Horse Racing Ireland (HRI) has today announced that IRIS,
a family run business based in Bartlemy, County Cork, has been awarded the
contract for the Provision of Televised Services to Irish horse racing.
The contract has been awarded by HRI and the Association
of Irish Racecourses (AIR), the representative body for Ireland’s racecourses.
It will run for an initial four-year period, beginning on May 1, 2020, with an
option to extend on an annual basis up to a maximum of 10 years following the
completion of an EU Tender process.
The contract for the Provision of Televised Services to
Irish horse racing is one of HRI’s largest supplier contracts and covers a
number of roles on each of Ireland’s 26 racecourses, including supplying
raceday integrity services to the Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board (IHRB),
racecourse CCTV and providing race coverage to Sports Information Services
(SIS) and Racing TV as well as working alongside terrestrial broadcasters.
Some new initiatives will see the provision for raceday
tracking cameras and the use of drone cameras which will greatly enhance the
Brian Kavanagh, CEO of Horse Racing Ireland, said:
“This new contract will see the introduction of a number
of innovations to enhance the Integrity and broadcast services across Irish
racing. We look forward to working with the team at IRIS to deliver these over
the coming months and years.
“There has been a favourable reaction to the trials of
the tracking cameras at a number of racecourses and we expect the drone
coverage will add another exciting dimension to the viewer experience. We thank
the IHRB for their valuable input in the process. The delivery of new
facilities within the Stewards’ Room and additional cameras at our racecourses
will assist the IHRB to deliver a best in class integrity service.”
Paddy Walsh, CEO of the Association of Irish
“We look forward to continuing to work with the team at
IRIS in continuing to deliver a top-class service across all Irish racecourses.
The introduction of some new technologies and additional cameras will further
enhance this service. IRIS is a valuable partner to the racecourses in
providing content to our media rights partners and engaging our customers on
Bart Arnold, Managing Director of IRIS, said:
“We are delighted to have the opportunity of continuing
to support Horse Racing Ireland and the Association of Irish Racecourses in the
provision of televised services to Irish horse racing. There are several new
technologies being introduced which will create innovative ways of viewing,
entertaining and informing racing fans around the world. The new arrangements
will see the introduction of best in class facilities for the raceday Stewards,
enhancing the integrity of Irish Horseracing into the future. A superb team of
people are in the background, delivering a quality service with
professionalism, commitment and enthusiasm.”