The start of the new harness racing season kicks off a milestone year for Trackside as it counts down to its 20th anniversary of broadcasting in early November.
“The 20th anniversary gives us the opportunity to give Trackside a bit of makeover,” said Glen Broomhall, Trackside boss and NZ Racing Board General Manager Broadcasting.
“We will be introducing a fresh look later in the year, but from August we’ll be revamping some of our programme content and look, as well as bringing in some new shows as we build up to 20 years on air.”
There will be plenty for Trackside viewers to enjoy from August 1, starting with the launch of a new breeding show called Kiwi Bred.
Hosted by respected sports broadcaster and former international cricketer Simon Doull, Kiwi Bred screens at 8pm on Wednesday nights and takes a fresh look at the Kiwi breeding industry, highlighting some of the country’s prominent stud farms together with stallions both established and new.
Following Kiwi Bred at 8.30pm, The Box Seat will have the same great content but a fresh look and feel, with new titles and graphics throughout the programme.
New season Saturdays will see The First Call with a new look and format and a new starting time of 10am.
Presenters Karyn Fenton Ellis and Stu Laing will continue to lead The First Call team from the Waikato studio, while veteran racing broadcaster and personality Des Coppins steps aside to focus on Radio Trackside responsibilities, although he will still make regular appearances.
The final addition to the August line-up is a six-episode show called Your Choice hosted by Trackside’s George Simon and Mark McNamara.
Your Choice will celebrate Trackside’s 20 years of broadcasting, giving viewers the chance to nominate their favourite races shown on Trackside since 1992.
These viewer requests, plus the hosts’ own favourites, will make for a nostalgic look at the past two decades of racing on Trackside.
Viewers get a chance to win a day trackside with three mates at the NZ Galloping Cup at Riccarton in November.
Join Trackside in the new season as celebrations get underway in anticipation of a milestone year.
TRACKSIDE’S 20TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS
- Kiwi Bred - Wednesdays from August 1 at 8pm
- The Box Seat - Wednesdays from August 1 at 8.30pm
- The First Call - Saturdays from August 4 at 10am
- Your Choice - Mondays from August 20 at 8pm