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Live free-to-air coverage for SA’s Autumn Racing Carnival

The 2021 Adelaide Autumn Racing Carnival – which starts tomorrow – will again be broadcast live and free to homes across the country.

An arrangement between Racing SA’s vision rights holder, Racing.com, and the Seven Network will bring viewers all three feature race days at Morphettville Racecourse in their entirety, as part of a live national broadcast hosted by Bruce McAvaney.

The carnival comprises:

Oaks Day, Saturday 1 May 2021

Derby Day, Saturday 8 May 2021

Furphy Goodwood Day, Saturday 15 May 2021

The broadcast kicks off tomorrow with Oaks Day at Morphettville, live from 11:30am (Central Standard Time) on Channel 7 and 7two (check local guides), while all of the action will also be live-streamed on Seven’s market-leading BVOD platform, 7plus.

The broadcast also includes coverage of the major Victorian and New South Wales race meetings.

The Adelaide meetings will all feature Australia’s pre-eminent sports broadcaster, Seven’s Bruce McAvaney, as host, joined by dynamic duo Terry McAuliffe and James Jordan trackside at Morphettville.

The carnival continues to go from strength to strength, with the 2020 edition – held under extraordinary, crowd-free COVID-19 conditions – acknowledged as an outstanding success.

Racing SA CEO Nick Redin said this week’s decision to broadcast the carnival on free-to-air was “another fantastic boost for the South Australian racing industry”.

“It’s great news and it gives us an ideal opportunity to showcase the pinnacle days of our wonderful sport and industry to even more people,” Mr Redin said.

“Our vibrant Autumn Carnival will now have more broadcast exposure than ever before.”

Managing Director Seven Melbourne and Head of Network Sport, Lewis Martin, said: “The Adelaide Autumn Carnival has a special place on the Australian thoroughbred racing calendar, so we’re rapt to bring it to fans across the nation live and free.

“With some of racing’s most coveted prizes up for grabs, it promises to be an unforgettable three weeks at Morphettville.”

Tomorrow’s race fields – which include two prestigious Group 1 races – in SA are outstanding, with the promise of more to follow in the coming weeks.

“This all continues a period of sustained growth for Racing SA and its stakeholders,” Mr Redin said.

“We’ve recently seen prizemoney increases, plus increases to our breeders’ scheme. It means more local participants, which in turn means the creation of more jobs for South Australians.”

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