As one of the biggest names on the high street in Britain, Coral have a long-established history with horse racing and sports punters and are one of the best known names in the industry.

As of November 2016, Coral has been run in conjunction with another betting giant in the shape of Ladbrokes after the group bought out Coral and all its bookmaking and casino offerings.

Perhaps not surprisingly, it’s hard to find too many negatives when talking about Coral as they know what punters want.  From new customer bonuses to free bets, our Coral horse racing review will take in the best the brand has to offer as well as some bits they could perhaps improve on slightly.

Coral Sign-Up Offer

Coral’s current new customer offer is their ‘Get £20 in Free Bets’ deal.  The offer can be used on horse racing bets but is not exclusive to the sport and can be used elsewhere too.

All you have to do to get this deal is open a new account online (mobile and telephone accounts are allowed too), place a £5 bet (win or each-way) on any sport then Coral will give you £20 in free bets.  The free bets are split into 4 x £5 bets and will be placed into your account automatically as soon as you place your qualifying bet.

The only real stipulation is that your bet must be at odds of 1/2 (1.5) or bigger and is incredibly easy to get hold of.  To make sure you don’t miss out, simply head to ‘promotions’ at the top left of the screen, pick this offer and sign-up from there.

You may have to enter a promo code when you join to opt into the offer so be sure to make a note of whatever the latest code is.

Other firms may offer more in terms of cash as a new customer bonus but naturally there will also be more rules and regulations to keep an eye on, so as opening offers go we think this one ranks pretty well.

Coral Ongoing Promotions

One thing Coral definitely gets right is the number of different promo’s it offers to betting fans.  Some of its deals, including the new customer bonus mentioned above, traverse all sports and events however they are good at offering more specialist deals for fans of particular sports and events.

Football fans can grab the ‘4+ Acca Boost’ on match results, ‘both teams to score’ or both.  Simply place an accumulator of four teams or more and get 10% extra on your winnings.  This will be paid out at anything up to £100 and the minimum stake is just £2, meaning the deal doesn’t exclude certain players.

As a long established British bookmaker though, Coral know how to look after horse racing punters who have long since been the lifeblood of the firm.

A long-running offer and one that is not going away is the ‘best odds guaranteed’ promotion.  This simply means that when you use Coral online horse betting to back any horse in the UK or Ireland you can take the current price without fear.

If the odds of your horse get shorter after you have placed the bet, you will get paid out at the original price.  If the odds get bigger however, you’ll get paid at the bigger price.  Add to this the fact that you can watch all UK and Irish horse races live via Coral’s streaming service and it’s a pretty strong deal.

Security

After examining Coral’s platform following sign-up, we found that they’ve taken a number of important steps to assure customers of a safe and secure betting experience and that is to their credit.

The firm reviews its safety standards on a regular basis and holds a valid SSL Certificate from Norton, so the information you provide online is completely protected.  In other words, Coral’s data encryption means that you can rest safe in the knowledge that your personal and banking information won’t be compromised at all.

Coral also boasts GamCare certification, something only possible for a bookmaker when they have successfully put Player Protection Codes of Practice into action.  They have an up to date Responsible Gaming policy and rightfully therefore a very good reputation with punters both before and after their Ladbrokes merger.

Coral Horse Betting Features

Signing up for a Coral account is easy and can be done online or on the Coral horse racing app, available on all formats for mobiles and tablets on Apple or Android.

Coral puts a large emphasis on horse racing and so we found that you will not struggle to find a race to bet on or a particular type of bet.  Coral horse racing odds are generally fair so at least they’ve got the most basic thing right and that is providing value for money for the punters.

After clicking ‘horse racing’ you will see the day’s UK and Ireland races right in the middle of the screen along with options to bet on the Tote’s Quadpot, Placepot and Jackpot if you wish.

Rather uniquely, when clicking on a specific race you will find to the right-hand side the verdict on that race of the Racing Post, essentially giving you a free tip to consider.  Prices are up to date and placing a bet is incredibly easy – simply click on the price next to your chosen horse and your bet slip will open up.

Better yet, once you’ve place a bet on a race in the UK or Ireland you will qualify to watch it for free via Coral’s online streaming service of Racing UK and AtTheRaces’ coverage.

Underneath the day’s domestic action you will find links to all the latest international action too; France, South Africa and the USA all regularly featured on a daily basis.

We found that Coral are one of the first to take an opinion on many big ante post markets, such as early betting for the Cheltenham Festival or the Grand National for example.  They are often happy to compete with the betting exchanges which typically offer better prices for punters and given that betting in the traditional way is commission free this is a major positive.

