Channel 7 bosses stay decided to push ahead with modern plans for jockeys to put on AirPods pre-race on Gold Coast Magic Tens of millions day.
The plan, exclusively revealed by Racenet on Tuesday, is for jockeys to be handed AirPods earlier than the race soar and be interviewed by 7 personalities together with Bruce McAvaney earlier than handing again the AirPods previous to the beginning.
The plan was questioned by some racing identities on Wednesday, together with those that mistakenly believed jockeys would put on AirPods throughout races.
Star jockey James McDonald, who will trip Spywire within the $3m 2YO Traditional, additionally informed radio he wasn’t an enormous fan of the thought and claimed he had “sufficient stuff operating by means of my thoughts earlier than the gates open.”
However a well-placed Channel 7 supply informed Racenet they’d no plans to stroll away from the idea.
They stated it will go forward with choose jockeys on Saturday, pending remaining technical testing on Friday.
It’s a special tackle Racing Victoria’s failed plan for jockeys to wear interactive ear pieces throughout races, which obtained vital criticism when revealed final 12 months.
Melbourne Cup-winning jockey Craig Williams informed Racenet yesterday that he was a supporter of the idea.
“I feel that something that helps carry racing a brand new viewers is terrific, so long as the protection of horse and rider and by no means compromised,” he stated.
Queensland Jockeys’ Affiliation boss Glen Prentice yesterday stated he had briefed jockeys and that they had been typically supportive of the plan.
“The jockeys had been very receptive in Queensland and that was the identical because the Sydney jockeys,” Prentice stated.
“I didn’t get a lot of a response from the Victorian jockeys however usually with this stuff, it’s one in, all in. I feel it’s a good way to go ahead with fan engagement and, so long as all the pieces is finished correctly, it must be an actual winner.”
Initially revealed as Channel 7 to push ahead with plan for pre-race interviews with jockeys via AirPods