John McCririck begins his case for unfair dismissal this week against Channel 4. He is fighting on the grounds of ageism.
What can not be disputed is that McCririck drew a crowd. It may sometimes have been the witless gurning mob who gathered around him in the betting ring but he was always a magnet for curiosity. He was part of a family that presented racing on the Channel for 29 years that contrived to bring warmth, humour and argument to our screens.
When I was out to dinner earlier this year fellow ex presenter John Francome confided to me that the current racing presentation team had little personality and the jury was out on how long they would last.
I wish the Big Buffoon good luck at his tribunal and it would be wonderful to see him charmer Francome and Fat Al all back on Channel 4 Racing.
Another great Month for Bankers Bonus as they finish top of the Betfan Tipster Table for September waltzing away with first prize. We have now finished top of the pops in two of the last four months.
If I carry on like this I think I will have to enter Strictly Come Dancing as in our current form we are unstoppable. So if you are still looking for the number one tipster come and join us now.
Plenty of racing up and down the Country today and for Howies Hottie I’m going to play in the 5.30 Salisbury. The lucky last is a handicap over 1 mile 6 furlongs and I’m rowing in on The Betchworth Kid who is owned by Henry Ponsonby.
Henry was the first person to run syndicates and sell small shares in horses way back over 30 years ago and give the man in the street a chance to get involved in ownership. I have been informed that our selection who is now an 8 year old will be retired if he wins today having been a super servant to connections.
The thing is the gelding has plumeted in the weights this season but must have soft ground so I will be doing a rain dance and not the waltz this morning. If we do get suitable ground he should put up a good show at a working mans price.
One other tip today is are you watching Peaky Blinders on BBC 2? It’s a superb series about a gang of illegal bookies just after the First World War set in Birmingham. Don’t miss it this week.
Zain Eagle trainer G.Butler – After winning two on the trot he disappointed at Chester where the tight course did not suit. He is a lot better than that for sure.
King Of The Danes trainer M.Johnson – Ran in the same race as the above horse and after a spell on the side lines he needed the run. Will be fitter next time and sure to go close.
Fury trainer W.Haggas – He ran a blinder in the Cambridgeshire despite wanting much softer ground. When he gets his conditions he is handicapped to win.
Amralah trainer M.Channon – A recent eyecatcher who I said wanted a shorter trip. Channon decided he wanted further and he duly obliged over 12 furlongs. The trainer was right and I was wrong. It goes to show not even I get it right all the time. However now the horse has won I’m prepared to follow him over whatever distance Mick chooses for him.
Back next Wednesday have a good week and be lucky.