Seven in new racing deal to 2027

New deal with Racing Victoria, Racing NSW, Racing Qld & Racing SA will ensure live racing every Saturday of the year.

The Seven Network has announced a new deal in horse racing which will see live coverage every Saturday of the year.

Seven has partnered with Racing Victoria, Racing NSW, Racing Queensland and Racing SA until 2027.

Amongst the highlights are:

NSW – every Group 1 and feature race, highlighted by the Golden Slipper, The Championships, The Everest and Golden Eagle
Victoria – the very best of Melbourne’s time-honoured events headlined by the All-Star Mile, Caulfield Guineas, Caulfield Cup and Cox Plate
Queensland – the Summer and Winter Carnivals, featuring the highly coveted Queensland Oaks, Queensland Derby and Stradbroke Handicap
South Australia – the May Carnival and the jewels in its crown, the South Australian Derby, South Australian Oaks and Goodwood Handicap.

Seven West Media Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, James Warburton, said: “Seven has a long and proud history of bringing horse racing to Australian television viewers and I’m very pleased to announce this innovative, comprehensive long-term agreement.

“It is great news for Seven, our partners, the fans and horse racing in general, and it reinforces our position as the home of the best sport on television, all live and free.”

Legendary broadcaster Bruce McAvaney, said: “It’s a landmark deal for racing in this country. To be able to share with all Australians the excitement and colour of the race track every week, on free -to-air television, is a dream come true.

“It feels unifying; the culmination of all within the sport pulling together to k eep going despite the constant challenges of the pandemic.

“For 7SPORT , it continues a tradition that goes back five decades and more to the legendary Bill Collins, to the delights of Winx and her connections , and now opens up the chance to showcase to the widest possible audience the great moments to come.”

Managing Director Seven Melbourne and Head of Network Sport, Lewis Martin, said: “ This is a significant moment in Australian sport, bringing together the very best of Australian thoroughbred racing all year round on Seven.

“Horse racing is part of our nation’s sporting DNA and has provided some of the most iconic moments in our proud history.

“We thank all those involved in this agreement for their vision in enabling us to take this ground-breaking leap for Australian thoroughbred racing. The primary beneficiaries will be the fans, owners, participants and a celebration of the beautiful animal that underpins the sport of racing, the horse.”

4 Responses

  1. As I have said numerous times before Racing has its own channel. We do not need or want it on the main channel thanks. Gambling is a terrible thing and the less of it on television the better.

  2. Does anyone know the economics of this? I realize it’s mostly during weekend days when often they would otherwise be showing old movies and most likely, seven are not paying for the production/filming etc. but I would guess there is very limited interest from viewers and sponsors……I like horse racing but only when I’m track side….watching on tv seems a little tragic to me.

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