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Please note: Contingency plans for Cheltenham meet on 1st January

If Cheltenham is abandoned Channel 4 Racing will show four live races from Musselburgh with Clare Balding hosting live insert from Nicky Henderson's Lambourn yard. (Race details to be confirmed)

The programme will be reduced to a two hour slot.

New Year's Day 2013 sees the new look Channel 4 Racing team live in action with Clare Balding leading the presentation team in her inaugural Cheltenham broadcast. The extended two-hour-thirty-minute programme starts at 1pm and takes in six competitive races from Cheltenham and Musselburgh Racecourses.

"I can't wait to get started on presenting regular racing for Channel 4, says Clare. "I'm excited about presenting from Cheltenham for the first time on terrestrial television, being back at Newbury, Glorious Goodwood and working at York Racecourse for the first time since Royal Ascot was hosted there in 2005. Channel 4 has assembled a fabulous team and I'm thrilled to be a part of it."

Graham Cunningham, a new face to mainstream television, adds: "The canny John Francome has said a few people will be thinking they are lucky to be asked to be part of Channel 4's team for 2013 - he's dead right!

"What more can you ask than to be given a chance to cover some of the best racing on the planet in a team which is mad keen to keep every angle covered? Fans of the sport won't take second best and from January 1st we have to live up to those high expectations."

His side-kick, Jim McGrath, explains: "I've been lucky enough to have been a part of the Channel 4 Racing team since it was inaugurated in the mid eighties. The contract between IMG, Channel 4 and Britain's Racecourses which is about to kick in means all terrestrial coverage is now in our hands. This will brings new challenges, together with a responsibility to do our utmost for everyone involved in the sport and, also, all for its fans. It's a huge privilege for any commentator."

Channel 4's punditry team, which also includes Mick Fiztgerald, will use a travelling 12m x 5m expandable studio as a base during afternoon racing. Housed in the studio is a bespoke touchscreen table specifically created by U Touch and powered by Hego software. The interactive race analysis tool will enable the Morning Line and punditry team to preview and review races using telestration but also drive the programme editorial with touchscreen access to jockeys, horses and trainers' profiles and statistics. An overhead camera will be placed in the studio to enhance the viewers' experience.

Top commentator, Simon Holt, says: "2013 should be an exciting year for racing as the sport searches for new stars to replace the likes of Frankel and Kauto Star, and it will be a particular thrill to call the races in which such new talent is most likely to emerge and, in the major races, come to fruition."

In 2013 Channel 4 will broadcast 88 days of live racing action - over 300 hours of terrestrial exposure and 62 Morning Line shows. IMG Sports Media take responsibility of British horse racing coverage with Carl Hicks appointed Executive Producer.

Hicks' sporting and racing pedigree will be reinforced with colleagues Denise Large (programme director) and Sophie Veats (Morning Line producer). He says: "January 1 sees a start of a new adventure of which we're in for the long haul. I would like to thank the racecourses for their cooperation and the support we have received from the sport as we set out for a new enterprise.

"We plan to make an impact from day one with the entire team on-course - weather permitting!"

2013 NEW YEAR RESOLUTIONS

Clare Balding

To keep treating life as a big adventure and never be afraid of a new challenge.

Nick Luck

To become Emma Spencer's confectionery broker and/or Rishi Persad's golf caddy!

Jim McGrath

This should be to stop eating as much chocolate. I'll definitely make it on New Year's Day but how long it will last...........

Graham Cunningham

Consider the evidence then count to five. And if it still feels like the right thing to say one you've done so then say it with conviction.

Mick Fitzgerald

To become less possessive if the remote control!

Alice Plunkett

To get fit and win a race!

Emma Spencer

To wear wedges when I'm working (well that's the aim anyway)!!

Rishi Persad

To tell people what I honestly think more often and be tougher.

Simon Holt

I have the same New Year's Resolution every year - for cleaner living and purer thought. I'm still trying....

Tanya Stevenson

I don't really believe in New Year's resolutions as it never crosses my mind, but perhaps something I may be thinking about is going to return to study advanced maths, chemistry and IT.

Gina Bryce

To ride out more. Luckily for the training fraternity it is too late for me to pursue a career in the saddle but I'd like to get out on the gallops more, get fit and hopefully be able to compete in some charity races later in the year.

2013 TRAINER TO FOLLOW

Clare Balding

Rebecca Curtis.

Nick Luck

Michael Appleby: Former Andrew Balding assistant has shown a sure touch turning base metal into gold, and can do better still granted stronger raw materials.

Jim McGrath

Lucinda Russell. Bit by bit, the quality of Lucinda's string is improving. She's always been talented and now, with better-quality raw material, she's starting to prove it on bigger stages. Expect more of the same.

Graham Cunningham

David O'Meara trained 25 winners on the Flat in his debut season in 2010 and followed up with 48 in 2011 and almost 70 in 2012. It's a fair bet he will up the ante again in 2013 and punters are already well aware that he knows exactly when his horses are ready to step up in grade.

Mick Fitzgerald

Tom Symonds - a very bright former assistant to Nicky Henderson.

