HRI Boosts Horse Racing Coverage Through RTÉ Agreement

Horse Racing Ireland (HRI) has secured a new broadcasting agreement with Raidió Teilifís Éireann (RTÉ) to boost sport coverage, marking the return of racing.

As part of the agreement, RTÉ confirmed that a series of new one-hour evening programmes will be launched in June and early July, on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Hugh Cahill will present reporting with guest analysts who will join guests Jane Mangan, Ted Walsh and Ruby Walsh.

RTÉ Head of Sport Declan McBennett added: “Live Sport is an integral part of Irish life and RTÉ Sport is delighted that it is returning across all RTÉ platforms. For everything that it brings in terms of physical exercise, mental wellbeing, social and community cohesion and economic stimulation the benefit of sport will again be appreciated by all.

“Horse Racing in this country is a key component of that and Horse Racing Ireland are to be commended for getting racing back in a safe and responsible manner.”

Irish racing was given the green light earlier this month to return behind closed doors, with fixtures allowed from 8 June.

Only key staff needed to operate the fixture will be allowed to be on-site in compliance with government guidelines, and will be subject to a health survey and thermal temperature screening upon entry.

HRI chief executive Brian Kavanagh said: “RTÉ has always been very supportive of racing in Ireland and today’s announcement confirms that commitment. The new one-hour evening programmes are an opportunity for Irish racing to attract people to our sport and educate those new fans on what makes racing so exciting.

“We appreciate the flexibility shown by the RTÉ team around the new dates for the Irish Guineas in June and really look forward to their live coverage of our opening Classics, as well as this new departure.”