April 14, 2007 at 14:39 #1372
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<br>Aussie Jim is a terrible commentator.April 14, 2007 at 14:56 #51639
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What about Scu. Interviewing the Carberry’s and sympathising with the plight of their father watching at home, Tommy CARMODY (unless he knows something we don’t!). In addition he asks Paul Carberry how he feels about riding Barrow Point.<br>April 14, 2007 at 15:01 #51640
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His introduction of the phrase "under punishment" when describing a horse under the whip in Al Eile’s race portrayed a poor image of racing to once a year viewers watching the BBC’s bloated dumbed down coverage.<br>Aussie Jim is probably hamstrung by the Beeb’s daft rule preventing him commentating at racecourses- he doesn’t get enough practice.April 14, 2007 at 15:52 #51641
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McGrath has made so many mistakes at this meeting and shows how standards at the BBC have declined. Clare Balding wins the prize for her jockey ejaculation comment!April 14, 2007 at 16:01 #51642
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Quote: from Lingfield on 4:01 pm on April 14, 2007[br]<br>Aussie Jim is probably hamstrung by the Beeb’s daft rule preventing him commentating at racecourses- he doesn’t get enough practice. <br>
He’s actually made a slight return to course commentary recently. Recall him in action at Carlisle and Fakenham this winter.
Never really rated him as a competent race reader and I’m not keen on the Oz twang.April 14, 2007 at 18:02 #51643
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This has been the worst BBC coverage of racing I have ever seen.Today waqs slightly better but the last two days could have come from any couse anywhere,it so lacked atmosphere.<br>My biggest pet hate4 of their commentator is when he referes to the word position as "posi" grrrrrrApril 14, 2007 at 18:13 #51644
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He was a good commentator, gone completely wrong over the last few years.
He’s got lazy. Every race commented on the same, "out deeper on the track", "pozi", "further back", "further back in the field" etc, etc – he clearly doesn’t learn the colours in advance of the race and needs the verbal ticks to give him time to look colours up (I thought he was better in the National which I bet he’d prepped properly for).
It’s a shame because I like the guy and I really want him to improve.
Ridiculous that next to no-one gets tol hear the excellent John Hunt on the radio.April 14, 2007 at 18:33 #51645
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Richard Hoiles commentated on one of the races yesterday I think, decent commentator indeed. The Cat continues to improve too.
Is Simon Holt contracted to only commentate for Ch. 4?April 14, 2007 at 18:56 #51646
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For a small fee you can ring me from anywhere in the world and I’ll give a full blooded commentary over the blower. After a free trial this year, I’m considering launching this service commercially for 2008 😉April 14, 2007 at 19:22 #51648
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Nothing to do with Jim but with the bbc cameras trained on Silver Birch and Slim Pickings on the run in the run of McKelvey was almost missed.April 14, 2007 at 23:40 #51649
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Quote: from Wallace on 4:52 pm on April 14, 2007[br]McGrath has made so many mistakes at this meeting and shows how standards at the BBC have declined. Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Clare Balding wins the prize for her jockey ejaculation comment!<br>
The ejaculation comment caused great hilarity in my household. Perhaps proof of the pressure presenters are under to find the right words…April 15, 2007 at 06:43 #51651
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Glad someone else noticed Balding’s "ejaculating jockeys forward" comment. I thought I was hallucinating. And why use three words when you can use two? Surely one can’t ejaculate backwards?April 15, 2007 at 06:51 #51653
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it’s not harsh at all. Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â He continuely trips over and corrects his own mistakes. This is very poor. His level of preparation and speed of thought is just not good enough, he might as well be watching a different race.
Saying that "Albertas Run has sprinted three lengths clear!" when it’s bearly one in front with numerous horses in with a chance, is very bad. Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Then to simply concentrate on the gambled on "Refinement", only to see it flatten out, is worse.
Aussie Jim’s commentry was a gamble, this is not racereading. Sack him.
byefrom<br>carlisle<br>April 15, 2007 at 08:35 #51657
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He’s poor, misses many fallers. I believe John Hanmer is still in the background as his spotter which can’t help. I’ve noticed recently when McGrath does manage to see a horse make a mistake he often dwells on and over exaggerates the seriousness of the error.<br>April 15, 2007 at 10:10 #51658
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It could be worse – we could have Tony O’Herir as the lead commentator 😮
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