Alice Plunkett

Marco Botti

Emma Spencer

David O'Meara to continue to do a fantastic job.

Rishi Persad

Jumps - Martin Keighley, Flat - Marco Botti.

Simon Holt

Charlie Longsdon is a jumps trainer to follow while, on the Flat, Marco Botti looks likely to become a major force.

Tanya Stevenson

Mikel Dezangles to continue to establish himself as one of the world's best

Gina Bryce

Peter Chapple-Hyam - with the news that he has attracted the support of Qatar Racing for the upcoming flat season, I expect his St Gatien Stables to be back in the headlines in 2013. The recipient of two yearlings from Sheikh Fahad Al Thani's syndicate including the year's top priced colt, Hydrogen, who passed through the ring for a cool 2.5 million guineas, Chapple-Hyam has proved he can get the job done with the right ammunition. His role of honour includes the three parts brother to Hydrogen, Authorised, who he trained to win the 2007 Derby.

2013 JOCKEY TO FOLLOW

Clare Balding

Lucy Alexander.

Nick Luck

Graham Lee: Ridiculously smooth transition to the Flat in 2012 - what price he challenges for the championship this time around?

Jim McGrath

Apprentice Laura Barry, who so far has ridden 15 winners, including three for me last season on a filly called Sunny Side Up. At present she is apprenticed to Richard Fahey. Laura is definitely promising, brave and has a good feel for racing. However, she's young and there are raw edges. At the end of the season, Richard urged her to work hard to improve her fitness in readiness for 2013.

Graham Cunningham

How about Sam Twiston-Davies? He continues to impress for his dad Nigel but surely deserves a wider showcase for his talents after continuing his progress in 2012.

Mick Fitzgerald

Very good young lad called Paul O'Brien. I watched him ride his first winner in this country at Fakenham two weeks ago.

Alice Plunkett

Brendon Powell Junior

Emma Spencer

Graham Lee to be a leading contender for champion Flat jockey as in my eyes it's a big head start being based in the north as he will clean up with the southern ammunition.

Rishi Persad

Jumps - Ryan Mania, Flat - Harry Bentley.

Simon Holt

With his new job riding for Sheikh Al Thani, who looks set to become a massive influence - along with other Qatari interests - on British racing much to the sport's benefit, Jamie Spencer could be a jockey to watch out for next year while it will also be interesting to see how Frankie Dettori re-establishes himself after his much publicised suspension.

Tanya Stevenson

Jockey Daniel Muscutt, to date he may have only won nine races, but on his effort aboard Rocky Reef at Doncaster in October, surely there are plenty more victories to come. Andrew Balding has been a master of bringing through apprentices and Daniel Muscutt could be his next great find.

Gina Bryce

Graham Lee. 100 winners and counting in his first season, Lee has been unstoppable since switching to the flat. He already has a Stewards Cup victory to his name and I'd expect to see him dominating on many more of the big days next year.

2013 HORSE TO FOLLOW

Clare Balding

Flemenstar trained by Peter Casey.

Nick Luck

Moohaajim: Marco Botti's colt would likely have beaten Reckless Abandon in the Middle Park, but for the softish ground, and can make up into a leading contender for the 2000 Guineas.

Jim McGrath

Singersongwriter, trained by Ed Dunlop, who won her only start, a maiden race at Doncaster last October, despite looking very green. By Raven's Pass, she's a half-sister to Mount Nelson and Monitor Closely and, bred to stay at least a mile and a quarter, should make a lovely three-year-old.

Graham Cunningham

Mark Johnston's Scepticism is a very ordinary handicapper based on his bare form in deep ground. But he isn't bred to be a mudlark and he doesn't move like a mudlark. Marked improvement is probable once he strengthens and gets the chance to tackle a sound surface.

Mick Fitzgerald

Kashmir Peak trained by John Quinn won at Doncaster and will win the Triumph!

Alice Plunkett

Dodging Bullets trained by Paul Nicholls.

Emma Spencer

Caravan Rolls on trained by Peter Chapple-Hyam.

Rishi Persad

Jumps - Fascino Rustico, Flat - Telescope.

Simon Holt

Over jumps, I suspect all eyes will be trained on the superb Sprinter Sacre when he runs in the Queen Mother Champion Chase at the Cheltenham Festival where the battle for the Trainers Championship between Paul Nicholls and Nicky Henderson will be reaching a climactic stage.

Tanya Stevenson

I'm looking forward to are both What A Name and Treve. The pair are trained in France, What A Name misguidedly try to come from behind Olympic Glory at Longchamp at the Arc meeting but should she wish she would be my pick in the Qipco 1000 Guineas. The second, Treve has only had one race to date at Longchamp on 22 September. Her trainer was incredibly happy and animated in the winners' enclosure giving hint that this filly has enormous potential.

Gina Bryce

Tarikhi (Saeed Bin Suroor)

I was really impressed with this American-bred son of Bernardini when he won his maiden at Newmarket in October. He did it the hard way, making all, but kept on really well in soft ground to win. It's difficult to know where he sits in the Godolphin pecking order but he is a really impressive looking individual, holds a Derby entry and will hopefully develop into a decent prospect next season.

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