Sky Racing picks up Melbourne Cup rights

The Sky Racing channel, which is operated by Australian pay-television provider Foxtel, has acquired rights for the 2014 edition of horseracing’s Melbourne Cup Carnival.

Sky Racing acquired the rights in a sublicensing deal with Australian commercial broadcaster Seven.

The Sky Racing 2 and Sky Racing World channels will show live coverage of all races apart from the feature race on all four days of the event – the AAMI Victoria Derby, Emirates Melbourne Cup, Crown Oaks and Emirates Stakes – which will be shown on a two-minute delay.

Under the deal, Sky Racing World will also be temporarily rebranded as Racing World Australia and will provide live coverage in 21 countries across the Middle East and Africa.

The event will take place on November 1, 4, 6 and 8.