SIS LIVE captures McCoy’s career landmark
AP ‘Tony’ McCoy clinched a record-breaking 4,000th career win last week at Towcester racecourse when he crossed the finishing line on Mountain Tunes. All the race drama and post-match action was beamed into bookmakers and the At the Races channel courtesy of SIS LIVE’s broadcast resources.
The company’s HD1 outside broadcast vehicle was deployed to produce coverage of this event, with eight race cameras located at various points around the track and two extras rigged to follow the winners into the paddock. A specially installed super slow motion camera on the finish line caught the win in exquisite detail, whilst an RF presentation camera captured the celebrations of McCoy and his team. SIS commentators added their typical colour to the event, ensuring the moment could be savoured and appreciated completely.
In addition to the race coverage on fibre optic cables, one of SIS LIVE’s satellite uplink units – SIS 30 – was also on site with three camera operators providing additional presentation services for William Hill and ATR. A dedicated SIS LIVE engineer handled the uplinking of signals from site to the company’s teleport and MCR facility at Milton Keynes. From here race and presentation feeds were downlinked, routed into the SIS production studios and used to create programming, which was then transmitted via satellite to licensed-betting offices all over the world.
David Meynell, managing director, SIS LIVE, says: “SIS LIVE covers thousands of races every year, but this one was quite special and really captured the attention of sports fans across the UK. Our racing OB teams have unparalleled experience of covering racing in the UK and it was great that there was so much interest in the material they produced. We decided to use a super Slo-mo, which added to the drama of the day and are now considering making this a standard offering for all of our racing coverage. We continue to innovate for UK racing and look forward to the next milestone, which I am sure our teams will deliver to their usual exceptional standards.”