French Racing set to become a regular feature on new Sky Sports racing channel
Betting on French horse racing is set to sky rocket in 2019 following news Sky Sports Racing will be broadcasting thoroughbred live horse races from France commencing January 1st as part of a three year deal signed this week.
We’re delighted to announce that Sky Sports Racing will be the exclusive home of French racing in the UK and Ireland from 2019. More details on the new partnership with @PMU_Hippique, @francegalop and Le Trot: https://t.co/xccSqX0Mkz pic.twitter.com/6Y7VhhWsyG
— At The Races (@AtTheRaces) September 26, 2018
Also on January 1st Sky Sports Racing will become the new brand name for At The Races, the specialist racing channel found on Sky channel 415 and Virgin Media channel 535.
Announcing the deal Matthew Imi, Chief Executive of At The Races, explained: “This is a very exciting new partnership for us with France Galop, Le Trot and PMU and one that has immense potential. French horse racing is already well supported by owners and trainers in the UK and Ireland, but we will showcase the strength and quality of French thoroughbred racing throughout the year, in a way that has never been done before by UK racing media.
“Sky Sports Racing will provide consistent, live broadcast coverage of French racing fixtures with all relevant betting information and presentation crews regularly live on site at the French racecourses.”
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The exclusive deal is some much needed good news for racing fans who learned earlier in the year At The Races will lose the rights to racing from all of Ireland’s 26 racetracks and Chelmsford City from the start of 2019. These meetings will still be televised albeit on the subscription-service Racing UK, which is found on Sky channel 426.
Racing UK will broadcast coverage from 61 of the 85 racecourses in Britain and Ireland and 88% of all Group and Graded races in 2019 but to prove the theory every cloud has a silver lining, the new Sky Sports Racing will be showing the follow key horse racing fixtures:
- Ascot from March 2019
- Chester May Festival
- William Hill St Leger
- Coral Welsh Grand National
Plus overseas classics such as:
- Breeders’ Cup
- US Triple Crown
- Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe
- Melbourne Cup Carnival
— Guardian sport (@guardian_sport) September 26, 2018