Social media has given rise to a whole range of forums, pages and groups. Here we want to share with you our best horseracing betting forums and FB groups so you can go and find information and interact with like-minded fans of horse racing and betting.
Not all of these groups add value, so when you are looking for a horse racing group on Facebook or a forum that focuses on horse racing betting strategies, it is wise to do some research first.
Thankfully we have already done most of the hard work for you.
Please note, these are only suggestions and it is up to you to do your own due diligence when it comes to choosing your favourite horse racing social media channels to follow.
Our lists contain a mix of general horseracing, betting and trading strategy groups, so there should be something here for every racing fan.
TOP 5 – BEST HORSERACING BETTING FORUMS
Whether it be betting strategy, horse racing trading, which bookie is giving the best odds, or even groups that post pictures and images of all your favourite equine heroes, you’ll find something here for you.
We have pulled together a very varied range of horse racing forums and Facebook groups for you to choose from.
1. THE RACING FORUM
This horse racing forum is one of the biggest and best and has been around a long time. You can always tell a good horse racing betting forum by two key points.
- 1. The length of time they have been online (more than 20 years
- 2. How frequently the forum has fresh posts
When we took the above screenshot at the Racing Forum, you will see that they had posts that were 20 minutes and 47 minutes old. This really is a very active forum and one we advise taking a look at.
Some of the things we really like about this forum are.
- The forum administrators like to keep the posts clean from spam and they have no promo policy in the group.
- They have lots of sub-forums on the site including our top three: Cheltenham Festival 2023, Big Races and The Lounge
- The articles section has plenty of great content with nearly 250 separate articles to read through
- They have an active social media set up with nearly 5000 followers on Twitter along with a presence on Facebook as well.
2. TALKING HORSES
This horse racing betting forum was born out of the closure of the Channel 4 Racing forum which closed some 19 years ago.
19 years later, this forum is still going strong with more than half a million posts, and almost 15,000 threads covering all manner of betting and racing topics, plus they have close to 2000 active forum members.
One of the interesting sections on the site is its “Chit Chat” section which talks about anything and everything sport apart from horse racing. Of course, this is a horse racing betting forum focused on racing, but they have given members a great sub-forum to discuss other sports.
Some of our favourite features on the Talking Horses forum are listed below.
- We think the “What’s New” section is really useful as it gives you a quick link to the very latest forum posts in one click.
- They have lots of sub-forums but two that are very active are the Ante Post forum and the Tote Ten To Follow forum.
- From a betting perspective, they have a special section where members share their own Lucky 15 selections.
- And if you are a fan of National Hunt Racing, they have an active thread discussing the current small fields crisis that the sport is facing.
3. THE PUNTER’S LOUNGE
Although Racing is a key part of this forum, they also have a very active football forum attached as well.
This site was one of the original early style forums, but they have developed hugely over the last two decades and are a trusted site in this space. What started as a hobby for the original founder Ollie Ormiston has now turned into a leading source of betting information and betting banter between horse racing fans up and down the UK.
Now in its third decade, the forum continues to innovate and is certainly one of the leaders in the industry.
Having reviewed the site, some of our favourite features include the following:
- The Betting Competitions section runs some fun naps competitions for football and racing fans, where the winner can grab up to £200 per month.
- They also have dedicated sub-forums for both horse and greyhound racing betting and news.
- As well as the main part of the site which is focused on horse racing, they also have a US sports section covering NFL, NBA and MLB games.
- One thing we found with this forum is that they take user feedback seriously and are always requesting input from the community.
4. THE UK BETTING FORUM
This horse racing betting forum is not as old and established as some of the previous forums listed, but again has a large member following and a very active set of sub-forums.
One of the most interesting sections on the forum is the “Gambling Geeks” section, where members support each other in building out form analysis and database tools to build out betting systems.
This section might not be for the average punter but a few of the members share how they use Python (programming language) to pull data from the Racing Post and Sporting Life
As well as this section they have a wide range of sub-forums covering all of the major sporting events in the UK.
Having reviewed this betting forum, some of our favourite elements include the following:
- The forum has an excellent news feed section which pulls in the latest horse racing news from BBC Sport and Sky News Racing. Handy for quickly scouring the latest horse racing news and headlines.
- Another excellent tool they have is the member’s blogs. This allows forum members to set up their own blogs within the main forum.
- The Tipping Comp section is a really active part of this forum, even more so than what we have seen on other media already covered and they have various prize pools up for grabs.
- One exciting community activity on this horse racing betting forum was the “Double Your Money” challenge where members try to turn £25 into £50 using horse betting and sports betting at odds of even money.
5. PACE ADVANTAGE
This is a different type of forum from the others we have previewed. Pace Advantage is more focused on horse racing statistics and looks at key elements of form like speed ratings and handicapping.
