RACING: Welsh Grand National switches from BBC to Channel 4 after postponement

December 24, 2012

The Welsh Grand National meeting at Chepstow has been postponed until January 5 due to a waterlogged track.

Racecourse officials called an inspection on Christmas Eve following recent heavy rain, but with further downpours forecast in the coming days they were left with little option but to call off the meeting which was due to be run on December 27.

The Welsh National meeting was due to be the last televised racing broadcast by the BBC before exclusive terrestrial TV rights to UK horse racing transfers to Channel 4 from New Year’s Day.

With the race now being rescheduled, presenter Clare Balding confirmed on Twitter that Channel 4 will now cover the race as part of their programme on Saturday, January 5.

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RACING: Racing UK takes Ascot from At The Races

December 17, 2012

Racing UK will gain a hugely significant addition to its roster of televised tracks following a decision by Ascot to award them the broadcast rights for all events at the famous racecourse from June 2014.

The country’s premier venue, home to Royal Ascot every June, will link up with Racecourse Media Group, the parent company of Racing UK which already broadcasts action from the majority of the UK’s major racecourses, including Cheltenham, Aintree, Epsom, Newmarket, York and Goodwood.

The move is a significant setback for rival channel At The Races, which has held the rights to Ascot race meetings since 2004, and is now left with a portfolio mainly consisting of middle and low-grade courses.

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