Virtual Horses

Enjoy all the heart-thumping excitement of a day at the races with Betfred’s fantastic Virtual Horse Racing game.

Betfred is famous for offering competitive odds on big sporting events like the Grand National, Royal Ascot and Kentucky Derby. However, it’s not always possible to have a bet on the horses. Night racing is limited to the summer months in the United Kingdom, and lousy weather often cancels big race meeting.

The beauty of Betfred’s ‘Virtual Horse Racing’ is you can bet on the gee-gees any time you fancy a flutter. Plus you don’t have to worry about non-runners or complicated form guides. Just pick your selection and make a bet. Forget about those terrible tips from your mate in the pub. These races are entirely random. Races take place every couple of minutes, and you can choose between flat or jumps racing.


I’ve included a graphic below to show how a virtual race works. Essentially, the results are randomised by ‘Regulated Random Number Generator.’ The number generator is similar to the ones used by National Lottery operators. The odds on a horse reflect its chances of it winning. A lower-priced horse will have a higher percentage chance of winning a virtual race. However, that doesn’t mean it WILL win.

How Virtual Racing Works

In many ways, the virtual race works just like a slot machine. Instead of watching spinning reels, you watch the horses run. I enjoy these races, and they can be exciting to watch, especially when your horse is in front.

The graphics in the games have come a long way in recent years. The virtual racing a Betfred is almost indistinguishable from the real thing. Have a look at the screengrab below to see for yourself.

Racing Startline Virtual

Betfred offers two types of Virtual Horse Races – Dash Races and Standard Races. The ‘Dash Race’ is a high octane quick sprint to the finish. The Standard ‘Horse Race’ is similar in length to a traditional race you’d see at any British racecourse.


As long as you have enough funds, you can bet as much as you’re willing to risk. The minimum bet on Virtual Race is £0.50p. The amount you can win largely depends on the number of runners in the race. Bigger races with more runners have horses quoted at larger odds than smaller fields. Typically you can find a horse with odds as high as 50/1 in the big races. The pre-race favourite usually goes off at around 11/4.


Along with racing you can also get involved in other virtual sports at Betfred. You can bet on Virtual Football, Greyhounds, Speedway, Darts, Tennis and Cycling. Betfred also features a full suite of slot machines, casino games, poker games and bingo. Don’t forget, as a Betfred customer you’ll have access to a vast range of bets on real-world events too. New customers to Betfred can claim a welcome bonus when they sign up online – details of the offer displayed below.


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