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  • #4915
    runandskip
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    yesterdays international at york was for me the race of the flat season so i set my video to start 15mins before post time to enjoy the build up.
    all i got was two blond bimbos chatting about the fashion, tarnya chatting about the extra distance covered in the eclipse, a interview with a trainer,qwick look at the runners parading, a commercial break, a shot of the stands and they were off!
    why did ch4 do this? they never used to ,i well remember them taking a long look at the horses in the paddock.
    is this down to dumbing down or are their sponsors the tote asking them to do it to stop punters picking the winners.
    all in all they ruined the great race for me.

    #112189
    MikkyMo73
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    If you’d have set your video 5 minutes earlier you would have seen them in the paddock, or it could have been the pre parade ring, but the definitely showed them.

    But I agree, when you would rather see the horses going to post, they usually show something relating to fashion these days – in fact, showing fashion at the races seems to be the fashion :lol:

    Mike

    #112190
    stevedvg
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    Everytime Fat Al introduces the pre-race ad break with "you’ll miss nothing, see you in a couple of minutes", I think

    "nothing, except major clues on how the horses will perform, you fekkin oaf!"

    Steve

    #112194
    Flash
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    Fashion again!!

    It’s starting to bug me now. Who are channel four trying to cater for on a Tuesday / Wednesday afternoon horse racing programme?

    Somebody needs to get a grip, get some balls and stop this nonsense. So Emma Spencer has a new top and the other girl bought a new dress – WHO THE HELL CARES? We tune in to watch the horse racing not that dross.

    (Unless Emma has bought some stockings and suspenders she’d like to parade :wink: )

    #112200
    rainbow-promises
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    I quite like to see the fashion but only coz i’m a 17 year old gurl who likes to get dressed up at every excuse! i hate the amount of breaks c4 takes though, just as your getting into something there is a damn break!

    i like to see the features at yards and things it interests me :D

    #112211
    graysonscolumn
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    (((awaits spirited defence of the non-racing coverage by Ugly Mare))).

    gc

    The patron saint of lower-grade fare. A gently critical friend of point-to-pointing. Kindness is a political act.

    #112217
    Mounty
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    I’d rather see the fashion than horses. Classic today – "here we have Heather and Michael", "Heather, is on the left…." – no ****, and there was me thinking it was a bloke in drag.

    #112220
    Meshaheer
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    I like to watch fashion related things, but I’ve got Trinny and Susannah and a plethora of other programmes for that…

    I want horse racing to be HORSE RACING. It’s not rocket science!!

    #112235
    steveh31
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    Why do C4 need NINE presenters lets see there was Thommo, Alastair Down, Emma Spencer, Simon Holt, John Francome, John McCririck, Tania Stevenson, Jm McGrath and some woman in a silly hat.

    They all had a piece to camera is c4 racing such a money maker they can afford to pay them all I wonder how much they all would have got paid all together.

    They didnt need Holt because Mike Cattermole (racecourse commentator) could have done that didnt need two pundits either McGrath or Francome would do. Thommo, Alastair or Spencer one will do, dont need McCrick and Stevenson again one or none and needless to say no fashion expert

    1 commentator 1 presenter 1 expert Racing Uk managaed with 1 presenter and an expert.

    #112244
    wit
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    Why do C4 need NINE presenters….is c4 racing such a money maker they can afford to pay them all I wonder how much they all would have got paid all together

    lucrative business the after-dinner / golf day / whatever appearance circuit, so maybe C4 plans to charge presenters for the exposure it gives them – in which case it would need surely at least an additional nine to cover the Tote sponsorship withdrawal.

    as to RUK, this from Dave Nevison’s RFO diary:

    "..evening meeting at Sandown…I was guesting on Racing UK… …after this summer, I need the two hundred quid I get from RUK."

    best regards

    wit

    #112246
    Artemis
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    I have great sympathy with my fellow forumites on the lack of racing in a racing programme. However, I think they miss the point.

    This is television and the first rule of the media is to get the audience and try to keep it. Ergo, the fashion, banter, the characters, the human interest angle, the emphasis on what happens next(drama). The actual racing and the horses are the sideshow, the attendant goings on are the main circus. If C4 concentrated purely on the sport, they would soon be history.

    If you want to focus on the racing, switch immediately(if you can afford it) to RUK and ATR. Both excellent providers of a surrogate day at the races for a fraction of the real cost.

    I must confess I enjoy both angles; C4 do a great job at entertaining while RUK/ATR provide just about all a serious racing fan could want as well as being entertaining.

    #112259
    clivex
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    Why does c4 feel it is going to be more appealing by dumbing down?

    The contrast with their cricket coverage, which went to great lengths to inform on what is also a very complicated sport, is huge.

    A bunch of northern boilers in their matalan gear is not fashion anyway

    The number of presenters is a problem. The programme lacks focus and gives the impression of being more concerned with proivding jobs for the boys/girls. Like radio five in its general coverage it comes across as smug and self satisfied

    But i have RUK so not bothered frankly…

    #112267
    robnorth
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    Why do C4 need NINE presenters lets see there was Thommo, Alastair Down, Emma Spencer, Simon Holt, John Francome, John McCririck, Tania Stevenson, Jm McGrath and some woman in a silly hat.

    Because someone else is paying?

    Rob

    #112290
    Flash
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    I have great sympathy with my fellow forumites on the lack of racing in a racing programme. However, I think they miss the point.

    This is television and the first rule of the media is to get the audience and try to keep it. Ergo, the fashion, banter, the characters, the human interest angle, the emphasis on what happens next(drama). .

    Who tunes in to a racing programme to look at fashion?

    Royal Ascot maybe but Yorks Ebor meeting? Come on. The only people that tune into that are people who want to watch racing.

    #112292
    MikkyMo73
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    I didn’t take much notice of Ch.4 today as I was channel hopping, but I can’t recall seeing the fashion expert today – was she on?

    For the record, I am very much of the opinion that horse racing programmes should be about horse racing. Yes I know they have 30-35 minutes to kill between races, but surely more emphasis should be on the racing rather than having some fashion expert gave us commentary on what the people are wearing.

    Mike

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