Melbourne Cup-winning trainer Lee Freedman has warned the Victorian racing industry that to accept a bid from the Seven West Media network ahead of Tabcorp for the state’s media rights would be a costly and damaging decision.

Racing Victoria announced that its preferred home for the broadcast of thoroughbred racing is Seven, prompting the trainer’s outburst.

For months Victorian racing, Tabcorp and the Seven Network have been in negotiations over where the Victorian rights will go.