2016: A Golden Era For Horse Racing

We wouldn’t be human if we didn’t yearn for the good old days, mourning the passing of time and the people we have loved and lost along the way. With this in mind, it often seems as though everything has experienced a ‘golden age’, with the only misfortune being that few people recognised it at the time.

Sport is no exception, as you often hear fans harking back to their team’s glorious peaks in football, boxing, tennis and snooker (to name but a few British games). Of course, English horse racing is no different…

For all the glory days and stars gone by, it’s becoming clear that with every horse race, we are in the midst of a UK horse racing renaissance, perhaps entering a new golden era. As today’s horse tips will tell you, the Brits are on top form and have been going from strength to strength.

Horse racing is possibly one of the oldest sports in the UK, with recorded races dating back to around the 12th century. Horse racing as a spectator sport began under the reign of Charles II and became a professional sport in the early years of the 18th century, when Queen Anne opened several racecourses, including Ascot.

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In the last 100 years alone, we have witnessed the first use of the photo finish in 1947, followed swiftly by the introduction of televised broadcasts in the 1950’s and 60.s Furthermore, in 1961, betting shops away from the racecourse were legalised; with more than 10,000 opening up across the country in the first six months, all proclaiming to offer the best odds on today's horse tips.

If we go back to our first ‘glory days’ it would be those in the years of 1973-1977 when perhaps the most famous racehorse of all time made history by winning the Grand National three times in five years. Red Rum won in 1973, 1974 and 1977 and came second in 1975 and 1976.

The dawn of the millennium saw the UK catapult into the digital world of horse racing with today's horse tips ruling the internet as the first online betting shops opened. For the first time, punters were able to gamble on horse racing from the comfort of their own homes.

As we whirlwind through 2016, it is worth noting that for all its retro nostalgia, horse racing is the second most-watched televised sport in the UK after football. Despite being revered as a professional sport in the UK for more than three centuries, it would seem that the popularity of horse racing is now as strong as ever - have a look through our site for today’s horse racing tips.