Racing UK

Racing UK

Infobox TV channel
name= Racing UK
logofile=Racinguk.png logoalt=Racing UK logo
launch=01 September 2004
closed date=
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owner= Racing Post/ 31 UK racecourses
former names=| The Horse Racing Channel replaced names=| sister names=Racing World
web= []
availability note=
sat serv 1= Sky Digital
sat chan 1= Channel 432
sat serv 2=
sat chan 2=
cable serv 1= Virgin Media
cable chan 1= Channel 536
cable serv 2= UPC Ireland
cable chan 2= Channel 411
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Racing UK is a subscription-only channel airing horse racing from 30 UK courses. The 31 courses are effectively the owners of the channel [ [ Frequently Asked Questions] Racing UK website] which was launched in 2004 - after racecourses were given the freedom of their own broadcast rights. The other 28 UK courses (including seven owned by Arena Leisure) broadcast their races on At The Races.

Unusually, it does not appear in the BARB audience ratings or in the list of channels for Sky's EPG lineup on November 29, 2005. Channel 4 Racing features meetings from the Racing UK courses having signed a three-year contract which runs between January 1, 2007 and December 31, 2009 - the contract guarantees 80 days of racing each year on Channel 4 including Glorious Goodwood for the first time. [ [ Channel 4 contract signed] ]

Channel launch

The channel was originally broadcast as a programming block on Sky Channel 425 (iSport) when it launched on May 29, 2004 with 30 courses signed up. [ [ Launch of Racing UK] ] - it switched to its new home as a channel in its own right (432) on September 1, 2004. Wetherby became the 31st course to join the portfolio in October 2004. [ [ Weatherby signs to Racing UK] ]

Contracted courses

The list of the racecourses that are contracted to RUK are:
*Catterick Bridge
*Epsom Downs
*Hamilton Park
*Haydock Park
*Kempton Park
*Market Rasen
*Sandown Park

Racing World

A spin-off channel called "Racing World" was launched on March 8, 2006 [ [ Racing World launches] ] and features coverage from the United States including such courses as Arlington Park and Churchill Downs. This channel is now no longer available.

External links

* [ Official site]


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