Australian Racing Hall of Fame trainer Lee Freedman joins the Wide World of Sports expert panel for Nine’s Spring Racing Carnival coverage which begins with Epsom Super Saturday at Royal Randwick, live from 2.30pm tomorrow.
Freedman, who has 124 Group One wins to his name, will appear on Nine’s Spring Racing Carnival for three race meetings beginning with The Age Caulfield Guineas Day on Saturday, October 8.
Nine will broadcast four Spring Racing Carnival days including Epsom Super Saturday, The Age Caulfield Guineas Day, BMW Caulfield Cup Day and Tatts Cox Plate Day – all LIVE on Nine’s Wide World of Sports.
Nine’s Epsom Super Saturday coverage gets underway at 2.30pm immediately following the Wallabies v Russia Rugby World Cup clash. Nine will broadcast four Group One races: the Epsom Handicap (worth $500,000, over 1600m), The Metropolitan ($400,000, 2400m), Spring Champion Stakes ($400,000, 2000m) and Flight Stakes ($400,000,1600m).
On Saturday, October 8, Nine’s racing coverage moves to Melbourne for The Age Caulfield Guineas Day at Caulfield, beginning LIVE at 12.00 noon AEDT. It will feature three Group One races: The Age Caulfield Guineas ($1,000,000, 1600m), Yalumba Stakes ($400,000, 2000m) and David Jones Toorak Handicap ($350,000, 1600m), plus the Group Two Herbert Power Stakes ($200,000, 2400m).
On Saturday, October 15, LIVE from 12 00 noon, Nine will present BMW Caulfield Cup Day. Highlights will include the Group One BMW Caulfield Cup ($2,650,000, 2400m) and two Group Two races: the Perri Cutten Caulfield Sprint ($201,000, 1100m) and the Tristarc Stakes ($181,000, 1400m).
Nine’s Spring Racing Carnival broadcast concludes on Saturday, October 22, with Tatts Cox Plate Day at Moonee Valley LIVE from 2.00pm. The 2040-metre Tatts Cox Plate – the weight-for-age championship of Australia – is the Group One highlight of the day, with $3 million in prizemoney. The support card includes four Group Two events: the AAMI Vase (2040m), Schweppes Stakes (1200m), Patinack Farm Crystal Mile (1600m) and Moonee Valley Gold Cup (2500m).
The Wide World of Sports raceday hosts Cameron Williams and Simon O’Donnell will be in the trackside studio, with Lee Freedman joining the expert panel for The Age Caulfield Guineas Day, BMW Caulfield Cup Day and Tatts Cox Plate Day. Lee’s daughter, racing personality Emma Freedman, will reunite with Melbourne Cup and Golden Slipper-winning jockey Wayne Harris to share their expert tips throughout the Spring Racing Carnival. Claire Bird, strapper for the immortal mare Sunline and Nine’s horseback reporter, will interview the winning jockeys after the finish.
At Royal Randwick, Andrew Voss will be in the thick of the action in the betting ring and Roz Kelly will be trackside for the race presentations. Throughout the carnival catch all the betting advice and late mail from TVN’s Richard Callander. Ben Damon will report from the mounting yard while Giaan Rooney mingles with the stylish celebrities to bring the latest fashion and racing glamour to the coverage.
Nine News sports presenter Tony Jones and racehorse breeder Anthony Mithen will join Wide World of Sports for the Caulfield and Moonee Valley raceday broadcasts.
2011 SPRING RACING CARNIVAL ON NINE
Saturday, October 1: Epsom Super Saturday LIVE from 2.30pm, AEST
Saturday, October 8: The Age Caulfield Guineas Day LIVE from 12 noon AEDT
Saturday, October 15: BMW Caulfield Cup Day LIVE from 12 noon AEDT
Saturday, October 22: Tatts Cox Plate Day LIVE from 2.00pm AEDT