If you didn’t know what Channel4 Racing is, it is the name that is given to the coverage of horse racing on British television stations More4 and Channel4. The very first telecast of horse racing was done on the channel on 22nd March, 1984 Doncaster and it took over midweek coverage which was previously telecast on ITV. Since 1986, the total amount of racing that was covered began to increase significantly and this expansion continued till 1990.
Nevertheless, it was on 1st January, 2016 that it was announced that Channel 4 no longer enjoyed their horse racing rights and they had lost it after 32 glorious years to ITV. It was decided that ITV would have ‘free-to-air’ rights from 2017, January 1st. Few of the major UK events that are covered by Channel4 are 1000 Guineas, 2000 Guineas, Derby and Oaks from Epsom, Cheltenham Festival, Royal Ascot, St. Leger at Doncaster and many others.
Channel4’s recent portfolio
Primarily, but not exclusively, Channel 4 features meetings from the horse racing courses of UK and they’ve initially signed a contract for 3 years between 2007 1st January and 31st December, 2009. Later on, from 2013, Channel4 racing again became home to ‘free-to-air’ television racing. Now, coverage includes all the biggest and popular races which include Cheltenham Festival, the Derby, The Grand National and Royal Ascot.
Channel4 Racing tips
Currently Channel4 doesn’t broadcast any matches but yet there are few expert tipsters on every Channel4 race which include selection for the matches in 2016. There is enough confidence on the expert tipsters that they will help the bettors with spending a profitable and lucrative weekend ahead. Every Saturday morning, their selections are found in the section called ‘racing tips’. Their tipsters are always working hard to ensure that each televised meeting is profitable enough and to make sure whether the live is from Ascot or Cheltenham or Lingfield or Uttoxeter.
With their newspaper NAP section on their official website, the resident tipsters can also offer their best bets for the day apart from the daily selections at enormous prices. Once you do this, they can highlight their ‘banker double’ for that day’s action.
More on Cheltenham Festival featured on Channel4
On a Saturday afternoon, it is not just racing but there will be tips on selections for the entire midweek action. Likes of the Grand Nationa, Glorious Goodwood and Royal Ascot meeting will telecast their live action throughout the week and they always have the best tips for every meeting. The ultimate jewel of the horse racing game is the Cheltenham Festival and hence there are tips available from the best tipsters for each race that is held thereafter. The expert tipsters will be working their way through Champion Chase, Champion Hurdle, World Hurdle, Gold Cup to make sure bettors have the best bets in all of the Championship races.
Channel4 Morning Line tips from tipsters
The Morning Line is one of the most famous racing shows that are telecast on TV and the guests who appear there like Ruby Walsh, McCoy and Paul Nicholls appear in the studio to offer their valuable verdict on each day’s racing. On their site, there are the best selections of each broadcast of Morning Line so that you could compare the tips before the racing held usually in the afternoon.
Channel4 betting guide
When Channel4 is in town, the racing press usually gets overdriven. In case you’re someone who wants expert tips on this bet, this is certainly the place to start. From the Racing Post, Pricewise is seen to be the guru. He is the one who is an expert in finding value in Saturday races and he always ends up with a crucial winner. His real name is Tom Segal and there’s not much that can get past him. This is always one of the best places to start off with.
You can’t be afraid of a big-price outsider as it is always a good start to check out your favorite. Whenever you imagine a horse to be at big odds, you can certainly make a good case with it. Don’t feel scared to back that horse. It is even a wise move to check the special bookies that you have on the table.
Since the Channel4 was introduced, they featured few of the best and the most revered presenters and journalists which include Lesley Graham, Derek Thompson, John Oaksey, John Francome, Brough Scott and many more. After 2000, Simon Hilt was the senior commentator of this channel.