ITV is now the primary free to watch TV racing broadcaster in the United Kingdom having replaced Channel 4 in January 2017. Channel 4 previously broadcast continuous racing from 22nd March 1984, a lot for ITV to live up to.
The decision not to renew by Channel 4 was influenced, in part, by low viewing figures and it was hoped ITV would be able to bring racing to a larger more mainstream audience.
The first two years of results have been promising for ITV, especially for the bigger races shown on the main channel. Some criticism has been brought however for the high percentage of less prestigious racing that is shown on ITV4.
This change in broadcaster had little effect on the, 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.
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ITV Racing Major Meetings 2019
It came as a shock to many when it was announced that ITV would be replacing Channel 4 as the main free to air horse racing broadcaster in the UK.
But 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 in 2016.
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.
This already seems to have paid off with most meetings broadcast now showing viewing figures on the rise, especially those shown on ITV. There have been ups and down, with the Cheltenham Festival in 2018 seeing a dip but the Epsom Derby attracting the most viewers since 2013.
Live ITV Racing 2019
|Date||Meeting 1||Other Meeting(s)||Feature Race/Event|
|Monday 1st January||Cheltenham||Musselburgh|
|Saturday 2nd March||Doncaster||Newbury & Kelso|
|Tuesday 12th March||Cheltenham Festival||Champion Hurdle|
|Wednesday 13th March||Cheltenham Festival||Queen Mother Champion Chase|
|Thursday 14th March||Cheltenham Festival||The World Hurdle|
|Friday 15th March||Cheltenham Festival||Cheltenham Gold Cup|
|Thursday 4th April||Aintree Grand National||Aintree Hurdle|
|Friday 5th April||Aintree Grand National||Melling Chase|
|Saturday 6th April||Aintree Grand National||Grand National|
|Saturday 13th April||Ayr||Newbury||Scottish Grand National|
|Saturday 27th April||Sandown||Haydock||Jumps Finale|
|Saturday 4th May||Newmarket||Goodwood||2,000 Guineas|
|Sunday 5th May||Newmarket||Hamilton||1,000 Guineas|
|Saturday 18th May||Newbury||Newmarket||Lockinge|
|Friday 31st May||Epsom Derby Meeting||Oaks Stakes|
|Saturday 1st June||Epsom Derby Meeting||Derby Stakes|
|Tuesday 18th June||Royal Ascot||Queen Anne Stakes|
|Wednesday 19th June||Royal Ascot||Prince of Wales Stakes|
|Thursday 20th June||Royal Ascot||The Gold Cup|
|Friday 21st June||Royal Ascot||Coronation Stakes|
|Saturday 22nd June||Royal Ascot||Diamond Jubilee Stakes|
|Saturday 29th June||Newcastle||Newmarket & York||Northumberland Plate|
|Saturday 6th July||Sandown||Haydock||Eclipse|
|Saturday 13th July||Newmarket||Ascot & York||Super Saturday|
|Saturday 27th July||Ascot||York||King George|
|Tuesday 30th July||Glorious Goodwood||Lennox & Vintage Stakes|
|Wednesday 31st July||Glorious Goodwood||Sussex Stakes|
|Thursday 1st August||Glorious Goodwood||Goodwood Cup|
|Friday 2nd August||Glorious Goodwood||King George Stakes|
|Saturday 3rd August||Glorious Goodwood||Nassau Stakes|
|Wednesday 21st August||Ebor Festival||Juddmonte Stakes|
|Thursday 22nd August||Ebor Festival||Yorkshire Oaks|
|Friday 23rd August||Ebor Festival||Nunthorpe Stakes|
|Saturday 24th August||Ebor Festival||Goodwood||Ebor Heritage Handicap|
|Saturday 7th September||Haydock||Kempton & Ascot||Sprint Cup|
|Saturday 14th September||Doncaster||Chester||St Leger|
|Saturday 12th October||Newmarket||York||Dewhurst|
|Saturday 19th October||Ascot (Champions Day)||British Champions Day|
|Saturday 16th November||Cheltenham||Lingfield||November Meeting|
|Saturday 23rd November||Haydock||Ascot||Betfair Chase|
|Saturday 29th November||Newbury||Long Distance Hurdle|
|Saturday 30th November||Newbury||Newcastle||Hennessy Gold Cup|
|Tuesday 26th December||Kempton||Wetherby||King George VI Chase|
NOTE – Table above shows live racing on ITV only, most races and meetings (around 90%) will be broadcast on ITV4 or ITV3.