Greyhound racing will considerably enhance its UK protection, because the Racing Publish’s devoted ‘RPGTV’ channel will make its first daytime broadcast on Saturday 6 February.
RPGTV will broadcast a full day of greyhound races, beginning with protection of the Ladbrokes ‘Golden Jacket’ at Crayford Park, adopted by the complete night schedule of racing of the Shelbourne Gold Cup.
Ladbrokes Golden Jacket has been a Saturday morning staple at Crayford Park (Dartford), for over 30 years having first been staged at Harringay in the course of the Nineteen Seventies when it sporadically featured as a horse-racing substitute on ITV.
Following a four-year flirtation with a night schedule which resulted in 2019, Ladbrokes Golden Jacket returns as a morning occasion recognised as ‘probably the most worthwhile off-course betting competitors’ for UK greyhounds.
RPGTV protection has been restricted to the primary spherical solely in earlier years however the entire competitors will now be coated in its entirety on three consecutive Saturday mornings, February 6, 13 and 20.
“We’re delighted that the extension of RPGTV’s protection means we’ve been capable of retain the standard Saturday morning slot for the Golden Jacket.” mentioned Ian Smyth, Director of Racing for Crayford.
“Present circumstances imply betting retailers can be unable to offer protection this 12 months, however this announcement ensures that a terrific and long-standing occasion stays accessible to all.”
“The staying division has thrown up some unbelievable racing within the final 12 months and we’re positive to see some stars at Crayford within the build-up over the following two Saturday evenings and the next Saturday morning when the primary occasion kicks off.”
RPGTV’s February schedule can be additional supported unique protection of the ‘Finest Automobile Parks Gold Cup’ at Shelbourne Park Dublin.
First staged in 1998, the Gold Cup is recognised as an Irish greyhounds traditional having launched the careers of legendary winners Paul Hennessy’s Late Late Present (2001) and the late Seamus Graham’s Mineola Farloe (2006).
Ger Dollard, Chief Govt of Greyhound Racing Eire, marked RPGTV protection as a serious goal for the game
“I’m delighted that the ‘Finest Automobile 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 superb night time of racing and we’re delighted to be delivering stay aggressive greyhound racing from Eire.” Dollard remarked.
In the meantime, Kevan Moretti, Chairman and Chief Govt Officer of RPGTV described morning races as a serious breakthrough for Greyhound racing’s TV scheduling and protection, wherein the channel has made a major funding to have interaction wider audiences.
“RPGTV powers on with a set of high 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 look ahead to our viewers relishing RPGTV’s increasing schedule”. Moretti commented:
“Following on from RPGTV’s protection of the Irish Derby final 12 months 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.