Sky hangs on to live sport with horse racing coverage
Sky, the pay-television broadcaster in the UK, will continue to show live horse racing this weekend and over the next few weeks, despite the coronavirus pandemic having shut down much of the sporting landscape.
Sky announced it has rights in the UK to show live action from Florida, Hong Kong and Australia over the coming days, and the action will also be available via attheraces.com, which supplies betting operators with live streaming services.
Horse racing has been one of the few sports to keep events going over the last few weeks, as the rest of the sporting world has shut down en masse in areas affected by the virus. However, racing is presently suspended in the UK.
Sky will show the Florida Derby on Saturday, worth $750,000 to the winner, as well as all live events from Hong Kong every Wednesday and Sunday over the next month, in the build-up to the Champions Mile on 28 April.
In addition to this, Sky will cover Australian horse racing from Sydney this Sunday, featuring the Tancred Stakes at Rosehill.
Rob Dakin, head of racing at Sky Sports, said: “While we are without UK racing over the coming weeks, we still have some exciting stories to cover from around the world… We will be aiming to maintain the conversation within the sport and bring viewers live action where we can.”
In addition to its horse racing output, attheraces.com has now launched a new site, entirely dedicated to greyhound racing, which will supply betting operators in the UK with coverage of events from Australia, New Zealand and USA.