Race fans set to enjoy a bumper week of horse racing on terrestrial TV

Two girls and horses at the finishing post at Newbury Racecourse. (Pic: Courtesy of Newbury Racecourse).

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FOUR races on each of Newbury Racecourse’s two-day behind closed door fixtures on Saturday and Sunday will be televised live on terrestrial TV in a tremendous week for armchair race viewers.

Saturday’s races are due to be broadcast on ITV1 and Sunday on ITV4, highlighted by the Group 2 Unibet Hungeford Stakes on the first day.

The Group 2 was moved to the seven-furlong straight course in 2002 and has seen some of the best sprinters of recent years take part, with winners including Lethal Force, as well as some great milers: Paco Boy and Excelebration. 

Julian Thick, chief executive of Newbury Racecourse said: “We are incredibly grateful to Unibet and all of our sponsors for their continued support of this raceday during this challenging time.

“We are delighted to be able to welcome back owners to our purpose-built facility this weekend for the first time and our thanks must go to Irish Thoroughbred Marketing for their support. 

“This is always a fascinating meeting with some competitive Group and Listed races across the two days, alongside a range of handicaps and maidens that often throw up some exciting horses. You only have to look to last year to find Quadrilateral, who went on to win a Group 1 at Newmarket at the end of the season.” 

The valuable Ebor Meeting at York on Wednesday August 19 to Saturday August 22 is another to benefit from the enhanced coverage with ITV1 covering five races on each of the four days.

Horse racing fans in London and the south east as set to further benefit from coverage of the two-day meeting at Sandown on Saturday August 22 and Sunday August 23, where four races will be televised each day on ITV1 (Saturday) and ITV3 (Sunday).

A full schedule of horse racing coverage on terrestrial TV can be viewed at https://www.itv.com/racing/articles/schedule-next-live-racing-on-itv

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