Horses for Courses on iPhone
If you are an iPhone user and enjoy the races, some interesting mobile apps could add to your enjoyment. I have not confirmed their actual availability in the iStore, but have found evidence that they’re all being kept alive, although some have not been updated that recently.
The Racing.com iPhone app is the first example. The app features form, field, analysis, news, video and the ability to track your favourite jockeys, horses and trainers. Provided by Racing Victoria Limited, it is free and has very recently been updated. “This app also includes Racing+, your free digital membership for exclusive access to Racing.com’s 24/7 live racing broadcast including race coverage of all Victorian races. Racing+ also provides members with exclusive access to historical race replays of every Victorian race run since the 2014/14 season.”
Then there is Racetrack Ralphy, which “…provides horse racing form for Melbourne metropolitan meetings provided by form analyst Ralphy Horowitz and other experts and contributors, hand-picked by Ralphy”. This app is also free, but not that recently updated (August 2014).
Also not recently updated (October 2013), is Swagger Horse Racing Tips. The description goes “With 25 years of racing experience under our saddle, horse racing is in our blood. A dedicated team of professionals working around the clock watching race replays, studying detailed form or touching base with our extensive network of racing insiders. Even if you lack the time and skill required to make success bets, you will have everything you need in the palm of your hand to have the winning advantage on race day.”
The oldest of the lot surveyed here, was the Racing and Sports Spring Feature Races iPhone app, last updated October 2010. “Breaking news stories are updated every day for major races including Caulfield Cup, Caulfield Guineas, Toorak Handicap, Cox Plate, VRC Derby, VRC Oaks and of course the Melbourne Cup. Racing and Sports also brings you quality opinion on form and betting analysis to help you through the feature races. The Race Form section of the app will keep you up to date with racing in other states and countries during the spring. It contains live up to the minute fields, ratings, selections and scratchings for every Australian, New Zealand, Singapore and Hong Kong meeting covered each day. You are able to look up the latest form of all runners plus access selections for every race plus more.”
Jockeys Challenge is another free app, last updated March 2012. It provides the latest information for all Australian and International Jockeys Challenge results. The app provides leader board updates, individual rider updates, remaining rides for the meeting and past results.
Racing Internet Services describes their Racenet as “Your one-stop shop for everything racing and betting. The Racenet app has the best professional analysts to assist you to back more winners, the most enhanced form guides in the country as well as the most informative news service on the gallop. If you’re at the pub or club, utilise Racenet’s in-depth statistics that can point you in the right direction for a winner. And if you spot a future winner, track the horse through Racenet’s free Blackbook service.”
Buy into this
Lastly, if you were a potential buyer at thoroughbred, quarter horse and standardbred auctions you would be interested in a tool called Equineline Sales Catalogue App. This unique app loads sales catalogues to your iPad for searching and viewing sales results and catalogues using various options.
Being constantly on the move or not having access to a desktop application are no longer excuses for losing touch with your favourite sport. It’s the future of mobility – play wherever you are!