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28 Au­gust

At The Races, the UK-based horse rac­ing chan­nel, and SIS, the broad­cast pro­duc­tion firm, re­tained rights to horse rac­ing in Ire­land af­ter sign­ing a new three-year deal. The agree­ment with Horse Rac­ing Ire­land, the sport’s gov­ern­ing body in Ire­land, and the As­so­ci­a­tion of Ir­ish Race­courses, the body that rep­re­sents the 26 horse race­course own­ers in Ire­land, runs from 2014 to 2016. At The Races will have ex­clu­sive world­wide multi-plat­form rights to all Ir­ish fix­tures, al­though ex­clud­ing rights for li­censed bet­ting of­fices, while SIS re­tained all do­mes­tic and in­ter­na­tional bet­ting shop rights.

15 July

Chan­nel 4, the UK free-to-air com­mer­cial broad­caster, com­pleted a three-year deal to show the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Tri­om­phe, French horse rac­ing’s most pres­ti­gious event. The deal for live cov­er­age of the 2013 race and be­yond came af­ter Chan­nel 4 and other lead­ing UK free-to-air broad­cast­ers de­cided against pick­ing up the rights to last year’s race. How­ever, fol­low­ing the deal with rights-holder France Galop, the French horse rac­ing gov­ern­ing body, Chan­nel 4 is not only show­ing the Prix de l’Arc de Tri­om­phe, but also a se­lec­tion of sup­port races from Longchamp on Oc­to­ber 6. Chan­nel 4 last broad­cast France’s top race in 2001 and the event has tra­di­tion­ally been shown by the BBC, the pub­lic-ser­vice broad­caster which last year lost its re­main­ing UK horse rac­ing rights from 2013 to 2016 to Chan­nel 4.

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