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  • Huge choice of horse racing action to bet on all over the world

  • Extra places on each-way bets on selected races every day

  • Superb quality live streaming of horse racing action to enable you to cheer on your selection

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Martin Booth
By Martin Booth  
Updated: 14 June 2021 10:00 am
A lifelong sports fan, Martin has spent his working life as a sports journalist, a copywriter and in various roles in the betting industry. This has given him extensive insight into how betting works, from both sides of the eternal battle between punter and layer.

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Coral is one of the most famous and widely recognised names in UK horse racing betting. The company was founded by Joe Coral in 1926 and became a familiar presence on the high street after licensed betting was legalised in 1961.

Coral has moved with the times and updated its offering to customers in the decades since and is still a leading name in the industry. Its name is given extra prominence by its long-standing sponsorship of some of the best races on the UK calendar, including the Coral Eclipse Stakes on the flat and the Coral Welsh National over jumps.

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As you would expect, Coral horse racing odds are very easy to find on its homepage. It’s the first page after football on the top navigation bar and once you click on it, you’ll find a wide choice of horse racing action from all over the world.

As well as the races from the UK and Ireland, you’ll have the opportunity to wager on events in South Africa, France, Australia and more. Coral also offers a solid number of virtual races, including a Legends series that involves horses with some famous names from the past, so you can enjoy a nostalgic bet on a horse you may have last backed 20 years ago!

Best Odds Guaranteed is offered as standard on UK and Irish racing, while the quality of the live video streaming - with local commentators where appropriate - is particularly high.

Where Coral horse racing betting stands out is in its inventive offers on a daily basis. In certain races with larger fields, an extra place will be added to increase the chances of each-way punters getting a return. You can also take advantage of regular offers of a refund in the form of a free bet if your runner at a particular meeting fails to reach the finish line for any reason.

All this comes after a sign-up bonus. When you deposit at least £5 in your account and place your first bet, you receive £20 in the form of four £5 free bets for you to enjoy while you get acquainted with Coral online racing betting.


  • Generous free bet bonus for new customers

  • Best bookmaker for paying extra places

  • Best odds guaranteed on UK and Ireland racing

  • High quality live streaming

  • Can’t live stream unless you have a positive balance in your account

  • No in-play betting on horse racing

Coral Free Bets and Bonus Codes

When you deposit at least £5 and make your first bet, Coral credits your account with £20 in the form of four free £5 wagers. That means you can enjoy several free bets while getting acquainted with betting on racing and other sports with Coral.

The good news is that you get any winnings from those bets returned to you, the bad news is that your free stake won’t be included in that return. There is no bonus code for this particular free bet because it is activated upon sign-up to the site. Other bonus codes are available for alternative free sports bets with Coral.

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18+ Eligible UK&IRE players. Paypal & some deposit & bet types excl. Min first £5 bet within 14 days of account reg at min odds 1/2 = 4x £5 free bets. Free bets valid for 7 days, stake not returned. No cashout, restrictions and T&Cs apply

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Coral Live Streaming

Once you place a bet on a horse race with Coral online, you qualify to watch the action on a live video stream. The only restriction is that you must have a positive balance in your sports betting account with Coral to be able to see how your selection gets on.

This will also allow you to watch previews of the race and the fancied runners in the countdown to the action. All the live streaming is of high quality on tablet and mobile and is accompanied by live commentary, provided either by Coral or by local commentators overseas.

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Coral Best Odds Guaranteed

One of the bonuses of Coral horse racing betting is that your wagers on meetings in the UK and Ireland are covered by three fantastic words: Best Odds Guaranteed.

What this means is that you are saved from the irritation of backing a horse when its odds are 3/1 and seeing it win at 5/1. If that happens, Best Odds Guaranteed means you get paid out at 5/1. Similarly, if you back a horse when its odds are 3/1 and it starts at 2/1, you will still be paid out at 3/1. What’s not to like?

