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New deal for ITV to show British racing until 2026


ITV have agreed a new three-year deal to show exclusive, free-to-air coverage of British horseracin­g until the end of 2026.

The deal will mean more than 100 days of live coverage across ITV1 and ITV4 each year — all simulcast on ITVX — along with morning racing programme The Opening Show. The Grand National, the Cheltenham Festival, Royal Ascot and the Derby all feature.

Terrestria­l TV coverage of British racing is seen as an invaluable shop window for the sport. ITV returned to broadcasti­ng British meetings in 2017.

Nevin Truesdale, CeO of Cheltenham’s owner, the Jockey Club, said: ‘We at the Jockey Club love working with the ITV Racing team to showcase the sport. We’re really looking forward to continuing to do that.’ Niall Sloane, ITV director of sport, added: ‘This deal will take us to a decade of racing on ITV and we’re delighted to bring to viewers well over 100 days of live coverage.’

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