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Racecourse Media Group extends Meydan racing deal

Christophe Soumillon, riding Thunder Snow, celebrates winning the 2019 Dubai World Cup at Meydan Racecourse (by Francois Nel/Getty Images)

Racecourse Media Group, the holding company responsible for media and data rights involving a host of horse-racing destinations, has agreed a two-year extension to its contract for production and distribution of events at Dubai’s Meydan Racecourse.

The deal, which covers the 2019-20 and 2020-21 horseracing seasons, was agreed with the Meydan Group after a similar two-year extension was signed in November 2017.

Timeline Television will provide broadcast facilities and crew to support RMG’s host production and on-course coverage.

RMG, which has produced and distributed horseracing from the flagship racecourse in Dubai for the previous four seasons, is offering a number of rights packages for the new season, hosted by the Dubai Racing Club.

The domestic season leads into the Dubai World Cup Carnival, which starts on January 2, 2020 and takes in 10 fixtures, before climaxing with the world’s richest day’s racing, the Dubai World Cup race-day, with total purses of $35m (€31.5m).

Broadcast partners for the 2019 Dubai World Cup race-day included the likes of NBC (US); CBC (Canada); ESPN (Latin America, Caribbean); Fuji TV (Japan); Sina (China); SuperSport (sub-Saharan Africa); Sky Thoroughbred Central (Australia); Match TV (Russia); Racing TV and Sky Sports Racing (UK, Ireland); Virgin Media 1 (Ireland); TVP (Poland); Dubai Racing Channel and Yas TV (UAE), and Sport 24 (cruise lines and airlines). It also headlined programming on CNN, Eurosport and Trans World Sport.

SIS, a provider of end-to-end products and services to the betting and broadcast industries, last week agreed a two-year extension to its rights partnership with Dubai Racing Club.