RMG strikes a two-year extension with the Meydan Group

UK horse racing rights holder to provide production and distribution for Dubai track.

RMG strikes a two-year extension with the Meydan Group

UK horse racing rights holder Racecourse Media Group (RMG) has renewed its production and distribution agreement with Dubai’s Meydan Group for a further two years. 

RMG will offer a number of international broadcast rights packages for the 20-fixture season at the Meydan Racecourse, which is hosted by the Dubai Racing Club. It has fulfilled the role for the past two Middle East horse racing seasons.    

The deal includes the US$30 million Dubai World Cup card on 31st March 2018, which is the richest day’s horse racing in the world. Timeline Television will provide broadcast facilities and crew to support RMG’s host production and on-course coverage.

The financial terms of the extension were not made public.

“RMG provided first-rate production and presentation of racing from Meydan for the last two seasons and RMG also took the event to new and increased audiences via their distribution,” said Frank Gabriel Jr, executive director of racing at Dubai Racing Club. “The 2017 Dubai World Cup was the first horse race to be broadcast live on airlines and cruise lines via the Sport 24 channel and NBC Sports also broadcast the card in the US.”

Richard FitzGerald, chief executive of RMG, added: “We are delighted that we once again can partner with Meydan and work together in successfully showcasing this world class racing.” 

The nine-race Dubai World Cup card boasts five Group One races and three Group Two contests. It has been held at Meydan Racecourse since 1996.  

The signature race of the festival is the Dubai World Cup, which was won last year by the Bob Baffert-trained Arrogate. Owner Prince Abdullah’s share of the US$10 million purse took the American colt’s career prize-winning to a world record US$17 million.