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Nine never showed the Melbourne Cup Carnival, but broadcast the Caulfield Guineas, Caulfield Cup and Cox Plate in the 1990s and early 2000s.


Well seeing as thought Ten need some sports and have money they would be well in the mix and they did a very good job for so many years. Clearly the VRC are seeking a lift in rights so surely seven cannot afford it given the terrible rights deal they signed for the cricket.


Seven’s current contract with the VRC ends March 2019. I think Seven will retain the rights though


Only two networks has shown the Melbourne Cup Carnival live on TV.

Ten from 1978-2001 and Seven from 2002-present.

After losing the cricket rights, Ten should go hard at getting the rights to the Melbourne Cup Carnival for premium sporting events


It will never be the same when Channel Seven loses the Horse Racing in 2019.
Channel TEN has a few sports - rugby union, motorsport, a bit of soccer. I will be surprised if TEN gets rights to the horse racing


Strictly speaking it’s Melbourne Cup. Seven still has the rights to Sydney metropolitan races (including the autumn carnival), Adelaide Cup carnival, Caulfield Cup, Caulfield Guineas and Cox Plate. However losing the Melbourne Cup for 2020 and beyond means Seven won’t be able to show it on its racing channel either.


You’re both jumping the gun - Seven haven’t lost the VRC rights yet nor has another network won them…


Following the GC2018 games, they have changed the name of the app to 7Sport.


Change to racing coverage (start time)

Saturday 9 June

01:00 PM AEST Seven’s Horse Racing: Stradbroke Race Day
The 2018 Stradbroke Race Day is one of the most prestigious days on the Australian racing calendar and the highlight of the Channel Seven Brisbane Racing Carnival.

(Channel varies per market).


Hamish McLachlan said during Friday night AFL post game he was quickly flying up to be part of the coverage.

Some very angry Rugby Union fans in Perth last night (and bloody rightly so!) 7mate Western Force match was scheduled to start at 8:30pm local time, but didn’t end up starting until 9:08pm local time (due to AFL post game over-run). Fail. Happens every week. Stop scheduling as such


How should they have scheduled the two games?


By not scheduling the next program as 10:30pm (or 8:30pm in Perth) every single week, when AFL post game always goes until at least 11pm. No communication amongst Seven’s departments.


Totally agree. Should have been scheduled for 9pm in Perth. Fans would have been livid.


They were. That exact word was also used.


I see Francesca Cumani took the ‘megawall’ with her to the UK:

For those who don’t get the reference, aside from her work with Seven - Cumani is one of the presenters of ITV’s horse racing coverage


Victorian racing expands its free-to-air broadcasts

Racing Victoria (RV) and Seven West Media (SWM) have today announced that premium Victorian thoroughbred racing will continue to be televised live and free on the screens of the Seven Network until at least 30 June 2020.

The new agreement will see 21 premium Victorian Saturday meetings, headlined by the $5 million Stella Artois Caulfield Cup (2400m) on 20 October and the $5 million Ladbrokes Cox Plate (2040m) on 27 October, broadcast annually across the nation on Channel 7 and/or 7TWO.

The agreement also ensures that racing fans and sporting enthusiasts can access a free-to-air broadcast of premium Victorian and Sydney racing on the one channel on a minimum 21 occasions throughout the year.

The premium broadcast will commence on the opening day of Victoria’s Spring Racing Carnival – 1 September 2018 – when Caulfield host the $1 million Memsie Stakes (1400m) and Randwick hosts the Chelmsford Stakes (1600m) for which the great Winx is the defending champion.

It continues on Saturdays throughout the Spring Racing Carnival before returning in February for the Festival of Racing and feature autumn racing period.

RV and SWM’s premium broadcast agreement comes on top of their existing joint venture partnership,, that sees Victorian and South Australian racing showcased on free-to-air Channel 78 (metropolitan) / Channel 68 (regional) every day throughout the entire year.

It is also in addition to the broadcast agreement that sees SWM broadcast the four days of the Lexus Melbourne Cup Carnival from Flemington on Channel 7.


So I’m guessing Seven won the broadcast rights to the Melbourne Cup Carnival then? Wasn’t it back in May the VRC put them up for tender?


I think it only applies to this year’s carnival. If Seven retains the rights to the Melbourne Cup for 2019 and beyond, it or the VRC will have put up a statement by now.


I think 7Sport need to update their social media, cover photos still have square boxes with “AO” logo and 7Tennis still says “summer of tennis” (even when they’re covering Wimbledon)


Given the Melbourne test coincides with the start of Sydney to Hobart yacht race, this raises the question: will the yacht race be banished to 7TWO or 7mate, or will Seven give up the rights altogether and let another network picking it up?