TAGS:

A petition has been posted on the Downing Street website appealing against the BBC’s planned cutback of racing on television.

The channel is set to have its racing days cut from 29 to just 14 in 2010 — to the anger of fans and the industry.

Major races — including the Grand National and the Derby will continue to be broadcast but other races such as the Welsh National — which attracted 1.1million viewers on 27 December — face the axe.

It also means there would be no live racing shown on BBC between October and April.

As of today (Thursday 8 January) over 800 people had signed the petition including prominent names in the industry — like jockeys, trainers and journalists.

Signatures must be submitted by 2 April.

http://petitions.number10.gov.uk/bbcracing/