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Ryan Maloney rides Alligator Blood to victory in the Magic Millions earlier in the year (Getty Images)

Racing Queensland broadcasting deal remains ongoing 

The racing media rights in Queensland have yet to be finalised despite the Brisbane Racing Club re-signing with Australia's premier racing broadcaster, Sky Racing last week.

The media rights deal was expected to be finalised by the end of last month with Sky, Racing.com, Channel 7 and Channel 10 all interested in broadcasting Queensland meetings, but there is yet to be a formal announcement from Racing Queensland.

Negotiations in Queensland are sometimes complicated due to the fact that the BRC has media rights to Doomben and Eagle Farm meetings and while Racing Queensland controls the remainder of the state.

RQ was expected to handle all the negotiations but Sky and the BRC inked a deal last week.

No details of the Sky-BRC deal have been released but it is understood to include more showcasing of the sport in the pre and post coverage of meetings.

The news is viewed as a major win for Sky because in recent months some key Queensland industry figures had been openly campaigning for a change from Sky's long-running hold on media rights in the state.

A Racing Queensland spokesperson confirmed the remainder of the negotiations are set to continue with no fixed date set for completion.

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