From tomorrow Channel 4’s The Morning Line show will return to its former 9am slot with the legendary 20 times Champion Jockey, AP McCoy, making his debut appearance as a member of the racing team live from Cheltenham’s Open meeting.
“Few sports can boast a dedicated show like this one, broadcast almost year round. The show’s longevity is testament to its ability to reinvent itself and we have exciting plans for The Morning Line going forward.” – Steve Lyle, Channel 4’s Commissioning Editor for Sport
Channel 4 will continue to provide the digital +1 service for The Morning Line from 10 – 11am.
The Morning Line – a live dedicated horse racing breakfast programme – was launched in 1989 and has provided the sport with a noteworthy 26 years and some 1,500 hours of weekly equine news, racing previews and betting updates ahead of afternoon racing. Originally launched as a 30-minute show, the series has undergone a variety of refreshments from the introduction of a set, to monthly stable visits, big race specials and daily breakfast shows for key race meetings such as the Cheltenham Festival, QIPCO British Champions Day, Royal Ascot and Kempton Park’s Boxing Day fixture.
The racing show is one of the longest running sports magazine programmes on British television. AP McCoy signed up to appear on the Channel 4 Racing shows last month, the broadcaster announced.
“I’ve been very lucky and privileged to have enjoyed a fantastic career as a jump jockey. I’m looking forward to working with Channel 4 over the next year and delighted to be back at some of the main festivals with a top presentation team.” – AP McCoy
There has never been a jockey like AP McCoy who has a mind blowing 4357 victories to his name, 20 consecutive Champion Jump Jockey titles, and has won virtually every major race including two Cheltenham Gold Cups, three Champion Hurdles and the Grand National. In 2010, ‘The Champ’ was recognised as one of the greatest sportsman of our time by winning BBC Sports Personality of the Year.
As part of his year long engagement with the broadcaster, AP will work on The Open, the Hennessy Gold Cup, the William Hill King George, Cheltenham’s January Trials meeting, two days from Cheltenham Festival, the Crabbie’s Grand National and the Investec Derby. He will also take in two days from Royal Ascot, additional days from York’s Ebor Festival and will re-join for the flat season finale QIPCO British Champions Day.
The Morning Line airs on Channel 4 at 9am on Saturday November 14th.