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.
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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 Luck, Clare 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.
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.
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