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Channel Four Racing

Since its first broadcast in March 1984 Channel Four racing has become a regular Saturday afternoon feature, as they show live racing from all over the country on terrestrial television.

Not only do Channel Four show a plethora of live races in their Saturday afternoon show, but they are constant broadcasters of some of racing's biggest meetings.  The four-day Cheltenham Festival is one of the programmes highlights, whilst Glorious Goodwood and York's Ebor Festival are just another two midweek shows Channel Four provide for their viewers.

Although there have been nuances that Channel Four racing may be coming to an end it still seems to be pulling out all the stops to provide the terrestrial viewer with an afternoon's entertainment.

They are unable to live with the round-the-clock action the likes of At The Races and Racing UK provide, but their shows still offer the viewers up-to-date betting analysis as well as excellent punditry from former professionals.

A name and face synonymous with C4 racing is that of John McCririck, who has been attached to the channel for decades providing outspoken views on all things horse racing.

Away from the eccentricity of McCririck they have a whole host of knowledgeable presenters enhancing the live action with balanced, informative and entertaining thoughts on the horse racing.

The Morning Line

The Morning Line is an early morning show on Channel Four that looks forward to the day's racing.  Held every Saturday morning, it also broadcasts every morning of the Cheltenham Festival, to provide viewers with a preview of the day's up-and-coming action.

As well as having the regular pundits in the studio to discuss and debate the day's horse racing, there is always an invited guest on the settee from the world of racing to add another angle to the show.

Mainly presented by Racing UK's Nick Luck the 55-minute show incorporates betting features, as well as an in-depth look at the big race of the day.

As well a topical debate, the studio guests also give out their tips for the day's racing and try to find the viewers those all-important winners.

Major Meetings

With the major meetings taking place through the week Channel Four show live action midweek to accommodate these big festivals and here is just a list of some of the major meetings the terrestrial channel broadcast.


Channel Four racing has a whole of host of top presenters which provide the viewer with in-depth analysis of the horse racing as well as opinionated views on the live horse racing.

Learn more about Channel Four Racing Presenters in our special section.

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