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4Racing Launch New Betting Channels

Discussions ongoing to include KZN racing

4RacingTV will this week launch two brand new betting channels providing punters all the essential race and bookmakers tote betting info and non-stop live local and international races at the tip of their fingers.

The Global Racing 1 and Global Racing 2 channels will launch on Wednesday 19 January 2022, catering for the horseracing retail and digital bookmaker and for all racing customers, from seasoned professional punters to beginners.

They will be available direct to the punter on all 4RacingTV digital platforms and mobile applications supporting iOS and Android smart devices, allowing punters to access the content wherever they may be.

For our authorised bookmakers and TAB stores, the channels will be distributed encrypted over satellite, with encryption before month end.

An exciting feature for local trainers, jockeys, owners, punters and fans is that they will be able to record and archive every single one of their races from any 4Racing venue countrywide and create their own playlists for replay and post-race analysis.

Your favourite races and content will be shareable on Facebook and Twitter and downloadable to your smart phones.

Both channels will have live racing from around the world, including racing from Highveld Racing’s Turffontein and Vaal Racecourses, Cape Racing’s Kenilworth and Durbanville Racecourses, as well as Nelson Mandela Bay Racing’s Fairview Racecourse. There will also be two-minute tipping previews shown in between all local 4Racing races from some of the country’s top tipsters and racing experts.

Discussions are ongoing to include KwaZulu Natal’s racing.

The channels will also feature top live international racing from Australia, Asia’s Hong Kong, Dubai and Singapore, Europe’s United Kingdom, Ireland, Sweden and France, the United States and Canada and from Mauritius, Kenya and Zimbabwe, with new international racing currently being explored.

Punters will have access to a live race every 10-15 minutes starting at 04h00 and ending at midnight every day, with info and tips given by various local and international correspondents on the line and previews and interviews from the course.

Global Racing 1 and Global Racing 2 will provide all the tote betting info required on screen, accompanied by a state of the art graphics system giving punters all the essential info they need to place their bets.

“Global Racing 1 and Global Racing 2 has been specifically programmed to meet the requirements and expectations of our punters. The curation team, now led by experienced industry veteran Dominic Zaki, have engaged and researched what our local punters want, whether engaging with the content in bookmakers retail stores, our tab stores and/or via our respective digital platforms. The channels have been expanded to accommodate more content from our international racing partners and of course our local content,” says Stephen Watson, head of 4Racing.TV.

“We will ensure this is supported by all the key Computaform and betting data, tips and expert opinion, whilst covering all the on screen elements that inform our punters betting decisions. Our new graphics technology stack will play a key role in bringing this to life. We commit to polishing and refining the channels continuously and evolving them to meet the growing needs of established and new punters and of course our valued bookmaker partners. Feedback channels and further engagements with channel users will contribute significantly to this and we look forward to working with everyone to rebuild this incredible sport and its products,” added Watson.

The channels will be available to retail via the existing distribution to set-top boxes and via digital integrations with bookmaker partners.

Direct access to consumers will be supported by a dedicated 4Racing OTT offering, supporting all major web browsers and Smart Phones and Tablets, with Smart TV applications launching later in the year.

L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate action (Pic – Candiese Lenferna)

Global Racing 1 and Global Racing 2 will also feature extensive coverage from premier events such as the Cape Town Met in partnership with World Sports Betting, L’Ormarins Queens Plate and World Sports Betting Gauteng Summer Cup, as well as top international races such as the Dubai World Cup, Epsom Derby, Kentucky Derby and the Melbourne Cup.

Coverage will kick off early morning starting with harness and flat racing from Australia, followed by late morning/midday race meetings from Hong Kong, Zimbabwe and Singapore.

From midday to early afternoon every local race meeting taking place at all 4Racing venues will be available, as well as racing in Mauritius, Sweden or Kenya.

  • Media release by 4Racing on Saturday 15 January 2022

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38 comments on “4Racing Launch New Betting Channels

  1. Jan Baadjies says:

    will be great stuff

  2. Tony Mincione says:

    Why is this like one hand clapping?

