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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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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GOLF: Masters Tournament 2013 – Live coverage on BBC Sport & Sky Sports

April 5, 2013

Golf’s finest go head-to-head for the coveted Masters green jacket at the majestic August National course and you can follow all of the action on Sky Sports and BBC Television.

All four days of the 2013 Augusta showpiece, which takes place April 11-14 – as well as the pre-tournament Par 3 contest – will be shown live on Sky Sports HD, with live free-to-air coverage of the final two rounds on BBC Two and BBC Two HD.

Fans will be hoping for a repeat of the nail-biting excitement of last year where American Bubba Watson ensured he was the man heading to the Butler Cabin to collect his green jacket after winning a nail-biting play-off against former Open champion Louis Oosthuizen.

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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: 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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FOOTBALL: Jason Mohammad announced as new presenter of BBC’s Final Score

January 25, 2013

Jason Mohammad will replace Gabby Logan as the regular presenter of the BBC’s Final Score.

The Welsh presenter, who has worked on a variety of sports programmes during the last decade for BBC Wales, as well as BBC Sport’s rugby union and Olympics coverage, will take over the reigns of the corporation’s football results service full-time from the start of the 2013/14 season.

It has also been confirmed that Mohammad will replace Rishi Persad as the BBC’s secondary snooker presenter, starting with the 2013 World Championships in April.

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