Known and enjoyed by millions, horse racing remains one of the oldest running sports still entertaining humans across the globe. For years and years this sport has continued to be one of the most popular and thrilling sports in the world. Whilst it has remained on top for years, just what is it about horse racing that has caused it to grasp such popularity for so long? What is it that makes horse racing so spectacular?
Tradition and heritage
Due to its historical significance, horse racing is steeped in tradition and heritage. Back in the day the sport was dominated by the upper class and royalty in many civilisations gone by. But as the decades have gone by the sport has opened up to the lower classes in society and become much more inclusive, but the tradition of the famous races continues and so do the events, with the 2021 Grand National making it around 182 years old. Despite this people still revel at the chance to spot a royal at the racetracks, get dressed up to the nines and have an excellent day out – it is a major event in many people’s yearly calendar. The sport has managed to strike a fine balance between retaining the heritage and tradition whilst adapting to modern day society has meant horse racing has continued to thrive and be so spectacular.
Betting is intrinsically linked to horse racing. Whilst other sports have strong links to sports betting, none are quite as influenced as this sport. The betting culture which surrounds horse racing adds extra excitement, props the sport up and brings a whole new entertainment dynamic, making this sport particularly spectacular. Whether you are betting online from the house, have made your way down to the bookies or are sticking a bet on in the concourses of the racetracks, horse racing and betting are synonymous and this without a shadow of a doubt adds an extra something to the sport, edging it to be one of the greatest sports in the world.
Perhaps one of the biggest appeals of this sport to so many across the globe is its primitive and basic principles. Its basic and easy to understand rules mean that this sport is very accessible for many. Indeed, despite modern day racing now having technology, photo finishes, sophisticated equipment and is surrounded in an immense betting culture, the sport at its basic level remains the same – the first horse to cross the finish line wins the race. This means everyone can enjoy the sport without the same sort of hindrances that other sports would throw up. It’s simple nature makes it so spectacular.
Technological advances alongside general improvements to the training regimes, equipment and indeed the horses themselves has accumulated in a vast improvement in the calibre horse racing is being performed at, year on year. This elite standard which has been built up over the years has created some truly memorable and scintillating sporting moments. From Secretariat to Tiger Roll and everything in between there has been momentous occasions in the last few decades of horse racing. This sport is performed at breakneck speed, has photo finishes and sees these magnificent horses compete against each other in head to heads. It’s not any coincidence that the famous American race, the Kentucky Derby is known as ‘the greatest two minutes in sport’.
Due to all of these changes that the sport of horse racing has adopted, it has worked its way to be hugely accessible world wide. Spanning from America to Africa, Australia to Asia the sport has retained its sense of community catering to its fans. Despite being heavily wrapped up in betting, which in itself is a huge draw to the sport, horse racing has not been adversely affected by financial takeovers or the facade of money like other sports have suffered from. Retaining its cultural and traditional values whilst adopting modern tech and allowing socialising in the modern age this sport has managed to remain accessible to millions and this surely has to be a bonus to the sport and provide yet another example of just how spectacular this sport is.