The decision not to renew by Channel 4 was influenced, in part, by low viewing figures and it is hoped ITV will now be able to bring racing to a larger more mainstream audience.
This change has little effect on the current, hugely valuable, live TV racing offers from top UK online bookmakers. Betting sites provide generous price promises and free bets on live racing because the audience and the size of their book is bigger for live events in general, and this allows them to offer better odds and money back deals.
It ultimately matters little to the bookie who the broadcaster actually is, all they care about is that more people are interested in these race. Therefore all the great old C4 offers will continue running only under the name ITV racing offers.
Best ITV Racing Free Bets & Offers
|ITV Racing Price Promise||Better odds, all runners, than Ladbrokes, Will Hill, Paddy, Coral, Boylesports and SkyBet in all live ITV races. No stake/payout limits.||Visit Bet365|
|2 Clear – 15% Flat Racing Bonus||During the flat season William Hill’s 2 Clear offer pays a 15% bonus on 2+ length winners, in cash, up to £100. Applies to all ITV + other races.||Visit William Hill|
|Beaten By Length Money Back||Back any horse in a live ITV flat race and should it come in second by one length or less win stake back from £10 up to £25 (as a free bet) in each race.||Visit coral|
|ITV 4/1 Free Bet Offer||Back a 4/1+ winner get a stake matched risk free bet (up to £50) next live race, back another 4/1+ winner get another free bet, and so on.||Visit Bet365|
|Stake Back Second||Win stakes from £5 (£2.50 E/W) to £25 refunded in all ITV or ITV4 races with 6+ runners (as a free bet). Free Bets valid for 24 hours.||Visit betway|
|High 5 – Stake Refund & Bonus||For all televised ITV races during the jump season get a 25% winnings bonus up to £100 if your horse wins by 5 lengths+ OR money back up to £25 if you are second.||Visit William Hill|
|Free Bets For 3/1+ Winners||Pick out any 3/1+ winner (SP) in an ITV race and get a free bet for the next live race, equal to the same stake value, up to £25||Visit Betfair|
|1/4 Odds Each Way All Races||Quarter the odds for all each-way bets for live races (no max), all ITV handicaps also have money back second up to £25.||Visit Racebets|
It is also likely new offers will be launched throughout 2017 for ITV racing and going by the current value of live racing offers I would expect these to be unmissable. Keep an eye on this page and I will update all new offers as they come out.
ITV Racing Major Meetings 2017
It came as a shock to many when it was announced, one year ago, that ITV would be replacing Channel 4 as the main free to air horse racing broadcaster in the UK.
In many ways, this wasn’t that much of a shock. Channel 4 audiences for the big events have been in decline since they acquired them from the BBC in 2013, events like Champions Day, which drew in an audience of 1,100,000 back in 2013, had dropped below 400,000 this year.
The decision by Channel 4 not to renew their tenure seems to have been mutually beneficial with the rights owners. This coinciding with new interest from the more middle-of-the-road ITV also offered new ways to display top level racing to more people and it is hoped by all that this pays off.
It is fun to watch racing on TV, never mind the great value promotions top races attract, and it would be a shame to see the death of free to air racing in the UK. Like many sports once it goes it may never come back.
The Challow Hurdle at Newbury will be the very last race broadcast on Channel 4 December 31st. The next day’s racecard, the New Year’s Day card, at Cheltenham will be broadcast live on ITV.
Live ITV Racing 2017
NOTE – Table shows live racing on ITV only, most races and meetings (around 90%) will be broadcast on ITV4.
|Date||Meeting 1||Meeting 2||Feature Race/Event|
|Sunday 1st January||Cheltenham||Musselburgh|
|Tuesday 14th March||Cheltenham Festival||Champion Hurdle|
|Wednesday 15th March||Cheltenham Festival||Queen Mother Champion Chase|
|Thursday 16th March||Cheltenham Festival||The World Hurdle|
|Friday 17th March||Cheltenham Festival||Cheltenham Gold Cup|
|Thursday 6th April||Aintree Grand National||Aintree Hurdle|
|Friday 7th April||Aintree Grand National||Melling Chase|
|Saturday 8th April||Aintree Grand National||Grand National|
|Saturday 22nd April||Ayr||Newbury||Scottish Grand National|
|Saturday 29th April||Sandown||Haydock||Jumps Finale|
|Saturday 6th May||Newmarket||Goodwood||2,000 Guineas|
|Sundaay 7th May||Newmarket||Hamilton||1,000 Guineas|
|Saturday 20th May||Newbury||Newmarket||Lockinge|
|Friday 2nd June||Epsom Derby Meeting||Oaks Stakes|
|Saturday 3rd June||Epsom Derby Meeting||Derby Stakes|
|Tuesday 20th June||Royal Ascot||Queen Anne Stakes|
|Wednesday 21st June||Royal Ascot||Prince of Wales Stakes|
|Thursday 22nd June||Royal Ascot||The Gold Cup|
|Friday 23rd June||Royal Ascot||Coronation Stakes|
|Saturday 24th June||Royal Ascot||Diamond Jubilee Stakes|
|Saturday 1st July||Newcastle||Newmarket||Northumberland Plate|
|Saturday 8th July||Sandown||Haydock||Eclipse|
|Saturday 15th July||Newmarket||Ascot & York||Super Saturday|
|Saturday 29th July||Ascot||York||King George|
|Tuesday 1st August||Glorious Goodwood||Lennox & Vintage Stakes|
|Wednesday 2nd August||Glorious Goodwood||Sussex Stakes|
|Thursday 3rd August||Glorious Goodwood||Goodwood Cup|
|Friday 4th August||Glorious Goodwood||King George Stakes|
|Saturday 5th August||Glorious Goodwood||Nassau Stakes|
|Wednesday 23rd August||Ebor Festival||Juddmonte Stakes|
|Thursday 24th August||Ebor Festival||Yorkshire Oaks|
|Friday 25th August||Ebor Festival||Nunthorpe Stakes|
|Saturday 26th August||Ebor Festival||Ebor Heritage Handicap|
|Saturday 9th September||Haydock, Ascot||Kempton||Sprint Cup|
|Saturday 16th September||Doncaster||Chester||St Leger|
|Saturday 14th October||Newmarket||York||Dewhurst|
|Saturday 21st October||Ascot||British Champions Day|
|Saturday 18th November||Cheltenham Open||Lingfield||Open Meeting|
|Saturday 25th November||Haydock||Ascot||Betfair Chase|
|Saturday 2nd December||Newbury||Newcastle||Hennessy Gold Cup|
|Tuesday 26th December||Kempton||Wetherby||King George VI Chase|