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Sky Sports Racing to launch, adding to portfolio of individual channels on Sky Sports

Sky Sports signs 10-year deal to add Chester and Bangor-on-Dee to new channel

Runners and riders in the 188Bet Chester Cup Handicap during day one of the Chester May Festival.
Image: Chester Racecourse will be part of the new Sky Sports Racing channel

Sky Sports is adding a channel dedicated to horse racing to its portfolio which will also include coverage from Chester and Bangor.

Adding to the individual sport channels launched in 2017, Sky Sports Racing will replace At The Races and will be available to all Sky TV customers in the United Kingdom and Ireland at no added cost.

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The channel will be available in HD for the first time and be produced from Sky Studios in West London, featuring live coverage of over 650 fixtures in the United Kingdom as well as high-quality exclusive international race meetings.

To add to the channel's list of courses ahead of launch, a 10-year deal with Chester Race Company has been signed to bring coverage from Chester - the oldest racecourse in the UK - and Bangor-on-Dee from March 2019.

Chester's highlights include the Boodles May meeting, which saw the subsequent winners of the Derby, Oaks, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes and the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe all racing in 2017.

Managing Director of Sky Sports Barney Francis said: "We've seen a great reaction from our customers to launching dedicated sports channels and this takes us to another level.

"Horse racing is a massive sport that Sky has been involved in for two decades, now we will have a channel to give our customers more of what they love every day.

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"Adding Chester and Bangor-on-Dee is fantastic news and we look forward to making Sky Sports Racing a new home for racing fans."

BANGOR, WALES - OCTOBER 31: Horses gallop during The Order Timeform Jumps Horses to Follow Handicap Hurdle Race at Bangor-On-Dee Racecourse on October 31, 2017 in Bangor, Wales. (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)
Image: Bangor-on-Dee is also joining Sky Sports Racing from March 2019

Chester Race Company chief executive Richard Thomas said: "We're delighted to announce this new deal and long-term partnership. We believe it secures a positive and exciting future for Chester and Bangor-on-Dee Racecourses and fits squarely with our values and ambitions.

"We know Sky Sports will move the dial in the way our racing is covered but more than that we are excited by the prospect of how we can communicate and promote racing and the Chester brand further.

"We see real value in what the partnership can bring across TV, digital and social media, for us and for our sponsor partners. There is a lot of crossover between our core audiences and an opportunity to extend our reach more broadly via the Sky family of channels including Sky Sports News. We will be working very closely with the teams at Sky Sports and ATR in what will be a genuinely collaborative relationship."

Enable winning the Cheshire Oaks at Chester in 2017
Image: Enable won the Cheshire Oaks at Chester in 2017 and went on to take Oaks, King George and Arc de Triomphe

At The Races chief executive Matthew Imi added: "We very much look forward to working with Richard and his excellent teams at Chester and Bangor-on-Dee.

"The Boodles May Festival at Chester is a true highlight of the UK racing calendar and both tracks are very well supported and respected within the industry as well as being truly progressive in their outlook.

"Also, there is no better home for our new channel production facility than Sky Sports' studios which are the best in the business and we believe Sky Sports Racing is set to be a game changer for racing. Later this year we look forward to presenting our plans in more detail to the major constituents in our sport and racing fans more generally."

Sky Sports Racing, the eleventh dedicated sports channel, will be available on TV and on mobile through Sky GO for the first time, allowing customers to watch the channel in ways that suit them.

It joins the dedicated sports channels that were launched last summer, Sky Sports Premier League, Sky Sports Football, Sky Sports F1®, Sky Sports Golf and Sky Sports Cricket, alongside Action and Arena, Main Event, Sky Sports News and Sky Sports Mix.

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