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New Racing Channel On DStv

Channel 240 on Wednesday 19 January

MultiChoice and 4Racing will usher in an exciting new world of broadcast entertainment for the horseracing industry, with the launch of Racing 240 on DStv Channel 240 on Wednesday 19 January 2022.

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The brand new 24-hour channel will exclusively bring MultiChoice viewers the glitz, glamour, entertainment, speed, adrenaline and drama of the big ticket South African race days such as the Cape Town MET presented by World Sports Betting, the L’Ormarins Queens Plate, Derby Day, Charity Mile and the World Sports Betting Summer Cup.

Racing 240 will also feature top international race days from global racing hotspots such as Dubai, United Kingdom, United States, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, Singapore, Turkey, France, Sweden, Kenya and Zimbabwe. Major global racing events which will be broadcast on Racing 240 include the Dubai World Cup, Kentucky Derby, The Grand National, Epsom Derby, Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, Melbourne Cup, Hong Kong Vase and Royal Ascot.

The first major feature race to be broadcast on Racing 240 will be the build-up and live coverage of the Cape Town Met on Saturday 29 January 2022 at the Kenilworth Racecourse, one of the biggest and most glamorous days on the South African horseracing and social calendar.

The 24 hour horseracing channel, operating under the auspices of 4RacingTV, will initially be available to all DStv Premium, Compact, Compact +, Family and Access subscribers.

“The sport of racing is loved by many South Africans. Now they can watch the best racing and social events live on DStv thanks to the launch of this new racing channel. We pride ourselves on bringing our subscribers the best of local and international content and the addition of a new racing channel will bring glitz, glamour and hours of entertainment for equestrian lovers. It is just another way we are improving our value offering for our subscribers” said Gideon Khobane, group executive of general entertainment at MultiChoice.

Racing 240 will feature live horseracing from 4Racing venues in the Highveld (Turffontein and the Vaal), Nelson Mandela Bay (Fairview) and Cape Racing (Kenilworth and Durbanville), as well as a host of top international races as its main content offering.

Discussions are ongoing with regards to including KwaZulu-Natal’s racing.

The new channel will go live on DStv Channel 240 at 17h30 tomorrow and will then cross live at 18h00 to Kenilworth Racecourse for the barrier draw for the Cape Town MET 2022, presented by World Sports Betting.

“Racing 240 will be our shop window to the world to showcase and profile the exciting sport of horseracing and we are delighted with this landmark partnership with MultiChoice. South Africa’s horseracing industry delivers world-class quality entertainment and it is critically important that we enhance the broadcast product to ensure its attractiveness to both local and international audiences. It is also important that we give better insight into the sport to attract a new generation of racegoer and punter, which is crucial to the sport’s livelihood,” said 4Racing Chief Executive Officer, Fundi Sithebe.

The new channel will utilise cutting edge technology and advanced animation, graphics and augmented reality capabilities to elevate the viewing experience.

The live races will be complemented by magazine shows and programming that will showcase the sport’s lifestyle and entertainment elements, as well as profiling the vibrant jockeys, trainers, owners, grooms and of course the punters that are the lifeblood of the sport.

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

The statistics, odds, form guides, data and betting information that are absolutely critical to the sport will continue to be found on the new channel for the benefit of punters.

Racing 240 will look to delight, entertain and inform viewers with more exciting, distinctive local horse racing events and content, delivered across a range of devices for them to enjoy, anytime, anywhere.

Media release by 4Racing on Tuesday 18 January 2022

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32 comments on “New Racing Channel On DStv

  1. Joseph McAllister says:

    240 channel is rubbish

  2. Fransua Nienaber says:

    Why are there no changes, bettings and scratches on the new channel 240 like they had on channel 249

    1. Editor says:

      Not sure of the answer to that Fransua

  3. Lindsay Hesse says:

    Great news ,hopefully Mauritius too.
    Can’t the results be shown across the bottom of the screen (maybe two races and payouts) if you go for a refill and miss payout you’ve a problem.

