
This is the At the Races app’s killer feature, allowing you to watch highlights and reruns of the latest action, right within the app itself.
Their extensive video archive is completely free to access and contains a wealth of action from Sky’s home of racing.
As with many apps today, your experience can be enhanced if you’re happy to put some money into it.
An At the Races Player subscription, which comes in at £9.99 per month, will allow you to live-stream the channel as if watching on your telly, all at the touch of a button and completely housed within the app itself. If you are a big fan of horse racing this is money well spent. We find the optimum way to watch streams is on an iPad or Android tablet with the larger screens offering a better viewing experience.
This makes the app an incredibly attractive one-stop shop for all your horse racing requirements.
There is an awful lot to love about the At the Races app – Sky Sports’ dedicated offering for horse racing enthusiasts.
Whether you’re a seasoned punter or someone who is entirely new to horse racing there is bound to be something here for you, with expert insight, live coverage and excellent opportunities to bet from right within the app.
The archive footage is second to none, with the opportunity to check out races quickly after they have happened, even without an At the Races Player account.
The app’s ties to bookies such as Bet 365 and Ladbrokes make it a truly outstanding offering for your betting needs and will ensure you can get the very best odds without ever having to leave the app.
This app, then, is a must to adorn any horse racing fan’s iPhone or Android device.