Seven and Racing Victoria announce new broadcast agreement

The Seven Network and Racing Victoria have today announced a five-year extension of their broadcast partnership, cementing Seven’s standing as the Home of Racing and ensuring sports fans continue to enjoy unprecedented access to thoroughbred racing year-round.

In continuing its long-standing partnership with Racing Victoria, Seven will broadcast 21 feature days of elite Victorian thoroughbred racing each year, while Racing.com coverage will continue to be broadcast on Channel 78 up to and including 2025.

The agreement means Seven will continue to bring fans the very best thoroughbred racing throughout Australia LIVE and FREE, including Melbourne’s hallowed Spring Racing Carnival in the months ahead.

Seven’s premium raceday coverage will resume on Saturday 29 August, on what is the official opening day of the 2020 Spring Racing Carnival with the Group 1 Memsie Stakes at Caulfield.

Seven West Media Managing Director and CEO James Warburton commented:

“We welcome this important agreement with Racing Victoria. It represents another opportunity for Seven to deliver Australian audiences premium sport, adding to our extensive portfolio of sports programming. I’d like to thank Racing Victoria for this significant and continuing partnership.”

Managing Director Seven Melbourne and Head of Network Sport Lewis Martin added:

“Seven and Racing Victoria have been bound together for so long by our mutual love of thoroughbred racing and this new agreement is a demonstration of true partnership and the value of it. Together we remain committed to growing the sport of racing and ensuring its long-term health throughout Australia.”

Australia’s pre-eminent broadcaster Bruce McAvaney, who will continue to lead Seven’s racing coverage, said:

“Racing’s resilience has already been fully tested this year and its ability to connect with the Australian public has been reinforced.  The Seven Network’s relationship with the sport in Victoria is enduring. It’s a legacy built up by broadcasting legends Bill Collins and Ron Casey and their standards have set the platform for our current on and off-air racing team. Personally, to be a part of that continuing tradition is a career highlight.”

Racing Victoria CEO Giles Thompson commented:

“We’re delighted to announce a five-year extension of our broadcast agreement with Seven, who have and will continue to be wonderful supporters of thoroughbred racing. This is a fantastic partnership and we’re excited to be working with the team at Seven to continue building that so that sporting and racing fans remain the winners, enjoying entertaining and informative broadcasts of Victorian racing. Most importantly this agreement underpins and strengthens the future of the industry-owned Racing.com and the pivotal role it plays in showcasing Victorian racing each and every day to the nation as Australia’s only 24/7 free-to-air sporting channel. This is wonderful news for racing fans and keen punters across Australia.”

Racing.com CEO Andrew Catterall commented:

“We are delighted that Racing.com will continue to be broadcast every day of the week free-to-air nationally on Channel 78 for the next five years. This is a vote of confidence in the team at Racing.com and the role we play supporting the growth of the Victorian racing industry. With the ongoing support of Racing Victoria and Seven, we have now locked down year-round free-to-air distribution to 2025, providing a solid foundation for Racing.com to pursue new opportunities ahead.”

Racing.com is Australia’s only 24/7 free-to-air sporting channel, broadcasting Victorian and South Australian thoroughbred racing every day of the year. It also boasts a suite of insightful and entertaining magazine shows, while broadcasting a number of the biggest meetings in world racing, such as Royal Ascot.

The 21 feature Saturday racedays to be broadcast LIVE and FREE on Seven in the 2020-21 racing season are as follows (with those numbered 1-10 conducted during Spring and 11-21 during Autumn):

  1. Memsie Stakes – Caulfield
  2. Feehan Stakes – The Valley
  3. Makybe Diva Stakes – Flemington
  4. Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes – Caulfield
  5. Underwood Stakes – Caulfield
  6. Turnbull Stakes – Flemington
  7. Caulfield Guineas – Caulfield
  8. Caulfield Cup – Caulfield
  9. Cox Plate – The Valley
  10. Zipping Classic – Sandown
  11. C.F. Orr Stakes – Caulfield
  12. Black Caviar Lightning Stakes – Flemington
  13. Blue Diamond Stakes – Caulfield
  14. Australian Guineas – Flemington
  15. Australian Cup – Flemington
  16. The All-Star Mile – The Valley
  17. Mornington Cup – Mornington
  18. Golden Mile – Bendigo
  19. Easter Cup – Caulfield
  20. Caulfield Autumn Raceday – Caulfield
  21. Victorian Owners & Breeders Raceday – Caulfield
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