This horse racing betting forum is focused on US Horse racing and we wanted to give you a perspective on the sport in the US as well as our main UK betting and horse racing forums.
If you are not aware then US Racing takes place on tracks which are more or less identical in layout and all tracks in the US are left-handed.
The handicapping community in the US is ultra passionate and they really like to look at split times to try and analyse potential winners.
Having reviewed this US horse racing forum, some of our favourite sections include the following:
- The general racing discussion forum is hyperactive with more than 29,000 threads and over 560,000 posts just in this one part of the forum alone.
- One of the sections on the forum is called “Handicapping Library” where forum members pinpoint their favourite horse racing handicapping books for betting strategy.
- Another of the sections here which seem to get a lot of interaction between members is the MSW (Maiden Special Weight) Sires. For those in the UK, an MSW is the same as a maiden here in the UK. This thread uses sire progeny performances to pick out potential winners.
- Going to the main home page of the forum will see you being served various ads, but the main page has an excellent scrolling new section at the top with all the latest racing news from the United States.
TOP 5 – BEST HORSERACING FACEBOOK GROUPS
1. BRITISH HORSE RACING AUTHORITY
The British Horse Racing Authority is the leading regulatory body for horse racing in the UK and their website covers every part of the British horseracing sector for both codes of racing (Flat racing and National Hunt racing)
The BHA Facebook page has something for everybody and looks at the various job roles in the sport and also looks at important issues like diversity and inclusion, which has been a major focus for British racing over the last few years, as has the subject of horse welfare.
The website is more of a corporate business card for the BHA, while the Facebook page is more a tool for the general public to find out more about the BHA, and the sport in general and enjoy all the latest racing news.
Three of our favourite pieces we have seen on the BHA facebook page recently include:
- What is the job of a BHA starter?
- The latest news on the new rules for whip use for jockeys
- How are racehorses looked after once they finish their racing career?
2. 7 HORSE RACING
We move down under to Australia for our latest horse racing Facebook page and it is the Australian horse racing TV show 7 horse racing.
Racing in Australia is popular with British Horse Racing punters and of course, we have seen British runners successful in The world-famous Melbourne Cup.
This page has some great regular posts and three of our favourite posts we have seen on the 7 Horse Racing facebook page recently include:
- When the pundit backs what he thought was the winner.
- How racehorses can help humans with the important subject of mental health rehabilitation.
- Interesting late jockey change at Angela Plumb Racing.
3. CHELTENHAM RACECOURSE
The home of jump racing and the world-famous Cheltenham Festival which is held each year in March.
The Jockey Club-owned track is one of the most iconic and beautiful racetracks in the world, but how does Cheltenham do on the social media front, and is their Facebook page top of the tree?
From young fans to great horses to crazy owner celebrations, Cheltenham has it all. Having a winner at Cheltenham is a quest that many don’t even get the chance to enjoy, let alone having a runner and then if you are even luckier still, having a winner.
Three of our favourite page posts we have seen from the home of jump racing on the Cheltenham Racecourse Facebook page recently include:
- How Rachael Blackmore made one young girl’s dream come true.
- When you hear the term “Break A Leg” It didn’t stop this crazy racing celebration.
- Which of these legends is your favourite grey horse?
4. HORSE RACING TODAY
I must admit, this is not a UK horse racing Facebook page, but one from across the pond in the United States.
We love to bring you different perspectives from across the horse racing world and this one is no different. A great page and they have a great range of interviews with jockeys, trainers and pundits.
They also have a regular betting analysis section where their in-house racing analysts dissect various meetings in a quest to find you the winners.
Check out our top three posts from the Horse Racing Today page.
- A cracking interview with the beautiful Mexican jockey Sofia Barandela.
- A regular post on the page is the “HRT Question Of The Day”
- A great section of the page is the HRT photo gallery.
We’ve covered some great horse racing Facebook pages from the United States and Australia, but back home in Britain, you have the popular HorseRacing.net Facebook page.
Three of the top content pieces we have seen on the Horseracing.net page recently include:
- A “must watch” amazing interview with the genius Aiden O’Brien
- If you could go back in time and see one horse from yesteryear, who would you choose?
- Is Constitution Hill potentially the best we have ever seen over jumps?
I must say, It was a tough job finding the best horseracing betting forums and Facebook pages, but our goal here at Ontheballbets is to make sure we share the very best information out there, not just on horse racing, but across all sports.
The forums we covered above have literally millions of posts and threads on them and we are sure you will find one or two horse racing topics of interest.
Also, make sure to follow our horse racing expert Richard Smith here at Ontheballbets and his regular horse racing betting tips on all the big race meetings including the Cheltenham Festival, The Grand National, Royal Ascot, Glorious Goodwood, Qatar Prix De L’Arc de Triomphe, Breeders Cup, The Melbourne Cup.
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