FOUR days of racing gold – the TV promos are calling us to arms for next week’s Cheltenham Festival. Six races on ITV and a dedicated racing channel for the whole day on Racing TV– what more can we want despite the times we are enduring.

Since it acquired the rights for Irish racing coverage, Racing TV, as a subscription channel, has often come in for some criticism, notwithstanding that many big sporting events are increasingly pay-per-view for one-off contests.