The outright favourite sport for Irish sports gamblers is without doubt horse racing. We are now approaching the middle of the horse racing flat season in Ireland and the UK, with the Epsom Derby already over and Ascot on the horizon. Even though all our betting shops are now far more enjoyable places to spend time watching and gambling on horse racing, the growing trend is for horse racing enthusiasts to gamble online with one of the leading bookmakers. In Ireland, Paddy Power and Ladbrokes lead the field both in terms of betting shops and sports gambling online, and both offer comprehensive coverage of almost every horse racing meeting in Ireland and the UK, often including live streams of the race. The advent of online gambling sites has also made it very easy for horse racing gamblers to take advantage of often better odds by gambling well in advance of a particular race, and with the Ladbrokes ‘Best Odds’ guarantee which pays the highest of the ante post or SP price, gamblers on horse racing can place bets at their leisure. Don’t forget you don’t have to pick the winner of every race, place betting is available on both sites, and could be a good option particularly if you fancy an outsider to run well. For the horse racing gambler who fancies a different bet, both Paddy Power and Ladbrokes offer what they call specials, which at paddy Power currently gives racing gamblers the opportunity to gamble on the winner of the Irish and UK Flat Jockey’s Championship, or the British Trainers Championship if you prefer. Unusually at this relatively early stage of the season, both jockeys championships already have odds-on favourites, but if you think things may change before the end of the season in November, give it a go.