RTÉ is to significantly boost its coverage of Irish racing as the sport comes back to life on Monday, June 8th.

It is an exciting development for the sport and an opportunity to reach out to a wide new audience in the period of time before a return of the other main sporting action.

There will be live coverage on Friday 12th June and Saturday 13th June on RTÉ2 and RTÉ Player of the 2,000 Guineas (Friday) and 1,000 Guineas (Saturday) from the Curragh.

Coverage starts at 6 pm on both evenings with presenter Hugh Cahill joined by analysts Jane Mangan and Ted and Ruby Walsh.

In addition to the first Classics of the Flat racing season on June 12 and 13, RTÉ Sport will cover 10 additional race meetings including all the best action from the Irish Flat season.

The Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby weekend will be the main highlight at the end of the month.

In addition to the live coverage, RTÉ will also be showing brand new one-hour shows every Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening featuring live action and reaction from across the country.

All of RTÉ Sport’s racing coverage will comply fully with Horse Racing Ireland’s Covid-19 Protocols around social distancing for behind closed doors meetings. HRI is to implement recommended social distancing measures on track, the strict measures must be undertaken by all industry bodies including broadcasters.

We will be featuring just how that will be for the broadcast team as we build up to the return of the action.

“Live Sport is an integral part of Irish life and RTÉ Sport is delighted that it is returning across all RTÉ platforms,” said Head of Sport Declan McBennett.

“For everything that it brings in terms of physical exercise, mental well being, social and community cohesion and economic stimulation the benefit of sport will again be appreciated by all.”

“Horse Racing in this country is a key component of that and HRI are to be commended for getting racing back in a safe and responsible manner.”

RTÉ has always been very supportive of racing in Ireland and today’s announcement confirms that commitment,” added Brian Kavanagh, CEO of Horse Racing Ireland.

“The new one-hour evening programmes are an opportunity for Irish racing to attract people to our sport and educate those new fans on what makes racing so exciting.”

“We appreciate the flexibility shown by the RTÉ team around the new dates for the Irish Guineas in June and really look forward to their live coverage of our opening Classics, as well as this new departure.”