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Breeders' Cup: "an amazing experience" for ITV Racing anchor Ed Chamberlin

Breeders’ Cup: “an amazing experience” for ITV Racing presenter Ed Chamberlin

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By James Burn

ITV Racing’s Ed Chamberlin said he was blown away by the audience numbers for the Breeders’ Cup on Saturday night, when the canal is usually Ant and Dec’s “sacred” reservation.

Chamberlin was accompanied at the Del Mar by colleagues Francesca Cumani, Johnny Murtagh and Luke Harvey for the two-day meeting that was seen on ITV4 on Friday and Saturday nights in front of the Breeders’ Cup Turf, that of Charlie Appleby Raider Yibir and the Classic Muscled was won further to the main channel of the station.

These races, held in the UK at 11:40 p.m. and 12:40 p.m., had a high of 370.00 and an average of 222,000 spectators. The Saturday peak on ITV4 was 281,000 versus 143,000 on Friday with average numbers of 222,000 and 140,000.

The highest crowd on Derby Day in June was 1.312 million with an average of 731,000, while coverage of the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe peaked in October with 881,000 and an average of 456,000, although these races were held in more time-friendly time slots .

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Ed Chamberlin: The moderator will be in Cheltenham this week

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Shortly after landing at Heathrow on Monday, Chamberlin said, “The most satisfying thing was to bring the Breeders’ Cup to a terrestrial audience in the UK for the first time and this extensive coverage. I am so grateful to the 300,000 people.” stayed up until the wee hours of Sunday morning to see the turf and other exploits of Charlie Appleby.

“When I came to ITV, I never thought that horse racing would be on the canal on a Saturday night in a million years. Saturday night on ITV is untouchable. It’s the holy grail, it’s ant and December time. It’s an entertainment channel and Saturday night is the biggest hour of the week and we did horse racing which is a bit surreal.

“I had no idea what we were going to get, and I certainly didn’t think that over 350,000 would be watching after midnight on Saturday. That blew me away, it shows ITV’s commitment to the sport. “

Chamberlin, who will lead ITV’s coverage of the Cheltenham Paddy Power meeting this week, praised the work of host broadcaster NBC Sports, whose team included Nick Luck.

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Yibir heads home in the Breeders' Cup Turf, which was shown on ITV's main channel

Yibir heads home in the Breeders’ Cup Turf, which was shown on ITV’s main channel

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“I love the speed at which they move and I always want to take the viewer on this fast-paced journey because nobody sits still these days and NBC moves so fast with its hosts,” he added. “You just get carried away and this is exactly my street, as if I were back on Saturday football with Jeff Stelling.

“It was such a great experience. I think they appreciated the effort we went into to be there and we were looked after like kings. Drew Fleming and his [Breeders’ Cup] Team couldn’t have done more. Every time we had a request, we got the same “We’re making it happen” which was so refreshing. We had a seat by the paddock and the access we got was exceptional. Everyone helped and NBC was so generous and welcomed us with open arms. “

The main host also praised the efforts of senior production manager Tasleem Hasham-Laywood, who helped coordinate the trip with ten crew members that included a late new pass for Harvey.

Chamberlin said, “It was pretty intimidating to get out of there though. We had to get special visas. They were a bit of fake paperwork away from not going as they were so strict. It wasn’t good that we were all getting there, but somehow Tas got us there.

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