QUEENSLAND races will benefit from increased exposure on racing broadcaster Sky Channel after a positive meeting between industry heavyweights on Friday.
Angry over a perceived snub during the Queensland winter carnival, Brisbane Racing Club officials had a debrief with Sky bosses on Friday.
As a result, Queensland Saturday meetings will be given a full and extensive preview on Sky’s premium Thoroughbred Central channel.
It is only a trial but should fix the situation which saw Queensland pre-race interviews, mounting yard coverage and post-race analysis virtually non-existent on Sky during the carnival.
“I was encouraged by the meeting. We now have an opportunity to get Queensland better placed with Sky Racing coverage,’’ BRC chief executive Dave Whimpey said.
“It is important that Queensland gets at least equal billing with the other states, and especially around Group 1 racing time. It is clear to us that NSW and Victoria took precedence during the winter carnival and we wanted that situation looked at.’’
Sky Racing 1 will still feature wall-to-wall live races but the Sky Thoroughbred Central channel is set to feature Queensland more prominently.
BRC officials have been promised the trial will start on Saturday in a deal which should be more palatable to Queensland punters.
Coverage of Saturday’s provincial NSW meeting in Newcastle will only feature live race coverage before Sky Thoroughbred Central crosses to extensive Queensland content.
A Sky spokesman said the issue of race scheduling on their broadcasts was complex and they were doing their best to please all parties.