It is immensely popular and entertains millions across the globe but the sport of horse racing remains away from the limelight and under the radar in comparison with other more mainstream sports like football or NFL. Despite its popularity and worldwide appeal, the sport remains elusive to many due to its surprising technicalities past the obvious first past the line wins basis. The sport offers much more than that. We are going to have a look into the world of horse racing experts and provide some valuable insight into this sport for the beginner or casual fans.
Steeped in history this sport has ancient roots. First competed in Ancient Greece, horse racing has been around in human culture for hundreds of years. This primitive and basic aspect of horse racing is sometimes its biggest appeal yet its biggest hindrance. Many are put off by the fact it is simple yet this is a much more intricate sport than face value. In the days of the Mongol Derby, which dates back to 1200s, the rules and technicalities of horse racing would have been more basic but since the creation of horse racing associations in both the UK and the USA in the 1800s onwards, the sport has grown into a hugely successful and commercial sport. These regulations have decreased injuries and related deaths in the sport but it does remain a, controversially, very dangerous sport to both the horse and jockey competing. The regulations have also modernised and brought the sport into the current era of entertainment.
Despite now being a worldwide sport due to its accessibility, there are some similarities in the sport across the board. The first is the type of racing. Typically horse racing is split into two types of races: flat and jump racing. Flat racing provides a test of speed, whereas jump racing is more of a strength and endurance test for the competitors. Just like in other sports, some horses can only perform in a certain type of race and many prefer certain ground whether it be soft or hard. On top of this, different breeds of horse tend to perform better in different events and on different grounds. This diversity of horse racing and the intricacies of the competitors provides that in-depth nature to the game that many seem to skim over.
As intricate as horse racing can be, one of the biggest attractions for veterans and newbies to the sport alike is the intertwined relationships horse racing has with gambling. Sports betting is massive in the modern culture around the world and horse betting is one of the biggest markets that these bets are made and not just by horse racing experts, but by anyone wanting to get involved. People frequent the bookies in a bid to win profit on these highly unpredictable races. Provided you put in the time to research which horse selection you are after regarding form and other such factors, horse racing can be hugely popular when betting on it. Favourites are less likely to win than outsiders, special promotion bets are always available and horse racing is available daily around the globe. This sport is ideal to take a punt on and hopefully bash the bookies to make some sweet profit.
Whilst horse racing is much more intricate than what we have written here it would require a real long look into the sport to truly see the special nature of this sport. Instead, we have glossed over the most important bits of the sport to tease beginners into getting involved in the sport and to have a look into the world of horse racing.