Greyhound Racing Extends UK Protection Through RPGTV Channel


Greyhound racing will enormously increase its UK protection, as on Saturday 6 February, the devoted ‘RPGTV’ channel of the Racing Put up will make its first daytime broadcast.

Ladbrokes’ Golden Jacket

RPGTV will air a full day of greyhound races, beginning with protection at Crayford Park of the Ladbrokes’ Golden Jacket, adopted by the Shelbourne Gold Cup’s full night racing programme.

Ladbrokes Golden Jacket was an everyday at Crayford Park (Dartford) on Saturday morning, being first staged at Harringay throughout the Nineteen Seventies for over 30 years, when it sporadically appeared on ITV as a horse-racing substitute.

‘Probably the most precious off-course betting competitors’

Ladbrokes Golden Jacket returns as a morning occasion often known as “essentially the most precious off-course betting competitors” for UK greyhounds following a four-year flirtation with a night schedule ending in 2019.

Solely in earlier years has RPGTV protection been restricted to the primary spherical, however all the competitors will now be lined in its entirety on three consecutive Saturday nights, 6, 13 and 20 February.

Conventional Saturday morning slot

Ian Smyth, Director of Racing for Crayford mentioned: “We’re delighted that the extension of RPGTV’s protection means we’ve been in a position to retain the standard Saturday morning slot for the Golden Jacket.

“Present circumstances imply betting retailers shall be unable to offer protection this yr, however this announcement ensures that an excellent and long-standing occasion stays accessible to all.”

“The staying division has thrown up some improbable racing within the final 12 months and we’re certain to see some stars at Crayford within the build-up over the subsequent two Saturday evenings and the next Saturday morning when the principle occasion kicks off.”

‘Finest Automotive Parks Gold Cup’

The February schedule of RPGTV will additional endorse unique protection at Shelbourne Park Dublin of the ‘Finest Automotive Parks Gold Cup’.

The Gold Cup, first staged in 1998, is remembered as an Irish traditional of greyhounds, having begun the careers of the legendary champions Paul Hennessy’s Late Late Present (2001) and the late Seamus Graham’s Mineola Farloe (2006).

Greyhound Racing Eire Chief Government Ger Dollard has established RPGTV protection as a significant goal for the game.

“I’m delighted that the ‘Finest Automotive Parks Gold Cup‘ from Shelbourne Park is the primary Irish greyhound racing competitors to be featured stay on RPGTV in 2021. It guarantees to be a wonderful evening of racing and we’re delighted to be delivering stay aggressive greyhound racing from Eire,” he remarked.

Vital milestone

In the meantime, Kevan Moretti, RPGTV’s Chairman and Chief Government Officer, described morning races as a major milestone for the TV scheduling and protection of Greyhound racing, through which the channel has made a significant funding in partaking wider audiences.

Moretti mentioned: “RPGTV powers on with a set of prime class racing within the first week of its new Excessive-definition transmission platform being launched, and there are additional bulletins nonetheless to return.  Breaking into daytime racing protection is one other first and we stay up for our viewers relishing RPGTV’s increasing schedule.

“Following on from RPGTV’s protection of the Irish Derby final yr we’re delighted to have racing back-on from Shelbourne Park that includes as a Saturday night characteristic within the first week of our HD output.

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