10 has poached racing expert Francesca Cumani from Seven for its Melbourne Cup Carnival, screening later this year.
The daughter of English trainer Luca Cumani, she made her TV debut in 2009 and has co-hosted ITV’s racing coverage in the UK and previously hosted Winning Post and Espanol’s Al Galope on CNN International.
“The Melbourne Cup Carnival is one of the world’s great racing events and I’m thrilled to be part of 10’s broadcast team. It was the very first Carnival I worked on in my television career and it holds a very special place in my heart. I’m really looking forward to continuing my association with the Carnival and to helping 10 take race day coverage to new heights,” she said.
Matt White, Network 10 Head of Sport, said: “Australian audiences love Francesca and we love the fact she’s joined the 10 sport team. Francesca will be key to everything we do on-air across the four days of the Melbourne Cup Carnival. She brings a unique blend of energy, experience and knowledge to our coverage. It’s a fabulous fit.”
10’s coverage of the Melbourne Cup Carnival covers Victoria Derby Day, Oaks Day, Stakes Day and Melbourne Cup Day.