RACING: Investec Derby 2013 – Live on Channel 4

May 26, 2013

Britain’s richest horse race – the Investec Derby, considered the most prestigious of the UK’s five classics – returns to Channel 4 for the first time in 13 years.

Dating back to 1780, the Epsom Derby is still ranked the greatest flat race in the world and with winnings of £1.25m it has one of the biggest prize pots in UK racing, matched only by the prestige that victory on the famous course brings.

Ten live races will be broadcast on Channel 4 over the two days, featuring the Investec Oaks on Friday, May 31, followed by the blue-riband Investec Derby on Saturday, June 1, at 4.00pm.

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RACING: QIPCO Guineas Festival 2013 – Live on Channel 4

April 30, 2013

The historic QIPCO Guineas Festival at Newmarket sees a selection of Europe’s finest racehorses going head-to-head over the Rowley Mile in the famous 1,000 and 2,000 Guineas races, live on Channel 4 Racing.

This year’s festival is set to be even bigger than ever as the racecourse celebrates the 200th running of the 1,000 Guineas, one of British racing’s five Classics.

Providing the annual curtain raiser for the new Flat season, the 2,000 and 1,000 Guineas kicks off the 2013 QIPCO British Champions Series and represents a great opportunity to capitalise on the buzz of a new season.

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SPORTS VIEW: Channel 4 Racing at the Grand National… Encore!

April 8, 2013

SOTB’s regular contributor Vernon Grant has his say on Channel 4’s first ever Grand National broadcast.

After almost 30 years in the business, Channel 4 took over as the home of horse racing on free-to-air television at the beginning of 2013, bringing to an end the BBC’s 60-year reign on the sport’s crown jewel events, including the Aintree showpiece.

Since 1980, Vernon has been a producer of a number of televised sports programmes for major broadcasters, including Sky Sports, ITV and Channel 4, as well as several independent production companies.

He now runs the sports betting website VG Tips and here he gives us his unique and informed take on how Channel 4 handled their first attempt at the covering ‘The People’s Race’.

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RACING: Channel 4 launches ‘Horse Tracker’ app

April 5, 2013

Channel 4 has launched a brand new second screen app which for the first time will allow viewers to track the position and speed of the horses in the John Smith’s Grand National.

As part of its commitment to broadcast the showpiece event for the first time in 2013, Channel 4 has introduced this ground-breaking innovation to bring viewers even closer to the world’s most famous horse race at Aintree this year.

The free Channel 4 Horse Tracker app is available to download immediately from the Apple App Store while a non-synchronised version of tracker will also be available online via the Channel 4 website.

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RACING: Grand National 2013 – Live on Channel 4

March 28, 2013

The biggest test for racehorse and jockey awaits the runners of the world’s most famous horse race – the John Smith’s Grand National – live for the first time ever on Channel 4.

Known as the ‘People’s Race’, it captures the hearts and the imagination of inveterate racing fans and once-a-year viewers alike.

At four-and-a-half miles it is a marathon horse race in the extreme, severely testing the partnership between jockey and horse as they strive to clear 30 fences and negotiate two circuits of the famous Aintree course on their way to sporting immortality.

Channel 4 will broadcast the 2013 edition of the nation’s favourite horse race live on Saturday, April 6, as well as extensive coverage of all three days of the Aintree meeting (April 4-6), plus a range of support programming building up to the world’s most iconic horse race.

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RACING: Dubai World Cup 2013 – Live on Channel 4 & Sky Sports

March 27, 2013

Some of the world’s finest runners and riders descend on the luxurious Meydan Racecourse to take part in the richest horse race in the world – the $10million Dubai World Cup.

Channel 4 will broadcast a special programme featuring live coverage of the 18th Dubai World Cup, along with selected races from Meydan in the main Channel 4 Racing programme on Saturday afternoon (March 30), while all eight races on the Meydan card will sbe hown as they happen on Sky Sports 4.

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RACING: Channel 4 stages horse race through streets of Liverpool to promote Grand National coverage

March 19, 2013

Liverpool’s iconic city centre is the backdrop for a horse race as Channel 4 filmed a brand new marketing campaign ahead of its first ever Grand National, featuring a 10 horse race through the streets of the city.

Ahead of the 2013 John Smith’s Grand National meeting which takes place on April 4-6, the race featured horses and jockeys racing through the streets around Everton Park in the city – including jumping through back gardens, allotments; over cars and picnic benches.

Over 50 hours of footage was captured from 25 cameras that has been encapsulated into a 90-second trailer which premiered on all Channel 4 networks (C4, E4, More4 and Film4) at 9.00pm on Tuesday, March 19.

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RACING: ‘Jump Boys’ – Documentary on Channel 4

March 5, 2013

Ahead of the 2013 Cheltenham Festival, Channel 4 will screen a candid documentary that explores the extraordinary lives and bravery of National Hunt jockeys.

Three of Ireland’s top jockeys, Ruby Walsh, Barry Geraghty and Davy Russell, allowed exclusive fly-on-the-wall access to their National Hunt season from November 2011 to April 2012.

The one-hour Jump Boys documentary, narrated by Alastair Down, gives viewers an in-depth, no-holds-barred glimpse into one of the toughest professions in world sport.

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RACING: Cheltenham Festival 2013 – Live on Channel 4

February 27, 2013

Twenty thrilling races and over 20 hours of live action featuring the world’s best jump jockeys and horses will be televised live on Channel 4 from the 2013 Cheltenham Festival.

Jump racing’s greatest festival to provide four days of magic, madness and magnificence, played out on a stage framed by the breathtaking vista of the Cotswold Hills.

The 2013 edition runs from March 12-15 and Channel 4 will have extensive coverage of the first major meeting on the British racing calendar, led for the first time by Clare Balding and the new on-air team.

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SPORTS VIEW: New Channel 4 Racing team more Real Madrid than Barcelona as new show takes first stride

January 6, 2013

Sport On The Box is delighted to welcome its first regular contributor to the website – Vernon Grant.

Since 1980, Vernon has been a producer of a number of televised sports programmes for major broadcasters, including Sky Sports, ITV and Channel 4, as well as several independent production companies.

He now runs the sports betting website www.vgtips.co.uk, and will give SOTB his unique and informed take on a number of topics and issues related to sports broadcasting both past and present.

Vernon begins his new regular column by reviewing the opening transmissions of the new-look Channel 4 Racing, which relaunched on New Year’s Day with Clare Balding and Nick Luck heading up the refreshed on-air team.

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RACING: King George VI Chase – Live on Channel 4

December 24, 2012

Long Run heads a field of 10 horses declared for Boxing Day’s traditional King George VI Chase at Kempton Park with all the action live on Channel 4.

Jump racing legend Kauto Star and jockey Ruby Walsh thrilled the vast Kempton Park crowds 12 months ago to claim an historic fifth King George victory.

With Kauto having recently been retired and so many young contenders coming through, a new King of Kempton will be crowned in the famous race on Boxing Day, which is part of the first day of the two-day William Hill Winter Festival meeting.

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