August 30, 2018 at 15:31 #1365230
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Yeah, Phil, the extra Flat meetings from Ireland on big Jumping days will be unwelcome and ought to go on the website only. I don’t think there is an option for Jumps or Flat only membership. What RUK really need to do is have two channels, basically one for Flat and one for Jumps but when there are a lot of meetings on the same day the Irish meetings could be shown on the second channel. Therefore, in the summer when there are, say, 5 British Flat meetings, 1 British Jumps, 2 Irish Flat and 1 Irish Jumps, the 5 British Flat could be shown on one channel and the 4 other meetings on the second channel. For £25 per month it’s called giving people a choice. Won’t happen though. Next year I may well cancel my subscription for four months in the summer and rejoin. I’m going to weigh things up when I’ve seen what SSR is like and against various other online sports packages I have.
Meanwhile, RUK has responded to Forristal’s article (courtesy The Guardian):
“Responding to the Racing Post piece, a Racing UK spokesman tells me his company values this chance to “showcase the stories” of the Flat and jump-racing seasons, with so much quality British and Irish racing on its schedule. “Racing UK, SIS and Horse Racing Ireland have been working closely over the summer to ensure minimum congestion and clashes on race fixtures and times,” he said.
“The channel will devote more on-air coverage, dedicated Irish features, previews and analysis shows to ensure it receives the prominence it merits. Viewers will also enjoy Irish racing at a far reduced latency [meaning delay from live] with less advertising than they’re used to.” Further new elements are promised for later in the year.”
Increased cooperation is good, however, RUK has said nothing here it hasn’t said already and the emphasis on quality continues to suggest that minor Irish meetings will be online only on busy days.August 30, 2018 at 16:24 #1365236
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I’d be happy with all minor meetings being online (GB as well as I).value is everythingSeptember 2, 2018 at 00:55 #1367963
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What was the point of buying the Irish racing and not show it. There doesn’t seem any joined up thinking at ruk and the decision to go with them seems more flawed by the day.September 2, 2018 at 08:49 #1368351
@mickeyjp to stop the other channel from showing it, RUK have a history of buying rights then not bothering with them just to keep up the silly feud with ATR.
In the same way neither channel can even show a clip of the other channels courses and the silly rivalry that has gone on since the day both channels started instead of working together for the interests of the sport.
Another example Luke Harvey used to report from the car park at Cheltenham because RUK won’t let them into the course to broadcast even though they wouldn’t show any races.
Both channels have always been childish with each other.September 2, 2018 at 12:09 #1368365
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This coming Saturday RUK have to squeeze in Ascot,Kempton,Haydock,Stratford &Thirsk ,it just as well they haven’t got to show the 2 Irish meetings yet.September 12, 2018 at 21:54 #1373748
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I’m fairly happy with this, however, I can understand why people are annoyed at the loss of full blanket coverage of Irish racing on TV (especially as ATR will become Sky Sports Racing) and why folk are criticising HRI’s decision. I think RUK is the superior channel but many don’t and, with too much racing to show, will RUK remain the ‘best’ in the face of SSR which will reach more customers?:September 13, 2018 at 09:27 #1373768
Irish fxtures announced including a few more blank Sundays than this year and earlier evening meeting finish times and fixtures for the year slightly reduced. Seems RUK getting a little less for all that money they paid for it. ;)September 13, 2018 at 14:35 #1373798
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British racing should follow the Irish example. The majority of Sunday racing is garbage, and I’m sure stable staff would be pleased to get home at a reasonable time rather than having to hang around for the 9.30 at Kempton Park etc.September 13, 2018 at 15:40 #1373810
@philwalker the uk are following suit and all weather racing will have time restricitons imposed I think it’s 8.30pm as the last race to improve staff welbeing.September 14, 2018 at 17:52 #1373906
Not only RUK that have issues with too many fixtures tomorrow the bozos who orgainse the fixtures have stuck Doncaster between Listowel (jumps) and Lingfield which, with 5 minutes seperating all races during the afternoon could mean Doncaster being split screen all afternoon.
Doesn’t someone who organises this get a little lightbulb in their head and think there’s a jump card 5 minutes before the feature meeting all afternoon this is likely to clash?
2m4f race 5 mins before the St Leger they have no clue.December 1, 2018 at 11:57 #1387673
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Rebranded channel announced this morning.December 1, 2018 at 12:24 #1387681
I didn’t expect Gary O’Brien to jump ship but clearly they must have offered him enough money, Kevin O’Ryan will just like getting his mug on any channel.December 1, 2018 at 12:27 #1387682
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Not many surprises for me in this announcement – all sounds good but the proof of the pudding is in the eating so it will be interesting to see how it all plays out.
The Ruby issue is interesting for many thinking this is the proof that he is getting ready to hang it up but he is already an existing RacingUK ambassador and (in the immediate future) I don’t see his role changing that much from what he is already doing except that you will most likely now see more of him during the flat season.
My guess is that he is probably taking the approach that Richard Dunwoody did as he got older in picking quality rides over quantity to extend his career with the TV stuff being put in place for when he does retire.December 1, 2018 at 12:45 #1387691
Ruby has never hidden his dislike of ATR and love of RUK he was publicly vocal when the last rights came up and wanted the Irish to goto Setanta and RUK to set up an irish channel.December 1, 2018 at 15:08 #1387745
Racing TV’s bland new logo already on display at Fairyhouse and on some jockey’s strips today.
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