ITV announces horse racing line-up for 2017

In anticipation of its major coverage next year, ITV has announced the line-up for its horse racing shows - including some top-notch presenters, commentators, and equestrian experts.

The channel's "weekly racing morning magazine show" will see Oli Bell filling in the presenting role, with Richard Hoiles and Mark Johnson commentating. As for the experts' unbridled opinions, they'll come from Hayley Turner, Mick Fitzgerald, Jason Weaver, Luke Harvey, and Brian Gleeson.

Brough Scott, Frankie Dettori, and Victoria Pendleton will all be along for the ride too as regular guests and contributors.

Reporting, meanwhile, will be Alice Plunkett, Rishi Persad, and Sally-Ann Grassick, with Lucy Verasamy saddled with the weather reports.

That lot will join the names that ITV has already announced earlier: Ed Chamberlin taking the reins as ITV's main racing presenter, plus Francesca and Matt Chapman.

"I am hugely excited about this opportunity and am really looking forward to fronting the Saturday morning magazine show," Oli Bell said. "I can't wait to kick on now and work closely with the excellent team that ITV have assembled both on screen and behind the camera."

Overall, you'll be able to watch nearly 100 days of racing each year for the next four years on ITV's various free-to-air channels.

All that coverage will start on New Year's Day at Cheltenham, and over the course of the year it'll include 41 more racing days on ITV1 - covering the Grand National, Epsom Derby, Royal Ascot, the Five Classics, and more.

Source: ITV

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