How to watch horse racing live in Australia for free
Australia is one of the biggest horse racing nations in the world. You can watch all the big Australian horse races live and free.
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Thoroughbred horse racing is one of the world's oldest sports. Australia has more racecourses than any other nation. In fact Australia is third overall for the amount of prize money awarded in horse racing worldwide.
What's in this guide?
- When is the Spring Racing Carnival?
- When is the Melbourne Cup?
- How to watch horse racing in Australia
- How to watch horse racing on Channel 7
- How to watch horse racing on Channel 10
- How to watch horse racing on Racing.com
- How to stream horse racing on Kayo Sports
- How to watch horse racing on Foxtel IQ
Australians love to dress up and go to the races. Major Australian racecourses include Sydney's Randwick and Rosehill plus Melbourne's Caulfield and Flemington tracks.
The Australian horse racing calendar is best known for the Spring Racing Carnival, though it does continue all year round with Sydney's Autumn Racing Carnival.
When is the Spring Racing Carnival?
The highlight of the Australian racing calendar is Sydney and Melbourne's Spring Racing Carnival. The Spring Racing Carnival falls between the months of August and November.
Some of the major races of the Spring Carnival include the Melbourne Cup, The Everest, Caulfield Cup, Cox Plate, Caulfield Cup and Victoria Derby.
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When is the Melbourne Cup?
The Melbourne Cup falls on the first Tuesday of November annually and is run at 3pm AEDT. For more details see our 2019 Melbourne Cup article.
How to watch horse racing in Australia
How to watch horse racing on Channel 7
Channel 7 has been the free-to-air home of horse racing for almost the last 20 years. This year it has lost the rights to broadcast the Melbourne Cup Carnival.
Channel 7 will still have the entirety of the rest of the Spring Racing Carnival which includes The Everest, Cox Plate, Caulfield Cup and more.
You can also watch horse racing events aired by Channel 7 on the 7plus app. The Racing.com channel is also accessible on 7plus.
How to watch horse racing on Channel 10
Channel 10 has recently purchased the rights to the Melbourne Cup Carnival. The Melbourne Cup Carnival includes Derby Day, Melbourne Cup, Oaks Day and Stakes Day. The 10 Network will broadcast horse racing in HD on 10HD.
In addition, you can sign up to 10 play for free and watch the Melbourne Cup Carnival online.
How to watch horse racing on Racing.com
Racing.com is owned by both Channel 7 and Racing Victoria but is a free service. It has every single Victorian and South Australian horse race live.
You can watch the Racing.com channel on free-to-air TV or directly on the website. Racing.com is also available via several other broadcast providers.
How to stream horse racing on Kayo Sports
Kayo Sports has over 50 sports and is a digital streaming service. The Racing.com channel is available on Kayo Sports along with several other horse racing shows. While not entirely the same, horse lovers can also get their equine fix through Kayo Sports.
You can sign up to Kayo's Basic package for $25/month and watch from two devices at once. There's also a Premium subscription costing $35/month that supports three simultaneous streaming devices. Jump in now with a 14-day free trial.
Kayo's big appeal is its abundance of live sport and huge content library. There are several unique features that make viewing sport that bit more special.
SplitView lets you watch four sports at once, Kayo Minis condense events to 20 minutes so you can catch up fast, there's RaceView for motorsport and more. Take a look at our full Kayo Sports review for further information including a full list of devices you can watch from.
How to watch horse racing on Foxtel IQ
Sky Sports Racing has every single thoroughbred, harness and greyhound race from Australia as well as other races from around the world. Sky Sports Racing is split over two channels.
To get Sky Sports Racing Channel 1 you need the base Foxtel Plus bundle which is $49/month. Accessing the Sky Sports Racing Channel 2 is a little bit trickier.
The channel only costs $5/month but can't be accessed without having the Sport pack for $25/month. So your total minimum monthly cost is $79/month.
It's important to note that Sky Racing channels aren't available to watch on Foxtel GO. Sky Racing also dictates which races are on each channel. It also has the right to move a race from Sky Racing 1 to Sky Racing 2 without notice.
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