Horse Racing Ireland has today announced that IRIS, a family run business based in Bartlemy, County Cork, has been awarded the contract for the Provision of Televised Services to Irish horse racing.
IRIS has been a long term member of the Sport for Business community and we are delighted that they have held on to this important contract.
The contract has been awarded by HRI and the Association of Irish Racecourses following the completion of an EU Tender process.
It will run for an initial four-year period, beginning on May 1, 2020, with an option to extend on an annual basis up to a maximum of 10 years
The contract for the Provision of Televised Services to Irish horse racing is one of HRI’s largest supplier contracts and covers a number of roles on each of Ireland’s 26 racecourses, including supplying race day integrity services to the Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board, racecourse CCTV and providing race coverage to Sports Information Services and Racing TV as well as working alongside terrestrial broadcasters.
Race day tracking cameras and the use of drone cameras will be among the innovations we will see which will greatly enhance the viewing experience.
“This new contract will see the introduction of a number of innovations to enhance the Integrity and broadcast services across Irish racing,” said Horse Racing Ireland CEO Brian Kavanagh. “We look forward to working with the team at IRIS to deliver these over the coming months and years.”
“There has been a favourable reaction to the trials of the tracking cameras at a number of racecourses and we expect the drone coverage will add another exciting dimension to the viewer experience.”
“We are delighted to have the opportunity of continuing to support Horse Racing Ireland and the Association of Irish Racecourses in the provision of televised services to Irish horse racing,” added Bart Arnold, Managing Director of IRIS.
“There are several new technologies being introduced which will create innovative ways of viewing, entertaining and informing racing fans around the world.”
“The new arrangements will see the introduction of best in class facilities for the race day Stewards, enhancing the integrity of Irish horse racing into the future. A superb team of people are in the background, delivering a quality service with professionalism, commitment and enthusiasm.”
Irish racing resumes behind closed doors on June 8th. All of this seasons major flat races have been preserved with the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby taking place at the Curragh on June 27th
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