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Alex Hammond to spearhead Sky Sports Racing launch on New Years Day

Royal Ascot will be one of the 700 meetings being shown live on Sky Sports Racing in 2019.

Sky announced this week that their revamped dedicated racing channel, Sky Sports Racing will launch on New Years Day, with presenter Alex Hammond leading a panel of familiar contributors.

Less than a week after rival station, Racing UK announced they were to rebrand themselves as Racing TV, Sky Sports have taken to the airwaves to declare the launch date for their transformed racing broadcasting channel. AtTheRaces will be replaced by Sky Sports Racing. Alex Hammond will be the face of the new racing platform and she will make her Sky Sports Racing debut on its first broadcast on New Years Day.

"I've been part of the Sky family for over 15 years and know we will bring superb quality to the racing coverage." Hammond said to Sky Sports after the official launch on Wednesday. 

"I've loved horses since I was a child and to be returning to my roots to present racing on Sky is my dream job. I'm incredibly excited about the future and can't wait to begin on January 1, 2019."



Hammond will be joined in the studio by a list of guest presenters who will be extremely familiar to ITV Racing and AtTheRaces viewers. Luke Harvey, Jason Weaver and Matt Chapman will be regulars on Sky Sports Racing, along with Hayley Moore, Mick Fitzgerald, Gina Bryce and Kevin Blake.

Jamie Lynch, who regularly appears on AtTheRaces, has left his position at Timeform to become the new Senior Racing Analyst at Sky Sports Racing. Former head of the Professional Jockey Association, Josh Apiafi also joins the line-up of guest presenters, along with former flat jockey Freddy Tylicki, who was left paralysed from the waist down after a terrible accident at Kempton two years ago.

Tylicki said after the launch, "I've really enjoyed the television work that I've been doing since my accident and am excited about working for Sky Sports Racing."

"There's a great team assembled to cover some of the sport's best events and I'm looking forward to starting this new chapter."

Rewards4Racing founder, Josh Apiafi added, “To work for the best sports broadcaster in the country is an incredible honour and the launch of Sky Sports Racing is a huge opportunity for British racing, which should not be under estimated. I can’t wait for fans of horse racing to see what’s in store.”



It was a huge blow to Sky to lose coverage of all Irish meetings to Racing TV, but the superpower broadcaster has been doing all they can to fill the void. 

Royal Ascot, Chester’s May Meeting and the St Leger Festival at Doncaster are amongst the 700 meetings Sky Sports Racing viewers will enjoy throughout the season. It’s also the best place to take in the very best International action, with Sky Sports Racing securing exclusive rights to screen the Breeders’ Cup, the Melbourne Cup and all racing from France - including the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe Festival!

All meetings will be broadcast in HD, so long as you have an HD Ready television. Sky Sports Racing will be available to all basic cable and satellite subscription packages, with no monthly Sky Sports subscription required.


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Alex Hammond to spearhead Sky Sports Racing launch on New Years Day

Sky announced this week that their revamped dedicated racing channel, Sky Sports Racing will launch on Tuesday 1st January, with presenter Alex Hammond leading a panel of familiar contributors.

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