TASMANIA’S Minister for Racing Bryan Green today announced an agreement that will give Tasmanian racing greater exposure through a deal to broadcast midweek night meetings in Launceston nationally.
Mr Green said night thoroughbred racing at The TOTE Racing Centre at Mowbray will feature in premium time slots on Sky 1 following a decision to switch to Wednesday night meetings.
“Tasracing has successfully negotiated the deal to change from Thursday nights where there is only a limited audience on Sky 2,” Mr Green said.
“Sky 1 has a greater audience reach with the Wednesday timeslot featuring several prominent interstate metropolitan midweek meetings.
“This makes wagering on Tasmanian racing much more accessible and not just available to those who subscribe to Sky 2.
Mr Green said there would be a minimum eight races at each of the 16 meetings scheduled for Wednesday nights between November 9 and the end of April next year.
“Tasracing and the Tasmanian Turf Club also see merit in moving some of the traditional weekend race meetings to Wednesday nights.
Mr Green said Tasracing and the Tasmanian Turf Club have agreed that Tasmanian Summer Racing Carnival races in the weeks leading up to the Launceston Cup would be held on Wednesday nights.
The Listed Vamos Stakes and the Magic Millions races series will be run on Wednesday February 15.
For the first time the Magic Millions races will include 2 year-old, 3 year-old and Open Handicap racing all over 1200 metres and worth $50,000 each.
The Magic Millions sale will be held in Launceston the following week on February 21.
Mr Green said the Gold Sovereign, the Tasmanian Oaks and the George Adams events would be run on February 22.
“We want to do everything possible to promote our racing industry and this move will see greater exposure, more people wagering on Tasmanian racing and increased turnover.
“This will help grow our racing product and put it on a more professional and sustainable footing for the future.
“The Government is committed to ensuring the racing industry continues to prosper.
“It is important that Tasracing continue working with all three codes and for the codes themselves to have the opportunity to communicate how they want to see their industry on into the future,” Mr Green said.