Gigginstown Eddie O'Leary Slates Racing TV

Gigginstown's own Eddie O'Leary has come out and slated Racing TV over the coverage they have provided for Irish Racing since taking over from At The Races.

More specifically O'Leary has stated that he believes that the Irish racing scene has been treated like a second rated citizen and it was topped off by a poor display of coverage from Gowran Park on Saturday calling it a "disgrace".

Alongside this his view is for Ireland should have a second channel that totally looks after all of its racing and nothing else which would be beneficial to the industry.

Gowran Park on Saturday were showing one of the most competitive meetings of the year and little things like the Mares Bumper at the back end of the card was not shown.

Also the feature of the day the Grade 2 Red Mills Chase won by Monalee was put on a split screen with another meeting so viewers who pay the €31 a month for the service didn't get the full experience.

monalee
Monalee

The beginners chase was also only televised half way through the race after coming back from another meeting on the day that Racing TV were televising and O'Leary was not happy with what he saw

(Credit Racing Post) He said: "I usually go racing myself but I couldn’t on Saturday so was relying on Racing TV. I was shocked at the coverage. It was terrible, a disgrace.

"There was a high-class beginners' chase I was looking forward to seeing. I waited and waited and waited for it, and presumed there was a delay at the start, but the race was half-over by the time they decided to show it.

"As for the bumper, they didn’t bother showing that at all. There I was waiting for the race to start and the result flashes across the screen.

"I was at Navan yesterday and it was all anyone could talk about. Irish racing is being treated like a second-rate citizen and it is not good enough. We were the anchor tenants on At The Races and now look at us.

"From what I've seen of Racing TV so far, it's like sitting in a betting shop. They go from race to race to another race. It's boring. What is the point in having great presenters like Gary O’Brien, Kevin O’Ryan, Kate Harrington and Donn McClean when we never hear from them? There are no stories being told any more.

"We're going to drive everyone away from Irish racing instead of attracting new people. It can't continue like this. We need to insist on a second channel for Racing TV to show Irish racing. That simply must happen."

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