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Talking Horses: how to judge the BBC’s relationship with racing?

Criticised for its coverage and the exit of Cornelius Lysaght, the Corporation’s relationship with the sport is coming into focus

The BBC’s waning interest in racing was highlighted both inside and outside the sport’s media over the weekend. On Saturday, Andy Dunn, the chief sports writer for the Daily and Sunday Mirror, took to Twitter to complain that Radio 5 Live’s sports report “did not carry a line” about the day’s racing during his drive home after covering the day’s early Premier League game at Watford. “What a shame they have simply ditched the sport,” he concluded, a thought which was echoed by Matt Hughes, his counterpart at the Daily Mail. “Desperate,” Hughes said. “Champion Hurdle and Gold Cup trials today – not a word on the BBC website.”

Driving home from Watford today, @5liveSport Sports Report did not carry a line about today’s horse racing. Looking at BBC website right now, the horse racing section leads with a story about Frodon’s win … at Kempton A WEEK ago. What a shame they have simply ditched the sport

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