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Sky Sports Racing News not worth watching

What’s happened to the morning bulletins on Sky Sports Racing News? When At The Races ran the show, it was informative and had phone interviews with trainers. Now it lasts just six minutes and is not worth watching.

Worse still, it is no longer a real racing service. I don’t expect the channel to say much about the tracks on Racing TV. However, At The Races at least paid lip service by stating they were taking place and gave the going for each. Sky Racing News says nothing about them. Not a word. No mention whatsoever of Monday’s Irish card at Leopardstown or Tuesday’s at Exeter. Were they on? Had they been abandoned?  We had no idea. For a so-called racing channel, that’s pathetic. Maybe it’s a case of sour grapes because Sky Sports Racing lost the Irish coverage this year.

Sky Sports Racing extends US coverage

The one good piece of news is that Stateside, its American programme, no longer cuts off at 11pm at weekends for ‘Sky Sports News’. It now runs until 1am so it can show the late races from Santa Anita.  Let’s face it, there’s hardly been a British race worth watching on Sky Sports Racing so far this year, so it was a strange decision to not show the best of the West Coast action.

What about those small fields?

Trainers are once again complaining about low prize money at Arc tracks. Sky Sports Racing aren’t saying much on the subject, but then all the Arc courses are on their channel. The boycott of Arc tracks has resulted in just 17 declarations at Lingfield and 27 at Fontwell on Wednesday and 20 at Southwell on Thursday. This does nothing to benefit the sport.

Ironically, Kelso put on a card worth £163,000 on Saturday and got a total of 33 runners. “Oh,” the trainers will bleat, “but they’re not the right sort of races.”

Hmm. As they say, go figure.


About Chris Pitt

Chris Pitt is a racing historian and freelance journalist. He has written three books including 'A Long Time Gone', chronicling Britain's lost racecourses, and 'Go Down to the Beaten', stories of jockeys who didn't win the Grand National. He founded the Midlands Racing Club and was formerly racing correspondent for BBC Radio WM.

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