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Virtual Horse Racing Review - May

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Betting shops are back open on high streets in most areas of the United Kingdom - heralding the return of a long-running tradition for many a pavement pounder.

With the return of such exciting, face to face betting interactions, it has seen a new uptick of interest in the Virtuals, which occurs at regular intervals throughout the day, every day of the week.

We've been on the lookout for some interesting results over the last seven days from the three top virtual racecourses - Portman Park, Steepledowns, and Sprint Valley.


On 25th May, it was a day for the longshot backers, with no fewer than six winners coming in at prices of 25/1 or more!

  • 06:20 - No Ultimatum: 40/1
  • 10:34 - Able Tasman: 28/1
  • 11:42 - Assembly Line: 40/1
  • 16:03 - Cant Cook - 40/1
  • 21:05 - Daring Debut - 25/1
  • 21:35 - Circus Boy - 25/1

View Steepledowns racecardSteepledowns results

Sprint Valley

Meanwhile, across the virtual hemisphere at Sprint Valley on 28th May, it was a polar opposite experience for bettors, who may have been handsomely rewarded for sticking with the favourites - particularly over one given period in the evening where three fancied jollies won in succession.

  • 20:09 - Fruitsome Move (Fav) - 5/2
  • 21:10 - Southern Split (Fav) - 3/1
  • 21:25 - Sour Face (Fav) - 7/2

Brave punters backing those three in a treble would have amassed returns of 62/1

View Sprint Valley racecardSprint Valley results

Portman Park

Like an each-way bet on the higher prices? You would have enjoyed the 08:43 at Portman Park on 29th May.

The 100/1 longshot Tysea Sands had backers on the edge of their seats as the virtual galloper put its rivals to the maximum test. It didn't manage to win, but a third-place finish meant a tidy return for those that dared to bet each way on the unfancied horse

View Portman Park racecardPortman Park results

Where Can I Bet?

Remember that whilst you can’t bet on the above virtual racecourses online - every single bookmaker featured on the site does offer Virtual Horse Racing online - the race tracks just have different names. Unibet, William Hill, Ladbrokes, and Coral all have their own virtual circuits - each with their own name. See our guide to race courses here.

There are several benefits to betting on virtual online, rather than in-shop. For starters, new players can claim welcome bonuses and specific virtual offers that are not available on the high street. Virtual Sports free bets give you an opportunity to engage with more virtual opportunities - without using more of your own money.

Always read the terms and conditions for the Welcome Offers with your chosen company.

There is also a more extensive range of virtual sports on which you can bet online. You can choose from the likes of greyhounds, football, tennis, darts, and Formula 1. You even have the opportunity for ‘On-demand’ events - meaning you decide to bet whenever you are ready.

Want to find your preferred virtual betting bookmaker? We’ve got some great options here.

The most important message we’d like to continue sharing is around responsible betting. Please take this point seriously and only ever bet what you can afford to lose. We recommend that you use features like deposit limits, so you can comfortably keep your spending at the right level for you. We believe betting should be fun - if that isn’t the case for you then it is best to stop.