Bookmakers across the country were besieged by punters as AP ‘Tony’ McCoy finally clinched a record-breaking 4,000th career win on a pleasantly warm Thursday afternoon at Towcester race course. McCoy, 39, who passed the previous record of 1699 career wins 11 years ago, was filmed crossing the finishing line in the 15:10 race on Mountain Tunes, with all the race drama, rejoicing and backslapping beamed into bookmakers across the UK and to the At the Races (ATR) channel for those watching at home.
SIS LIVE was there providing its usual high-quality coverage for shops and At The Races, and were able to make sure McCoy’s achievement was captured in full. SIS LIVE’s HD1 outside broadcast vehicle was deployed to produce coverage of this momentous event, with eight race cameras located at various points around the track and two extras rigged to follow the winners into the paddock. A specially installed super slow motion camera on the finish line caught the historic win in exquisite detail and an RF presentation camera captured the celebrations of McCoy and his team. SIS commentators added their typical colour to the event, ensuring the moment could be savoured and appreciated completely.
In addition to the race coverage on fibre optic cables, one of SIS LIVE’s satellite uplink units – SIS 30 – was also on site with three camera operators providing additional presentation services for William Hill and ATR. A dedicated SIS LIVE engineer handled the uplinking of signals from site to the company’s teleport and MCR facility at Milton Keynes. From here race and presentation feeds were downlinked, routed into the SIS production studios and used to create programming which was then transmitted via satellite to licensed betting offices all over the world.
McCoy, having inched closer to the 4,000 mark over the last week, needed just one winner from two rides at Towcester – and he came home on Mountain Tunes in front of a bumper crowd at the Northamptonshire track. The race could not have been more exciting, with Mountain Tunes two lengths down at the final flight but getting up a head of steam, stumbling on landing but able to quickly regain momentum and with the will of the bumper crowd carrying him along, gradually overhauling Jamie Moore on Kris Spin.
Afterwards, mobbed by well-wishers and having been showered in champagne, McCoy said: “It was just amazing, it couldn’t have worked out any better. Racing people are fantastic; they are so pleased for me.”
David Meynell, Managing Director, SIS LIVE said “SIS LIVE covers thousands of races every year but this one was quite special and really captured the attention of sports fans across the UK. Our racing OB teams have unparalleled experience of covering racing in the UK and it was great that there was so much interest in the material they produced. We decided to use a super Slo-mo, which added to the drama of the day and are now considering making this a standard offering for all of our racing coverage. We continue to innovate for UK racing and look forward to the next milestone, which I am sure our teams will deliver to their usual exceptional standards.”
This infographic shows how SIS delivers live pictures to bookies (click image to enlarge)