  4. Neill de Bruyn says:

    Hi mr Mahs,
    Click on the link below and try to register on the 4Racingtv app. There’s a “send enquiry” button as well.


  5. Michel Mahs says:

    I used to watch SA races by subscribing to Tellytrack.com. That will not be possible with 4Racing. So how do international viewers watch SA racing now

  6. Neill de Bruyn says:

    Tony Mincione describes the broadcasting issue in an easy to understand way with his partner – rent example, thanks Tony ???? .
    Hi Cecil I expected Richard Fourie to ride DIA, but with Bernard Faydherbe riding there’s no dead weight under the saddle, thats just about Bernards natural weight. Don’t discard DIA, he was doing low flying behind Jet Dark in the Champions Cup last year and would have won in another 100 metres.

  7. Neill de Bruyn says:

    Allan Williams, nobody has thus far clarified how the DSTV subscription fee will apply once Tellytrack ceases to be on 28 February.
    For the moment, it looks as if your current subscription fee will give you access to channel 249 as well as to the new channel 240, up to 28 Feb at least.
    What happens after that nobody knows yet – perhaps your subscription fee for TT will then automatically revert to the 4Racing tv product.
    Theres a legal aspect here in my opinion, especially if current negotiations fail and KZN racing is not included in the 4Racing coverage as on 28 Feb.
    The 4Racing PR so far creates more mystery than certainty.


    Good afternoon Mr.Ravi Chetty,

    The problem is a 15 years one. Channel 249 = Tellytrack

    Tellytrack = one of the worse and amateurish broadcasters = Collaboration between Gold Circle & Phumelela Poison… need I carry on ?

    = less exciting than a Tupperware party

  9. ALLAN Williams says:


  10. Ravi Chetty says:

    We never had a problem with channel 249 dont know what’s the fuss.

  11. Gary Turf says:

    Please Could we retain the SA CLEANFEED.
    Plenty of us do not punt or want to watch overseas racing and require the continuous live feed from Jhb,CT and PE as we have it now with Tellytrack

  12. Damien pillay says:

    Imagine being able to watch the entire champions season, especially the durban july, clearly some marbles have been lost.

  13. Daine Weber says:

    So how dor one watch greyville and scotsville???

    1. Editor says:

      Announcement awaited

  14. Cecil Pienaar says:

    Dear 4Racing – is ons Nou stief kinders hier in Ntl. Nou h d f en waar Gaan ek my local perde kyk.

    Ek het n Mooi Afr woord vir julle , 5 letters, begin en eindig met die 6de letter van die alfabet…

    Graeme Hawkins of Mnr Marshall – if you reading, what is TabGold’s plan

  15. Piet bekker says:

    Why can’t you show us only local racing on openveiw not everyone can hire dstv. Please guys think for the man on the street also

  16. Neill de Bruyn says:

    4Racing is endeavouring to be the dominant role player in the commercial segment of SA racing.
    Gold Circle is not giving in without a fight, they have already shown 4Racing the middle finger by moving their international product to Sky news.
    TV rights brings in a significant amount of revenue, especially on World Pool days when millions of viewers watch an event.
    Then, of course, there also remains the odd other issues, such as the R250 million claim by GC against Phumulela. Thats an interesting one because with the business rescue, thats not a liability for 4Racing, who only took over the assets of Phumulela.
    Still, the business practioner has set aside the R250 million as a contingency, so who gets it if judge Kriegler does not rule in favour of GC.Probably Phumulela shareholders.

  17. Karen Wright says:

    That still doesnt solve the problem. If you are going to Negotiate New channels for racing, surely you it cover all the Provinces. That truly does not make sense. What are we supposed to do now when KZN Racing is on. I think you need to rethink this womnderful scheme of yours. Its amazing you get new membes in and all of a sudden things must change little do they know what they are doing. I suggest you get this situation under control ASAP.

