Virgin Media Television and Racecourse Media Group extend UK racing deal for three years

Irish viewers can continue to watch the best of UK horse racing free-to-air on Virgin Media Television

Virgin Media Television will continue to televise the best of UK racing, after an agreement with Racecourse Media Group has been extended for 2024-2026.

Irish viewers can continue to watch the very best of the national hunt and flat seasons free-to-air, with 50 days of live racing per year. This includes the Cheltenham Festival, Randox Grand National Festival, Betfred Derby Festival, Qatar Goodwood Festival, Sky Bet Ebor Festival and QIPCO British Champions Day.

Courses covered under this agreement​ include Cheltenham, Aintree, Epsom Downs, York, Goodwood, Haydock Park, Kempton Park, Newmarket, Sandown Park and many more.

Mick McCaffrey, Head of News and Sport at Virgin Media Television said: “We are absolutely delighted to extend our partnership with Racecourse Media Group for the next three years. This agreement ensures that the pinnacle of British horseracing, such as the iconic Cheltenham and Aintree festivals, will continue to be broadcast free to air to Irish viewers.  Irish jockeys, trainers, owners and breeders continue to fly the flag and achieve greater success year in and year out and we look forward to broadcasting all the action live on Virgin Media Television and the Virgin Media Player.”

Martin Stevenson, CEO of Racecourse Media Group said: “Our British racecourses enjoy an excellent shop window in Ireland thanks to this partnership with Virgin Media Television. We are delighted British racing will continue to enjoy live coverage for a further three years, as well as benefit from the additional programming and news highlights, plus valuable cross-promotion, which Virgin Media Television provides.”