Royal Ascot to be televised in US from 2017
As one of the most famous horse racing events in the UK calendar, the American public have long been missing out on events from the iconic venue. However, the news that NBC’s sports network will be broadcasting the five-day meeting from 2017 is likely to be welcome news for many admirers of the sport. A minimum of fifteen hours of coverage across the five days will be shown to race fans across the country, as US horses play an increasingly significant part in the proceedings at Royal Ascot.
Recent success from the Wesley Ward Stable over recent years could well be backed up by a win for last year’s Breeders’ Cup Mile winner Tepin, who is the 3/1 favorite with bookmakers Coral to claim victory in the famous Queen Anne Stakes in just a matter of week’s time. NBC’s President of Programming is certainly delighted with the news, stating that “We are excited to work with Royal Ascot to bring to the US audience live coverage of an event that the millions of Americans who enjoy our Triple Crown and Breeders’ Cup telecasts will be sure to enjoy.”
One horse that may seemingly be heading to these shores from the UK is recent Irish 1,000 Guineas winner Jet Setter. With the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot likely to be her next outing, with race odds of 8/1 from Coral to claim yet another surprise victory, trainer Adrian Keatley is now planning on embarking his prized asset upon an international tour, with races in the US and Canada being lined up. With Aiden O’Brien’s Minding the overwhelming favorite for the recent race at the Curragh, it was in fact Jet Setter who went on to claim a surprise win by the narrowest of margins.
Should Keatley confirm the participation of Jet Setter for the upcoming Coronation Stakes, the duo could once again be set for battle, with Minding currently the favorite with Coral, despite recent events.
As for this year’s Breeders’ Cup Classic in Santa Anita, California Chrome is the current favorite in the horse racing odds with Coral, in front of the likes of Beholder and Nyquist, who are at 7/1 and 10/1 respectively.