Live Sport Returns to RTÉ Tonight

Live sport returns to RTÉ this evening for the first time in three months with the Tattersalls 2,000 Guineas forming the centrepiece of Racing from the Curragh on RTÉ2 and RTÉ Player from 6 PM.

In Yesterday’s Daily Interview on Sport for Business we caught up with Curragh Racecourse CEO Pat Keogh. You can look back on his interview over how preparations have been going right here.

Ger Lyons, trainer of big race favourite Siskin, has told RTÉ Sport in an interview that “I’ve got the best horse going into the race, if he’s the best horse and no hard luck stories during it, he’ll win, simple as.”

Lyons also has plenty to say about the sport of Racing and its place in Irish society in the interview which will form part of the programme.

“Sport of kings is a misnomer, it’s time we dropped it. People are very short-sighted when they only see the helicopters and the Sheikhs and the tax exile. They’re in every sport, have a look at the Premiership. Racing is competing on the world stage day in, day out and I think it’s taken a little bit for granted.”

Tonights show will be the first of seven live racing programmes through the month of June.

It will be presented by Hugh Cahill who will be joined from the Curragh on Friday and Saturday by Jane Mangan and Ruby Walsh alongside Brian Gleeson with Richard Pugh commentating. The racing will also be covered in Britain by ITV in what will provide a major prime time boost for the sport.

Following on from the Guineas weekend, RTÉ2 and RTÉ Player will have live Racing every Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening until July 13 including new one hour magazine style shows with a mix of live action and reaction from across the country alongside expert analysis.

Read more about RTÉ’s extended coverage of racing here.

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