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Talking Horses: ITV Racing show at Newcastle a boost for the sport

If the programme, cleverly slotted in for the first rest day during the World Cup, is successful then expect more of the same in the schedules

Over 400,000 viewers tuned in for the first evening racing on terrestrial television for over 20 years last month when ITV broadcast the Brigadier Gerard meeting from Sandown, the first broadcast of a night card since the 1990s.

If Friday night’s programme from Newcastle - cleverly slotted in for the first rest day during the World Cup - is similarly successful then expect more of the same in the schedules. ITV Racing editor Richard Willoughby has already signalled the channel’s interest in covering more night racing and the ITV4 programme at 6pm has benefited from plenty of cross-promotion with the football.

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