The scope of Coral horse racing offers has always been impressive and remains so; promotions including the aforementioned ‘best odds guaranteed’ as well as ‘money back as a free bet’ if your horse falls in selection National Hunt races, especially during the Cheltenham Festival.

The range of offers for racing punters is pleasing with not just UK, Irish and European races covered but even the opportunity to bet on the American pari-mutuel system, particularly good when the Breeders’ Cup or the Kentucky Derby comes around.

Other Betting Markets

Alongside horse racing Coral concentrates on all the big-hitting sports betting markets namely; football, tennis greyhounds and virtual sports.

Their football markets are very comprehensive and with the 4+ acca boost mentioned above they have remained a favourite with football punters everywhere.

Along with the traditional markets of horse racing, dogs and football though you will find thousands of markets on baseball, basketball, boxing, cricket, darts, formula 1, rugby, snooker and a lot more besides so as a general sports bettor you are not left wanting from this website.

Keep an eye out for offers on all sports in the ‘promotions’ section of the website as we’ve found Coral are pretty swift to add new deals on a regular basis to attract punters interested in any and all sports around the world.

Mobile Betting Options & Apps

This is where we truly find out how good a modern day bookmaker is as most of us like to (or need to) bet on the go these days.

Coral horse racing on mobile can be done either via the browser on any mobile phone or the dedicated Coral App, downloadable on any smartphone or tablet both Apple and Android.

Having trawled through the app and the mobile site we found you could bet on all of the thousands of markets made available by the firm each day wherever you are while the live streaming service on UK and Irish horse racing works equally well on the smaller devices.

Via the app or the mobile site you can perform all the normal tasks; log into your account, make deposits and withdrawals, watch live sport, bet on fixed odds or Tote markets and claim bonuses and rewards as normal.

The app and mobile sites are slick looking, very easy to navigate, are user friendly and are essentially just smaller working versions of the main website itself.

Coral Banking Options

Generally speaking we found the banking experience with Coral to be pretty simple with plenty of options available for both depositing and withdrawing funds.

All banking options are listed clearly within the relevant section of your account and include;

Method Deposit Time Min Deposit Max Deposit Withdrawal Time Min Withdrawal Max Withdrawal
Visa/Maestro Debit Card Instant £5 £20,000 2-5 working days £5 £20,000
Visa/MasterCard Credit Card Instant £5 £20,000 2-5 working days £5 £20,000
Neteller Instant £5 £37,500 24 hours £5 £37,500
Skrill Instant £5 £25,000 24 hours £5 £25,000
PayPal Instant £10 £5,500 24 hours £5 £5,500
Eco Instant £5 £770 24 hours £5 £770
PaySafe Card Instant £5 £770 Instant £5 £770
Connect Instant £5 £770 Instant £5 £770

 

As you can see, unlike most sportsbooks Coral keep their deposit and withdrawal amounts basically the same for each of their banking options.  All of these options are also free of any fees which is a major plus we’ve found.

Customer Support

Customer support, as it should be, appears to be high on the agenda with Coral and as such they aren’t short of ways to get in touch.

Generally we’ve found that their operatives are knowledgeable and friendly though it should be noted that despite there being a range of ways to get in touch we found that Live Chat is undoubtedly the quickest and easiest way.  Here’s how you can reach out to the firm:

If you’re calling from the UK you can get through free of charge on 0800 44 0011.  For those betting from outside of the UK however simply call +44 208 507 5544.  Calls are typically answered within a few minutes and we found any simple problems are ironed out quickly.

The Live Chat service is right there on the website and is open from 0700 – 2330 seven days a week.  If you don’t want to call but are playing outside of these live chat hours, you can email the team at help@coral.co.uk.  Usually it takes a few hours for operatives to get back in touch however it can be quicker.

Coral Company Details

Joe Coral started this brand way back in 1926 as a racecourse bookmaker before branching out into betting offices in the 1940’s.

Coral enjoyed a long and successful history as a standalone betting brand on course, in the shops and online until being bought by Ladbrokes late in 2016.  Now part of GVC Holdings, the firms run out of a head office in south-west London.

Coral Bottom Line

To be brutally honest, there’s not an awful lot Coral improve on with their current offering which is clearly among the strongest anywhere on the market.

A bigger new customer bonus than the Bet £5 get £20 would be good, for example Bet365’s matched bonus offer up to £100 is stronger, but other than that it’s all positive.

Live streaming, best odds guaranteed and fair prices are the modern day basics and bookie needs to focus on and Coral have undoubtedly done that.

Should you wish to sign-up, make sure you do so when taking the new customer bonus as there is nothing in the way of a catch with the 4 x £5 free bets so you may as well have them. From this point, get your racing bets on early to take advantage of the best odds guaranteed and you’ll be laughing!