Gigginstown House Stud’s Eddie O’Leary has claimed that Ireland is been treated like a second half citizen on Racing Channel Racing TV. He said that the coverage at Gowran Park was a disgrace in a an article on the racing post .O’Leary suggested another channel would be of great benefit and would help cater for Irish racing.
An example of why some people would feel this way like O’Leary was last Saturday in Gowran Park the mares handicap chase wasn’t even shown, additionally the begineers chase at the same venue was shown on a split screen. It was a big race on the card a grade 2 won by Monalee. This would anger me if I was paying £31 a month as well in fairness and I do see why people are getting angry about it .
O’Leary speaking to the Racing Post said “I usually go racing myself but couldn’t go on Saturday so was relying on Racing TV”. He went on to say further,”It was shocking, a disgrace.” He went on to say that he was at Navan on Sunday and that was all everyone was talking about “He said Ireland is been treated as a second class citizen and it is not good enough”. He noted what was the point in having the presenter such as Don McClean,Gary O’Brien, Kate Harrington and Kevin O’Ryan if you never hear them .”
O’Leary isnt the only one to voice his concerns though. Former jockey Jand Mangan has also concerns .She wasn’t impressed with the coverage on Saturday, she believed that the omission of the bumper spoiled a decent effort from RTV. She said to the Racing Post, “I thought they made a noble effort all day, it was a very busy day and they did the best they could with what they had.” Mangan although a tad critical of the channel said that people need to get behind the channel as Irish Racing will be shown on the channel for the foreseeable future. She said that a repeat of Saturday would hopefully not happen again.
The Racecourse media group gave a response into the coverage in the article on Racing Post, it said Saturday was an action-packed day with four afternoon fixtures – including a nine-race card, two eight-race cards and a seven-race card – and an eight-race twilight card. The afternoon fixtures ended up overlapping with the twilight fixture due to the extra races run as a knock-on effect of equine flu.”
Racing TV members can access a racecourse-dedicated feed via Racing TV Extra, available on the website and apps, when the schedule becomes congested like this, but we accept that not everyone has access.”