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The loss of premium thoroughbred racing channel TVN had looked set to end regular standalone coverage of gallops racing, but Tabcorp’s Sky Racing has stepped in to announce a new thoroughbred-only channel to launch on Golden Slipper Day.
Sky’s new Thoroughbred Central will replace Sky Racing World, and will join Sky Racing 1 and Sky Racing 2 in their three channel portfolio, and will be available on Foxtel’s base package for no extra charge.
In a media release, Sky has said Thoroughbred Central will take broadcasting of thoroughbred racing to “new heights”.
Sky has committed to combining what gallops punters had loved about previous thoroughbred-only offerings and support that with boutique camera angles and graphical innovation.
Sky has also added to their regular line up of presenters with the recruitment of noted racing presenters Caroline Searcy and Brent Zerafa. Gina Harding, from Channel 4’s At the Races will join the coverage during The Championships.
Premier race caller Darren Flindell has moved from Hong Kong after 16-years in the role to become the chief Sydney race caller. Flindell’s last-call before returning to Sydney was the Group 1 Hong Kong Derby at Sha Tin.
Gerard Patane, General Manager Sky Racing Channels, said: “The decision to rebrand our thoroughbred-only channel reflects the recently announced 10-year deal with Racing NSW and the Australian Turf Club. It was important to create a look and feel immediately identifiable and recognisable in the marketplace.”
The first telecast will be Saturday 21 March for the running of Golden Slipper Day from Rosehill Gardens.
Sky Thoroughbred Central will also be available on both Sky Racing and TAB’s digital channels in “coming weeks”.