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18+ Eligible UK&IRE players. Paypal & some deposit & bet types excl. Min first £5 bet within 14 days of account reg at min odds 1/2 = 4x £5 free bets. Free bets valid for 7 days, stake not returned. No cashout, restrictions and T&Cs apply

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Coral App

If you want to enjoy Coral mobile horse racing betting, the firm has an app that is available for both iPhone and Android devices. Both apps are extremely user-friendly, with navigation bars at both the top and the bottom of the screen to allow you to move between sports and markets with ease.

Given the popularity of in-play betting, it is no surprise that this features on the lower nav. As does gaming, which means you can switch across to a wide selection of casino offerings with ease.

All the features of Coral’s horse racing service appear on the app, including live stream and access to special offers such as your free bets and the “fail to finish” promotion. The design is slick and streamlined and it’s obvious that considerable thought and research has gone into the creation of a premium mobile betting app.

As long as you have a connection, you can download the Coral app with confidence that you will be able to enjoy your betting on horse racing wherever you are.

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Coral In Play Betting and Cash Out

One of the biggest advances in betting in recent years has been the enormous growth in in-play betting. This means betting can continue while a race is going on, even when the runners may be reaching the closing stages.

The Cash Out facility enables Coral to offer you the chance to take a proportion of your winnings early if you fear that a single bet, or an acca, is not going to be successful.

Coral Real User Feedback

Several outlets exist where customers, satisfied or otherwise, can share their feelings about their experience of Coral online horse racing betting. Coral’s website and apps are generally well-regarded by people who enjoy wagering on racing, other sports and gaming options.

As one visitor to put it succinctly: “Simply the best gambling site out there, bar none.” Another who particularly enjoys the mobile interface chipped in with: “Plays well on my tablet. What’s not to like?”

The Coral mobile horse racing offering received more praise at the App Store. One customer who had tried out a range of bookmakers’ offerings promised: “For the first time I will stick to one app only when placing my bets.” Another commented: “Favourite betting app. Vastly improved over the last few months.”

The ease with which you can navigate around the various sports clearly hits the mark for many users, with one saying: “I never have difficulty finding my desired bet.”

I won £2000 and had no problems getting my winnings from Coral. Staff are very, very helpful.
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This is by far the most reliable UK betting company I have used.
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Coral Security

According to Coral, "nobody else in the industry spends more time or dedicates more resources to protect the security of your account". The bookmaker's security team uses sophisticated software and monitoring techniques to ensure the highest standards are maintained at all times.

The Coral Online Payment centre uses 128-bit encryption technology and Secure Socket Links (SSL) to ensure the security of all transactions, and to ensure that all data remains confidential. The firm also has a team in place to ensure financial transactions are conducted in accordance with applicable laws and the standards of the international banking community.

When it comes to account security, the bookie also takes a very serious approach. Each account may only be accessed using a unique username and password. Players at Coral are only allowed to have one account. To open an account, they must provide a complete and correct legal name, address and valid means of contact. The security team randomly verifies identities and providing false information can be grounds for account closure.

Coral Customer Service Checklist

Year Founded: 1926
Telephone Number: 0800 440011
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Banking Options: Mastercard, PayPal, Skrill, Neteller, Visa, Bank Transfer

Coral FAQs

How do you use a free bet on Coral?

Using your Coral free bet on horse racing or another sport is a very simple process. Once you have signed up and placed a wager, the free bet will appear in your bet slip when you make a selection. You then have the option of using your free bet for your wager.

How do you get free bets on Coral?

When you sign up as a new customer with Coral online, you will qualify for a sign-up free bet bonus. The offer is triggered when you place money in your account and then use it to make your first wager. At this point your free bets should appear in your account.

How do you build a bet on Coral?

Coral offers you the opportunity to build a bet that predicts a particular series of outcomes, which it will then give you a price for. This is most usually applied to betting on football but can be used for other sports too.

How do I cash out my Coral bet?

If you have placed an accumulator bet but fear that the last leg might let you down, you can cash out early. Coral will offer you a proportion of the winnings you would have enjoyed in return for you taking the option to close the bet before all the races have taken place.

How do I place a bet on Coral?

Coral horse racing betting is really straightforward. You make your selection - there is form and analysis on each horse to help you - and once you click on it, its name will appear in your bet slip. Then you enter how much money you want to stake and place your bet.

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