We're proud to say that we'll be working with Channel 4 Racing at the Grand National meeting with our Jockey Cam.
Since 2013 we've been working to bring a first person view to see what a jockeys sees while riding in a race, packaged in frame weighing less than 80 grams and delivering a full HD picture.
It's been quite a journey working with our developers, Lyte, and we hope you enjoy seeing the pictures generated over the next three days - and the future.
As mentioned below, we're grateful to all those within the racing industry who have offered their support, including the BHA and PJA, without whom we would never have got to this stage, and of course to all the jockeys who have worked with us.
The Channel 4 press release is below.
Channel 4 to use Jockey Cam at Grand National Festival
2014 Grand National winning jockey, Leighton Aspell, to wear first ever, high definition Jockey Cam
During the three-day Crabbie’s Grand National Festival, four top jump jockeys will wear Channel 4’s new jockey-cam for all races covered on Channel 4 including the spectacular four miles, three and a half furlongs showcase.
The high definition camera will give a jockey’s eye view of the Aintree courses, taking the audience right into the heart of the race – with footage used as part of the post-race analysis.
Leighton Aspell - last year’s Grand National winning jockey, will wear the light-weight purpose-built moulded camera in Saturday’s showcase when he takes up the ride on Hennessy Gold Cup winner and 25/1 fancy, Many Clouds. Gavin Sheehan, Will Kennedy and others have also agreed to wear the jockeycam with the kind support from their owners and trainers.
Thrilled with the opportunity to broadcast an initiative view from the Crabbie’s Grand National and other feature races, Denise Large, Director of Programmes for Channel 4 Racing, explains: “This year, Channel 4 viewers will be able to experience the jockeys point of view when riding around Aintree.
“I would like to thank the British Horseracing Authority and the Profession Jockeys Association for all of their support, and all the jockeys who have tested the camera on the training ground. Without them this would not be possible.
“This technology brings racing to the forefront amongst other sports who have developed on board POV cameras. It has been a major achievement to launch this High Definition jockeycam, and the development of such a small device with sound was paramount to it being able to be used in race riding. The results should give the most dynamic pictures and insight into the Grand National.”
Equine Productions has been working with Channel 4 and IMG to help develop the camera.
Director, Nathan Horrocks, adds: “We're so excited that people across the world are going to see these images and at such an important Festival.
“It’s something which is personally very close to my heart - I’m desperate for as many people as possible to see what a jockey goes through in a race, and also the courage of the horse, at first hand.
“Capturing a true first person perspective opens this up, and we’re grateful for all the support we’ve received from within the industry to help us reach this point.”