Thirty essential horse racing Twitter accounts to follow

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Keeping up to date with the latest news and views used to be difficult in the fast-paced world of horse racing – but social media has changed all that.

Twitter has helped to give sports fans access to real-time updates straight from the track or the stables as well as allow them to interact and hear the thoughts of their favourite celebrities and personalities in 140 characters or less.

Following on from our guide on who to follow for the best Twitter coverage of the Australian Open, we’ve turned our attention to horse racing.

Here’s our pick of the jockeys, pundits and trainers worth following.

JOCKEYS

Offering a good insight into horse racing are Grand National and Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Barry Geraghty, Champion Jockey Richard Hughes and rising star Sam Twiston-Davies .

Completing our stable of must-follow jockeys are Hayley Turner, Paddy Brennan and Johnny Murtagh.

TRAINERS

Being a successful horse racing trainer requires deep pockets, plenty of time and patience.

Given the stresses and strains of overseeing a yard full of horses, it’s great to see so many high-profile trainers like David Pipe and Mick Channon take the time to tweet.

Brendan PowellEd Dunlop and Jamie Osborne are prolific tweeters

PUNDITS & THE PRESS PACK

If you’re looking for some insider gossip or the latest news from around the country then the following pundits and journalists should be able to help.

First up is Ladbrokes’ top tipster Emma Spencer followed by the BBC duo of Cornelius Lysaght and John Hunt. Channel 4 racing regularly tweet tips and presenters Nick LuckClare Balding and Graham Cunningham offer great opinions.

Commentator Jim McGrath is well respected in the industry as a prolific owner and one of the wisest people in racing, while award-winning broadcaster Matt Chapman adds a touch of humour to his tweets.

The Press Association’s PA Stables tweets a wealth of fascinating stats and news, as does flagship publication the Racing Post, the Guardian and Observer racing editor Tony Paley and At The Races, which is arguably the most regularly-updated racing account.

The Ladbrokes PR team of David Williams and Alex Donohue will keep you posted on changes in the betting markets for the big races.

Heading to either the Cheltenham Festival or Grand National meetings? If so, the official Cheltenham and Aintree accounts are worth following.

And if you need some help picking a winner then the GetYourTipsOut guys are not shy in sharing who they think is in with a good shout of glory.

JUST FOR FUN

Parody accounts are always entertaining to get an alternative view of sport’s talking points and spoof Denman is on Twitter.

Which horse racing personalities do you follow on Twitter? Click here for the latest Cheltenham Gold Cup odds. 

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