TV3 secures four-year UK horseracing deal with RMG

The Stan James Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy. Ruby Walsh celebrates after winning the race riding Annie Power. Photo Andy Watts /

The Stan James Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy. Ruby Walsh celebrates after winning the race riding Annie Power.
Photo: Andy Watts /

TV3 Group has announced a new four-year partnership with Racecourse Media Group (RMG) to broadcast some of the biggest events in horseracing, beginning on New Year’s Day 2017.

TV3 and 3e will broadcast exclusive Irish terrestrial coverage of the most prestigious and lucrative horseracing events in the world across 50 days of the year from 1 January 2017, including the Cheltenham Festival, the Randox Health Aintree Grand National Festival, the Investec Epsom Derby and Oaks, and Royal Ascot.

Other highlights include the QIPCO Guineas Festival at Newmarket, Al Shaqab Lockinge Day at Newbury, Qatar Goodwood Festival, Welcome to Yorkshire Ebor Festival at York and QIPCO British Champions Day at Ascot.

Niall Cogley, TV3 Group Director of Broadcasting, said: “TV3 is delighted to be working with this fantastic racing portfolio. Cheltenham and Aintree are hugely important milestones in the Irish sporting calendar every year, but this new agreement represents so much more as it spans some of the most important international racing fixtures in the world with a wonderful mix of Flat and National Hunt festivals.

“To be able to offer 50 exclusive Irish terrestrial days on TV3 and 3e is great news for our viewers and for the TV3 Group.”

Richard FitzGerald, CEO of RMG, said: “We are very much looking forward to an exciting new partnership with TV3 over the next four years. We are delighted that the UK’s best race meetings will receive such a prominent shop window in Ireland via TV3 and 3e. It means viewers will be extremely well served in Ireland.”

3e will begin its coverage on 1 January 2017 by broadcasting the New Year’s Day meeting from Cheltenham.

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