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Horse racing in Great Britain

Horse racing is one of the popular spectator sports in Great Britain. This is why horse racing betting has been the foundation of the country’s betting industry.

There are two main types of horse racing in Great Britain: the unhindered distance races, also known as flat racing, and the races over hurdles, also known as the National Hunt racing.

Some of the most distinguished jockeys were produced by Great Britain, including Sir Gordon Richards, who is considered the greatest jockey of all time.

Among the licensed racecourses in Great Britain are the Aintree Racecourse in Merseyside, the Bangor on Dee Racecourse in Wrexham, the Beverley Racecourse in the East Riding of Yorkshire, the Carlisle Racecourse in Cumbria, and the Cheltenham Racecourse in Gloucestershire.

There are three main operators of racecourses in Great Britain: Jockey Club Racecourses, which holds 14 courses, Northern Racing with 10 courses, and Arena Leisure with seven courses.

Online horse racing betting is offered by 888 Sport. For further information regarding online horse racing betting, visit our horse racing betting page

Previously, betting was taxed and the taxes were collected by the Horserace Betting Levy Board, which used the money for the development of horse racing.

On 6 October 2001, the tax on betting was eliminated by the Government. At present, the tax is not directly charged on the consumers, with the cost being taken up in the odds that bookmakers deal.