International Horse Racing Guide

If you’re into horse racing betting then be sure to check out our International Horse Racing guide. Here at Unibet we know just how important horse racing is to millions of punters around the world.

And to help you get to grips with the intricacies of International Horse Racing, we’ve set up this guide to offer clarification and advice on the biggest and best races.

From the Kentucky Derby to the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, this guide will provide you with a greater knowledge of horse racing that you can then take into the sportsbook.

After all, racing is not solely confined to the UK and Ireland—and the smartest punters are always looking for the next big race, wherever it is in the world!


What is International Horse Racing betting like?

International Horse Racing is a great way to boost your knowledge of the sport and potentially win big rewards. Countries such as Australia, South Africa, Hong Kong and the USA boast rich horse racing traditions. We have developed a racing platform that enables you to place a bet on any race round the globe at any time of the day.

While the UK and Ireland arguably boast the best and most historic races on the planet, there are many other iconic races found across the rest of the world. The Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe is France’s No 1 race and remains one of the biggest races on the global stage. America boasts the Kentucky Derby and Australia’s Melbourne Cup attracts millions of punters every year.


How to Bet on International Horse Racing

Unibet’s sportsbook features thousands of horse races from around the world every month. And the beauty of International Horse Racing betting is it’s exactly the same as placing bets on domestic races.

Our sportsbook has its own dedicated horse racing section, where you can easily sift through events and find the perfect race to bet on. When you enter the racing sportsbook you’ll notice a bank of live races that are about to get underway. You can also search the racing odds for upcoming meetings up to four days in advance.

Once you’ve found a race to bet on, click on the meet and then the horse you want to back. Enter your stake in the bet slip and click ‘Place Bet’ to complete the process.

Example: You want to place a Hong Kong Horse Racing bet on the 13:45  race at Happy Valley. Click on the meeting and you’ll see the list of horses available. Each horse comes with its own  data, such as jockey, owner, past results and weight. Simply choose the horse you want to bet on, click on the odds, and place your wager via the betslip. You can then choose a Win bet or Each Way, while it’s also possible to bet on the SP (starting price). Enter your stake - say £5 Win - in the bet slip before confirming the bet. If you win, your balance will automatically be updated.



How the Horse Racing Race Card works

If you’re new to horse racing betting then be sure to do some race card research. The race card offers you the chance to examine the stats of every horse running in your chosen race. It can reveal strengths and weaknesses in the horses and help you come to a decision on your bets.

The Unibet race card is easy to understand once you get to grips with it. Each horse running will feature its name and the number it is running with. The colour you see on the number are the silks the jockey will be wearing—this is crucial if you want to live stream horse racing and follow your bet through the race!

The race card will also offer you the form of each horse. This simply shows the results of the horse’s last four races. For example: The figure furthest away on the right is the horse’s finishing position in his latest race. So form figures of 1453 means the horse has finished third, fourth, fifth and first on its last four races sequentially. You can also track the shift in odds on each horse, which can help indicate if there is a trend to the betting. If you like to bet with the crowd then this is a great feature of the race card.

Finally, the race card features the horse racing odds currently available on each runner. You can choose between fractional, decimal and American odds types. When you click on the odds, the bet slip will pop up on your screen. Here, you can enter your stake and check the potential payout, before clicking ‘Place Bet’. What’s more, you can click the E/W button to place an Each Way bet. Doing this reduces your total potential payout but covers you if your horse finishes in one of the place positions, which is usually up to third or fourth place.


Best countries for International Horse Racing

Japan horse racing is often overlooked by UK and Irish punters because of the time difference. But betting on Japanese racing is a great way to develop your knowledge of this amazing sport. Unibet offers extensive racing stats across the world—so be sure to check these out if you want to bet on Japan racing. What’s more, race meets start around 6:30am in the UK and run through the morning, which is great if you want to bet early in the day!

Australia also boasts a strong racing pedigree and offers punters the chance to bet overnight and in the early hours of the morning. Meanwhile, Unibet offer racing live stream options on many American race meets, including Will Rogers Downs, Tampa Bay Downs and Fonner Park. What’s more, you can access the full horse racing results USA right here in the Unibet sportsbook!


Biggest International Horse Races

The horse racing calendar is often ruled by the UK and Ireland’s National Hunt, which includes famous races at horse racing festivals such as Royal Ascot, Glorious Goodwood, and Cheltenham bets, and races such as the Derby and the Grand Nationa But elsewhere around the world there are some stellar horse races offering millions of pounds in prize money.

The Melbourne Cup is Australia’s ultimate prize, featuring a £4.5m purse and producing legends of the sport, such as Makybe Diva, Think Big and Rain Lover. France’s Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe pays out around £4.3m each race. Yet the Dubai World Cup is the richest race in the world, with a staggering £9.6m purse.

In America, betting on the Kentucky Derby gives you the chance to experience ‘The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sport’. USA horse racing offers punters thousands of opportunities to bet each year. Popular meetings include Randwick, Gulfstream Park and Will Rogers Downs, which all feature regular races that you can live stream.

Here are some of the best upcoming races to bet on:



  • Breeders’ Cup Series
  • Belmont Stakes
  • Preakness Stakes
  • Kentucky Derby
  • Arlington Million
  • Arkansas Derby


  • The Dubai World Cup


  • Caulfield Cup
  • Victoria Derby
  • Coolmore Stud Stakes
  • Melbourne Cup

Hong Kong

  • Hong Kong Mile
  • Hong Kong Spint
  • Hong Kong Vase
  • Hong Kong Triple Crown


  • Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe
  • Grand Prix de Paris
  • Grand Steeple-Chase de Paris


International Horse Racing live stream

Unibet TV offers extensive horse racing live stream coverage alongside the best racing bets online. We provide streaming services from races all over the world—including Australia, Japan, South Africa and the USA.

Being able to watch and bet on horse racing is a great way to get closer to the action. You must place a bet in order to access the live stream, where you’ll be able to follow events on the course and stay in tune with the audio commentary.

Now you know more about international horse racing, it’s time to check out the latest odds and place your bets! So, why not head over to the Unibet Racing lobby today? We wish you the best of luck!

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