Australian punters will be able to view racing from Argentina, Chile and Uruguay from the comfort of their homes or on the go via the Sky Racing website or app, with the new racing smorgasbord to be broadcast on Australian television.
Argentinian, Chilean and Uruguayan racing have joined the Sky stable under a new agreement that will also see extended television coverage of American racing.
The new racing coverage will feature on Sky Racing 2 (Foxtel Channel 520) from 8am (AEST) to 10am on Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday with scope to add days in the future.
Viewers will be privy to thoroughbred racing from a selection of Latin American tracks including Hipodromo San Isidro in Argentina, Valparaiso in Chile and Maroñas in Uruguay. The agreement also includes US thoroughbred coverage from Santa Anita, Del Mar and Golden Gate in California, Turf Paradise in Arizona and harness racing from Hoosier Park in Indiana.
The deal cements Sky Racing's leadership in global racing broadcasting. Sky manages the import of international racing into Australia and the export of Australian and New Zealand racing to 52 countries around the globe.
Sky Racing Chief Operating Officer, Brendan Parnell is pleased to offer Australian racing fans a variety of racing from around the globe, with the broadcaster now showing racing from 14 countries.
"Sky is pleased to deliver another first with Latin American racing to be broadcast in Australia for the first time," Mr Parnell said.
"The coverage has the potential to create new links between the Australian and Latin American racing and breeding industries. Stallions such as Hussonet and Host have been valuable additions to the Australian breeding industry and horses such as former Chilean Horse of the Year, Cefalu, have raced with success in Australia."
The Victorian and NSW racing industry are set to benefit from the new agreement with returns from TAB wagering on the new product flowing back to the industry. Sky imports racing from the following countries:
G2 - The Sky Bet Supreme Trial Novices' Hurdle Race (class 1)
G2 - The Stanjames.com Champion Hurdle Trial (class 1)
G2 - The Peter Marsh Steeple Chase (a Limited Handicap)
G2 - The Altcar Novices' Steeple Chase (class 1)
G2 - The Olbg.com Mares' Hurdle Race (class 1)