IN exciting news for harness racing fans, next month’s $1.1m Inter Dominion Championships will sport a new sponsor and a new platform destined to attract an even greater audience.
The TAB will sponsor both the Pacing and Trotting Championships and that, in turn, has brought about an innovative boost to the coverage.
Harness racing will be seen, for the first time, on Sky’s flagship channel, Sky Thoroughbred Central, with a more in-depth coverage than the sport has ever received.
The TAB Championships will open with coverage of the first round of heats at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Saturday night, November 27.
That will follow with everything that matters in round two at the Gold Crown Paceway Bathurst (Wednesday, December 1), then round three at Newcastle International Paceway (Sunday, December 5) followed by bumper coverage of the Grand Finals on Saturday night, December 11 at Australasia’s iconic Menangle track.
Harness Racing NSW CEO John Dumesny said broadcasting the Inter Dominion to a wider audience was the key element when securing the partnership with Tabcorp and Sky.
“We are indebted to David Attenborough and Adam Rytenskild for the Tabcorp sponsorship, John Vellis and the Sky management team for continuing to support harness racing in NSW and importantly, Peter V’Landys and Racing NSW, which exclusively provides the thoroughbred content for Sky Thoroughbred Central allowing this never-before broadcast opportunity to harness racing,” said Dumesny.
“The broadcast will allow harness racing to be showcased on a channel watched and appreciated by racing followers around the world while being hosted by the best talent available, many of whom have a true affinity for harness racing having commenced their stellar careers at the trots.”
Club Menangle CEO Bruce Christison agreed:
“The Inter Dominion in NSW is a joint venture between our club and Harness Racing NSW.
“Club Menangle is involved in the Inter Dominion to ensure the tradition of the series continues but also to use the series to promote the sport throughout NSW.
“To start and finish the series at Australasia’s premier track is sure to attract outstanding crowds, however, it is important that we share this opportunity with other areas of the state to showcase the elite level of our sport.
“The hosting of the series is a significant financial commitment and it is important to maximise the return across the entire state.”
Tabcorp Managing Director Wagering and Media Adam Rytenskild said the TAB was delighted to sponsor Australasia’s most prestigious harness racing series in its’ return to NSW.
“As Australia’s biggest supporter of racing and a long-term partner of the NSW harness racing industry, we want to continue to support and promote pinnacle events such as the Inter Dominion,” he said.
“We are especially excited about partnering with Harness Racing NSW and Club Menangle to broadcast the heats and finals on Sky Thoroughbred Central, which will provide comprehensive, in-depth coverage and help take the series to a broader audience.”
FOR FURTHERN INFORMATION TELEPHONE CLUB MENANGLE CHIEF EXECUTIVE BRUCE CHRISTISON ON (02) 4645-2200.