Dear god, I don’t remember that one at all! Awful stuff! (I suspect it’s one RTÉ aren’t keen to remember either).
Sports Stadium, RTÉ’s version of Grandstand (which had been axed in 1997) filled up a lot of its hours relaying exactly whatever racing Grandstand happened to be showing. A lot of the time they would freeze frame the result of the race when they finished their coverage, but sometimes not, and it wouldn’t be unusual to get a few seconds of Des Lynam or Steve Rider before the cut back to the RTÉ studio. Of course, memorably the Sports Stadium theme was Europe’s “The Final Countdown”, probably the anthesis of the above.
It’s theme music like that that possibly drove whoever in RTÉ, about 2003, decided to junk all of its sports themes and replace them with various “ominous Latin chanting” type themes (even The Sunday Game’s theme was not immune, though they brought it back a few years later). The rugby union theme is still there, a relic of that era. Can’t remember if racing got one though.
You have to remember the budget RTE had and has for sport, especially back in the 60s to the 90s. It was a dribble. The best they could do was provide the coverage from the BBC or ITV.
For a good part of Ireland in the 60s - 90s, they did not have access to the UK channels, and so RTE provided sporting coverage from BBC Grandstand and to a lesser degree ITV World of Sport during this time.
Apres Match gang really took the mick out of this in their special looking back at the 1980s and just how appalling RTE Sports coverage was. Coming from a studio the size of a garage, with plywood board for a backdrop and an inept presenter at the helm.