Tabcorp makes new offer to keep hold of Victorian coverage   Leave a comment

Tabcorp makes new offer to keep hold of Victorian coverage

Tabcorp-subsidiary Sky Racing furnished a revised offer to the Victorian racing industry’s domestic and international rights-holders late on Friday.

Hours after David Moodie replaced Rob Roulston as chairman of Racing Victoria, a vast document was delivered.

Given the volume of the paperwork, the timing had to be viewed as coincidental.

Insiders are in no hurry to make a decision, only interested in making the right one. Some are saying there will be an outcome to the protracted negotiations by the end of the month, though some closer to the coalface anticipate it may be early next month.

The Victoria Racing Club, Melbourne Racing Club, Moonee Valley Racing Club and Country Racing Victoria have a big decision to make, whether they stick with the media arm of Tabcorp or forge a free-to-air arrangement with SevenWest Media.

A channel on Seven’s digital platform showing Victorian racing 363 days-a-year into homes around the nation with high broadcast and presentation standards has appeal.

That option would cost millions, whereas Sky Racing would pay a nine-figure sum for a long-term agreement.

Victorian racing is hitched to Tabcorp in a joint venture arrangement until 2024, netting the racing industry upwards of $300 million annually. The joint venture is not threatened by the outcome of the media rights’ negotiations.

Meanwhile, stewards have asked suspended jockey Dan Nikolic to make himself available for an interview as part of the investigation into betting in the Baron Archer case.

Nikolic, who only recently inquired about applying for a licence to ride trackwork, has been serving a two-year ban relating to threatening behaviour toward chief steward Terry Bailey.

Tania Hyett, the partner of Nikolic, is embroiled in the case. She has already been interviewed in relation to matched bets against Baron Archer to lose at Echuca on March 8.

Baron Archer started the $2.80 favourite and finished third in a field of five.

Hyett, who until recently was employed by Aquanita Racing as an administration manager, has been asked to supply stewards with additional evidence to support statements already provided.

A slow start cost Srikandi any chance in the BTC Cup but her trainer Ciaron Maher is confident she can bounce back in her next Group I assignment in the Doomben 10,000 on Saturday.

The mare was slow into stride in the BTC Cup and finished eighth in the 1200m race won by Hot Snitzel on May 9.

Maher says Srikandi has done well since that outing and will go into Saturday’s 1350m race in excellent order. He is still trying to work out why the daughter of Dubawi missed the start, although he hasn’t put her through the starting gates since.

“She’s never done it before as she’s usually one of the quickest out,” Maher said.

“She can be a bit touchy and whether he was trying to straighten her as the barriers opened, who knows.”

Damian Browne will ride Srikandi, Glen Boss has the mount on Scissor Kick and Kerrin McEvoy has been booked for Bring Me The Maid.

Additional reporting: AAP

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Posted May 18, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

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