As one of the most prestigious horse racing events came to light again, Broadcast RF were on hand with ten HD Wireless Camera Systems that included five hand held/steadi cams, two tracking vehicle RF links a few fixed cameras and a wirecam to broadcast the twenty six live races as they happened.
The festival kicked off on Tuesday 13th March 2012 with the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle won by Cinders and Ashes. It was a very close race when it came to places, but no one seriously challenged the victor once he got to the front. The Champion Hurdle also took place, which everyone thought would be all about Hurricane Fly, with Binocular being the threat. In the end both were beaten by Rock On Ruby.
Seven races took place on Wednesday, one of which was the Queen Mothers Champion Race, believed by many to be the most exciting race of the year. Sizing Europe lost his title this year, after winning this race for the past two years, to Teaforthree ridden by JT McNamara.
Thursday is also the day Cheltenham does its bit for charity. A dozen jockeys, the majority who have never ridden in a race before, will take part in the St Patrick’s Day Derby and get a chance to sample the racecourse’s special atmosphere. The race over one mile long is in aid of Cancer Research UK. Riders taking part include Olympic event organiser Tina Cook, Donald McCain’s sister Jo, Gina Bryce, a presenter on Attheraces, and Wendy Normile whose brother died of cancer in 2010.
The biggest highlight of the four day horse racing event, was of course, the Cheltenham Gold Cup race, won by Synchronised and his jockey AP McCoy. Pre race expectations were blown off course as Kauto Star failed to complete the race after winning it the previous two years and his competitor Long Run lacking the pace that he carried throughout last years race.