ITV will show 40 days of racing on main channel

Ed Chamberlin: will present the coverage on ITV

PICTURE: Edward Whitaker ITV commits to showing 40 days on main channel By Tony McFadden 1:40PM 16 SEP 2016

ITV racing will show 40 days of racing on its main channel, the broadcaster has announced.

ITV, who take over from Channel 4 as the sport's exclusive terrestrial broadcaster from New Year's Day, had already committed to showing a minimum of 34 days on its main channel.

Sandown's Tingle Creek meeting, the Coral Welsh National and Cheltenham Trials Day are three of the most high-profile absentees from the schedule on ITV's main channel and will instead be broadcast on ITV4.

ITV will not broadcast a day of racing on its main channel between Cheltenham on New Year's Day and the opening day of the Cheltenham Festival, almost two and a half months later.

Good news for Newmarket

The July Cup plus valuable meetings from Ascot and York will all be shown on what ITV have billed 'Super Saturday', for now ending the possibility of any of those fixtures moving to a different date on one of the most congested days of the season.

Another winner is Newmarket, whose Craven meeting in April, not shown by Channel4 in recent years, will be broadcast free-to-air on ITV4.

ITV main channel schedule for 2017

January

Sun 1: Cheltenham & Musselburgh

March

Tue 14: Cheltenham Festival – Day 1

Wed 15: Cheltenham Festival – Day 2

Thu 16: Cheltenham Festival – Day 3

Fri 17: Cheltenham Festival – Day 4

April

Thu 6: Aintree – Grand National meeting Day 1

Fri 7: Aintree – Grand National meeting Day 2

Sat 8: Aintree – Grand National meeting Day 3

Sat 22: Ayr & Newbury (Scottish Grand National)

Sat 29: Sandown & Haydock (Jumps Finale)

May

Sat 6: Newmarket & Goodwood (2,000 Guineas)

Sun 7: Newmarket & Hamilton (1,000 Guineas)

Sat 20: Newbury & Newmarket (Lockinge)

June

Fri 2:Epsom – Derby meeting Day 1

Sat 3:Epsom – Derby meeting Day 2

Tue 20:Royal Ascot – Day 1

Wed 21:Royal Ascot – Day 2

Thu 22: Royal Ascot – Day 3

Fri 23: Royal Ascot – Day 4

Sat 24: Royal Ascot – Day 5

July

Sat 8: Sandown & Haydock (Eclipse)

Sat 15: ‘Super Saturday' (Newmarket, Ascot, York)

Sat 29: Ascot & York (King George)

August

Tue 1: Glorious Goodwood – Day 1

Wed 2: Glorious Goodwood – Day 2

Thu 3: Glorious Goodwood – Day 3

Fri 4: Glorious Goodwood – Day 4

Sat 5: Glorious Goodwood – Day 5

Wed 23: York Ebor – Day 1

Thu 24: York Ebor – Day 2

Fri 25: York Ebor – Day 3

Sat 26:York Ebor – Day 4

September

Sat 9: Haydock, Ascot & Kempton (Sprint Cup)

Sat 16: Doncaster & Chester (St Leger)

October

Sat 14: Newmarket & York (Dewhurst)

Sat 21: Ascot – British Champions Day

November

Sat 18: Cheltenham & Lingfield (Open meeting Saturday)

Sat 25: Haydock & Ascot (Betfair Chase)

December

Sat 2: Newbury & Newcastle (Hennessy/Fighting Fifth)

Tue 26: Kempton & Wetherby (King George)

More to follow…

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