Racing UK is gearing up for its most comprehensive race coverage to date for this week’s Royal Ascot meeting.
Through OB provider RaceTech, Racing UK will use 15 cameras on the course instead of the usual six, along with two radio cameras and two paddock cameras.
Racing UK will also take feeds from Channel 4’s 49 cameras at the event to provide footage for its 50 hours of predominantly live coverage – a significant increase on its previous record of 30 hours of coverage of the Cheltenham Festival.
Deputy director of broadcasting at Racing UK Lindsay Davidson said: “The addition of Ascot as our 34th course means the only grade one track missing [from the Racing UK stable] is Doncaster. It’s a huge landmark for us, and that is why we are throwing everything at it.”
Around 17 pundits and presenters will be at Ascot, along with some 25 RaceTech staff, along with around 15 production staff at the company’s Timeline TV-managed facility in Ealing.
“The analysis will also be in much more depth,” added Davidson, who said Ascot would also see Racing UK’s most concerted use of ChyronHego’s virtual graphics system to track horses during highlights packages.
“This level of coverage is a one off but we hope it will set a very high standard. If we can show viewers what we can do with the technology I am sure they will want more of it.”