    One is grateful that the shops will be opening, but I’m not that thrilled to have to get half my shopping at one place, and the other half down the road from now on. Didn’t you say “unity is strength”? We were able to get along before, what happened mom and dad?

    We could have designed this better if we had really put the customer first. I hope this doesn’t bite us in the @^$#.

  3. Jay Moodley says:

    What you tell us is that tellytrsck is history

  4. Neill de Bruyn says:

    Not quite clear to me whether there are subscription fees applicable or just cost of streaming data.

  5. Selwyn Elk says:

    I hope the new service comes with professional studio presenters and not the amateurs we have had to put up with for years. Hopefully it will be a pleasure to listen to knowledgeable racing personnel, instead of the hogwash we have become accustomed to listening to from the current presenters, who have made absolutely no improvement whatsoever!

  6. Neill de Bruyn says:

    Yes Jay Moodley Tellytrack will be gone from DSTV but available in future on a digital platform similar to something like Netflix or Showmax.
    That’s why I’m asking whether we as punters will have to subscribe and pay for the service or whether it will be mahala and you pay just for the data you stream (no problem if you have a decent wi-fi or LTE fibre data package).
    Am I right fellow SP bloggers?

    1. Editor says:

      Hi Neill
      We have asked the 4Racing PRO for clarity

    2. Editor says:

      Hi Neill
      4Racing will advise web address and more details before launch date on Wednesday. It is cutting it fine, we agree!

  7. Neill de Bruyn says:

    Thanks mr Ed you are the champion of the punters
    ???? ????

  8. Avril Lerena says:

    My father’s greatest enjoyment is watching his grandson riding. At the age of 90 he has never owned a cell phone and has no idea what Showmax or Netflix is. All he knows is channel 249 on DSTV. Will those like him be precluded from watching the Sport?

    1. Editor says:

      Hi Avril
      We are trying to make sense out it and have addressed an email to Tellytrack.

  9. Glenn Kourie says:

    Why watch all the different countries races if we can’t bet on them. Please SA Tote expand our options especially with USA racing.

  10. Neill de Bruyn says:

    Well I think the new channels GR1 and GR2 will replace Tellytrack on channel 249 mr Ed, and the OTT offering which the media release refers to is just streaming of those channels on devices other than TV. Your subscription fee should cover all types of viewing. Speculating ???? .

  11. karthi Pillay says:

    Urll need to bring Shaeen Shaw back he is a master presentet

  12. Gary Turf says:

    How do they come to decide NOT to have 2 meetings on a Saturday.
    This is absurd and needs to be rectified straight away.
    Often a Saturday meeting is abandoned because of rain or especially in Jhb summer months after the first few races.
    To not have another meeting to run alongside it on a Saturday makes no sense.
    Come on 4 Racing!

  13. Verlynn Johnson says:

    For me, this would be amazing. I do not own television and I watch mostly my horse racing on the phone and laptop and other social media platforms like twitter.

    I live for apps and this is one way to watch racing whether you are at work, on holiday, spending the day with family and you don’t have to be glued to a tv screen. You can easily just check your phone.

    Like for example the ERA app (Emirates Racing Authority), you can watch Dubai racing live from your phone. I hope it’s something like this…

  14. Prasheen harrimohan says:

    Mr editor what happens to us KZN boys how do we watch our horseracing at greyville and Scottsville and also are these channels going to be on DStv please reiterate as this article gives no clarity on nothing

    1. Editor says:

      Hi Prasheen
      We are awaiting announcements in that regard

  15. Robert Zackey says:

    If Tellytrack goes then I’m going plus a million others …. It’s that simple …..

    1. Editor says:

      Hi Robert
      Seems the traditional name ‘Tellytrack’ will be gone but the content will be there- probably minus KZN

  16. Keith sing says:

    very worried so will four racing negotiate with dstv to screen racing or is their going to separate decorder especially not having a smart tv because if I can’t view I will not punt after 40 years service

  17. Donald Bradshaw says:

    Why does 4 Racing not state how all this is ACTUALLY going to work , why do their customers have to speculate what exactly is going to happen , why cant they state exactly what the procedure / process will be to view their product ?

