Royal Ascot 2016 takes place this week (June 14-18) and Channel 4 will be live across the five-day Royal Meeting with 30 hours dedicated to the sport including daily Morning Line programmes, a red button service and highlights.
All 30 Royal Ascot races will be broadcast live, with approximately 30 hours of coverage across the week beginning daily at 8am with The Morning Line, with afternoon racing from 1:40 – 6:00pm plus bespoke evening highlights programmes.
“Once again, every minute of Royal Ascot will be covered from every angle. We are proud to broadcast the most spectacular sporting event of the summer and continue to give the festival the lavish coverage it deserves.” said Steve Lyle, Channel 4’s Commissioning Editor for Sport.
“Royal Ascot is even more than just great racing. It’s the greatest combined sporting and social event of the summer, and this is reflected in our comprehensive coverage.”
Clare Balding leads the Channel 4’s presenting team, which will include analysis from Nick Luck, Sir Anthony McCoy, Jim McGrath and Graham Cunningham. Principal commentator, Simon Holt, will be supported by Richard Hoiles across the five-day meeting to deliver unrivalled commentary for 30 races that features eight Group One contests – The King’s Stand Stakes, Queen Anne Stakes, St James’s Palace Stakes, Prince of Wales’s Stakes, The Gold Cup, The Coronation Stakes and The Diamond Jubilee Stakes.
Reporters Emma Spencer, Mick Fitzgerald and Rishi Persad will help bring viewers closer to the action with exclusive access to the Ascot stables, jockeys’ changing room and stewards’ room. Tanya Stevenson will be on-hand to relay the betting markets with Brian Gleeson offering an Irish perspective.
Alice Plunkett steps in to present Channel 4’s ‘Inside Ascot’ – a feature strand broadcast throughout the week with exclusive access behind the scenes from the Royal Racecourse. There will also be a broad range of racing features to complement the live action.
Fashion expert and award-winning presenter Gok Wan returns for this third Royal Ascot experience. Presenting from a newly created position next to Ascot’s Parade Ring, Gok will be joined by special guests across the week from celebrities such as Lisa Snowdon, Anna Friel and Olivia Grant to the great and the good of the Fashion World.
Gok will re-join Clare Balding to describe the spectacle and pageantry of the daily Royal procession and as The Queen celebrates her 90th birthday so Channel 4 will tell the story of her deep connection with the sport of racing and love of Royal Ascot. Across the five days, the duo will be joined by informative guests from Jennie Bond to Ingrid Seward.
All but two races will be broadcast on Channel 4. On Saturday 18th June Channel 4’s coverage will start at 9am with a closing Royal Ascot Morning Line. The Royal Meeting will begin at 1:30pm on More 4, moving across to Channel 4 at 3:20pm for the final four races and climax of the meeting.
In a busy sporting summer, Channel 4 has reactivated the red button service especially for horseracing fans to provide a swift platform change for viewers in the two hours when Ascot’s Royal Meeting coincides with the Saturday of the F1 European Grand Prix.