  18. Richard Taylor says:

    Lets give the new service a chance. Criticism before it’s even aired seems more than a tad harsh. Everyone is asking for solutions to racings woes. Here’s something new and it’s being ridiculed before it’s started.

  19. Tony Mincione says:

    You guys are missing the point. The house (Telly Track) was fine. When 4Racing bought the stuff they wanted, they said they didn’t want Telly track (the house they owned with Gold Circle). They said we want a new house, and Gold Circle we want rent from you or else. You can’t be a partner anymore, you have to be our customer!

    Seeing as 50% of Gold Circle’s income is from that “intellectual property”, it was an offer that would kill them. So they sold the overseas stuff themselves, the 120 meetings,.

    Now glamorous 4Racing is offering THEIR local racing, every race from around the world, all EXCPT KZN and the Durban season.

    They have also cornered the “local broadcast” part that Telly Track had.

    All these pretty press releases swallowed hook, line and sinker, cover up the fact that they are broadcasting and streaming only their own stuff.

    Given how they pat themselves on the back, what do they say at sundowners about what they have done to fracture racing like never before.

    I’m flattered to have my previous post censored. Do I get a badge? (Make copies before you press sent I advise). I’ll post it on Facebook, because it must really have some value!

    1. Editor says:

      Tony, your post was published 100% as received.
      If we edit, we indicate as such in the text.

  20. Adrian Holloway says:

    Or let me put it this way…when an owner (4racing) buys a new house (240) in the same neighbourhood (dstv) he will have new rooms and decor ( studio) but mostly they will retain their domestic workers ( presenters et al) and take them along….

  21. Frankie Zackey says:

    Frankie Zackey…MultiChoice and 4racing would have been in some serious trouble had our horseracing channel done a disappearing act,,well done guy’s for doing the obvious

  22. Adrian Holloway says:

    Dont hold your breath Selwyn…the more things change the more they stay the same…

  23. Graeme Galansky says:

    How can this be good news if the product does not offer KZN racing? With the industry already in shit street why do we need a new channel when in essence it offers less than what we have been accustomed too? Why are they sugar coating this new channel when on 2 days of each week it offers nothing for the local punter. Selwyn, I would rather prefer amateur presenters as my decoder has a mute button. Rather that than see nothing at all.

  24. Steve Reid says:

    “The 24 hour horseracing channel, operating under the auspices of 4RacingTV, will initially be available to all DStv Premium, Compact, Compact +, Family and Access subscribers.”

    Fantastic. You giving us less than what we currently get on 249. Explain what happens after initially happens.

    “The brand new 24-hour channel will exclusively bring MultiChoice viewers the glitz, glamour, entertainment, speed, adrenaline and drama of the big ticket South African race days such as the Cape Town MET presented by World Sports Betting, the L’Ormarins Queens Plate, Derby Day, Charity Mile and the World Sports Betting Summer Cup.”

    I think that you forgot to include the really big racedays, those national events not the regional ones that you list.

  25. Marcus Moodley says:

    Let’s hope for transparency in local racing, start showing us the photos of photo finishes and not just the commentators opinion

  26. Tony Mincione says:

    Someone please tell me how splitting the racing product from the two operators to the public, is smart in any way? Someone planned this.

    I’m shocked to be honest. It’s a new apartheid for racing … not quite equal, and separate?

    Beyond sad.

  27. Neill de Bruyn says:

    Piling the pressure on Gold Circle to come on board by introducing a new channel 6 weeks prior to the Tellytrack agreement expiring, methinks. .

  28. Donald Bradshaw says:

    Good news indeed and well done to all in resolving this very important burning issue , now Gold Circle need to come on board and this customer will continue with his patronage of the sport along with all the people I know in horse racing who to a man ( maybe that should be person to be P.C. ) declared that should the sport be pulled from DSTV they would ” chuck it in ” !

  29. Selwyn Elk says:

    Great news for the entire racing industry, let’s just hope that this new innovation comes with professional studio presenters and not the amateurs that we have had to listen to week in and week out! Second hand used parts won’t get you too far in a new motor car.

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