    1. Editor says:

      Hi Donald / Keith
      We have sent some of the questions to our media liaison officer at 4Racing.
      He says:
      “Lots of valid questions and ahead of Wednesday launch the picture will become much clearer.
      Noted and ahead of Wednesday will share further details with your readers addressing their queries.”

  18. Kenny Masilela says:

    Hopefully it won’t crash on landing.


    Robert, if ‘we’ had just 300 000 others we would be cruising as an industry.

    Inadvertently, you have highlighted how minuscule the horse-racing industry actually is, in comparison to the national state/disaster SA finds itself in.


    And SP Bloggers, and another trend that we can’t seem to shake off, even right here on the SP blogs is the provincialism/ regions issue.

    Our industry is way to small to cater for enhancements, policy changes & business modelling that relate to regions, other than licensing.

    One business model, as we are merely a piddle in the ocean.

  21. Garrick Bergh says:

    I bear racing no ill feeling but I am so glad I pulled the plug on both ownership and punting when I follow current ‘developments’ without actually having to spend any money on them. It’s like watching a dinosaur caught in quicksand as it trashes around without any discernible progress other than an awful lot of hot air.
    I further notice that our northern friends seem to have caught the Cape malady and their fields now appear to be getting discernibly smaller every time I switch on 249. Welcome aboard, chaps.
    If ‘the picture’ follows the fate of the recent Saftote ‘upgrades’ you might well expect to be staring at a blank device come next Wednesday.
    Thankfully no misguided reader has yet suggested that we hand this broadcast function over to the government via SABC as they are often inclined to do in the naive belief that our government could actually run anything.
    Lastly (and out of idle curiosity) – were any readers in any way canvassed or included in Mr Zaki’s alleged ‘research’ to determine punter needs and requirements? Or is this simply another throwaway lie designed to bamboozle and placate the gullible? If you were involved I would be fascinated to hear what was discussed and changes that are planned.

  22. Susan Rowett says:

    I went on to the 4racingtv website and the registration works – but payment option is not operational yet. Archive meetings only cover a handful of meetings – and not all the races. So it all still seems to be a work in progress at the moment!

  23. Donald Bradshaw says:

    Horse racing industry Executives , Managers and decision makers especially Gold Circle , take careful note of the simple comment made by Mr. Robert Zackey and rest assured that should the horse racing product not be available on DSTV under whatever name or guise it will be the final death of the sport within a very short period of that becoming a reality !

    Wednesday will be D day for the industry so hopefully sanity will prevail and win the day !

  24. Arnold Naidoo says:

    I wish you could bring the web odds and web odds past results as this was a very easy method that was originated and taken off the web

  25. Neill de Bruyn says:

    Ms Rowitt I agree, launching on Wednesday looks optimistic. Rather test the application thoroughly.
    My small contribution is that one cannot delete items from your playlist.
    Otherwise ???????? .

  26. Neill de Bruyn says:

    I just hope the subscription fees displayed on the 4Racing.tv site doesnt change from what is currently displayed, to launching on Wednesday.
    It’s really fantastic! .

  27. Neill de Bruyn says:

    Probably not good protocol or manners to publish the link ahead of Wednesday so rather wait for the official go ahead ????

  28. Tony Mincione says:

    The Times They Are A-Changin’
    Bob Dylan

    Come gather ’round people
    Wherever you roam
    And admit that the waters
    Around you have grown
    And accept it that soon
    You’ll be drenched to the bone
    If your time to you is worth savin’
    And you better start swimmin’
    Or you’ll sink like a stone
    For the times they are a-changin’

  29. Christopher Spence says:

    Call me a prophet of doom but when i read this i cringed. Unbelievable how they run racing like a spaza shop. We await with bated breath for Wednesday…sigh!!!

  30. Geoff Logan says:

    How does the DSTV 240 channel fit in? Hopefully as the old channel did for all DSTV subscribers and hopefully will include KZN racing. A real win if the above is correct.

  31. Hamisj Stewart says:

    Christopher bad analagy.Spaza shops are highly profitable as they service the needs of their customer.

  32. theunisj says:

    I do not have DSTV and thought these channels would be accessible vie the web but I cannot find anything about them online….is there a website one can go to to access these channels?

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