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  • #21707
    phil walker
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    Were my eyes deceiving me or did I see Graham Cunningham on the Morning Line today? I hope he’s a permanent addition to the team

    #403192
    Bosranic
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    Agreed, phil.

    The guy is a class act and respected beyond these shores. Well spoken and knowledgeable, without the condescending attitude.

    Here is in a fantastic edition of TVG Roundtable with Graham Cunningham.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bN0G_Z5xhFc

    #403208
    CrustyPatch
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    Were my eyes deceiving me or did I see Graham Cunningham on the Morning Line today? I hope he’s a permanent addition to the team

    Tanya Stevenson, looking resplendent in a grey lampshade and fake tan, described Graham Cunningham as "top analyst for Racing UK".
    Channel 4 certainly pulled out all the stops on the Morning Line for one of the most important racing weekends of the year, with two classics on offer.
    You can’t get much better and more exciting than "bloodstock agent to the stars" David Redvers as the main guest. Not to mention "new signing" and "one of Newmarket’s very own", Jackie Jarvis, for a look at the two-year-olds. She featured another household name, trainer Ed Walker.
    What happened to trying to get the biggest names for the biggest racing days?
    I saw Emma Spencer described elsewhere yesterday as looking like The Joker with her prominent painted eyebrows.

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    cormack15
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    They may not have had Aidan O’Brien doing the guest test or Sir Henry contending with McCririck’s claptrap, but I really enjoyed David Redvers’ contribution and it was good to see an up and coming trainer like Walker featured too.

    On the whole, I thought the Morning Line was OK yesterday.

    But I do have to say the dream team of Cattermole/Spencer leave me cold as anchors for the afternoon shift. Nothing against them at all, they seem perfectly nice, hard working individuals who are competent enough but they don’t have the necessary gravitas or, for want of a better descriptor, ooomph.

    We all know who’d be perfect for the CH4 main job now that the BBC have finally abandoned racing entirely…

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    CrustyPatch
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    We all know who’d be perfect for the CH4 main job now that the BBC have finally abandoned racing entirely…

    Certainly agree that, now that the BBC have abandoned racing, Willie Carson and John Parrott would make a perfect replacement presenting team for Channel 4 next year. Their gravitas would certainly provide a much-needed boost.
    I have ruled out Clare Balding because she is too professional, fluent, knowledgeable, unflappable and authoritative. Clearly, therefore, totally unsuitable.

    #403234
    steveh31
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    Graham has an annoying habit of looking into the camera realising he is on camera then putting on a strange smile and not being able to look away again, very off putting.

    #403358
    wordfromthewise
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    Graham has an annoying habit of looking into the camera realising he is on camera then putting on a strange smile and not being able to look away again, very off putting.

    Agree totally …….May know his stuff but seemed like he was trying to ‘audition’ for a presenting/permanent role……awkward viewing.

    #403365
    CrustyPatch
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    Graham has an annoying habit of looking into the camera realising he is on camera then putting on a strange smile and not being able to look away again, very off putting.

    Agree totally …….May know his stuff but seemed like he was trying to ‘audition’ for a presenting/permanent role……awkward viewing.

    Yes, he was certainly doing that during his interview with Tanya Stevenson. I noticed that and thought it was unusual even before it was mentioned in the latest couple of posts here.
    Amazingly, it was the first time I had seen him on television, not having Racing UK. I primarily associate him with the Racing Post.
    Normally, that sort of immediately turning away from the interviewer and looking directly into the camera is reserved for BBC political pundits who are trying to look extra sincere by looking at the camera instead of at the vigorously nodding interviewer.

    #403367
    MarkTT
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    We all know who’d be perfect for the CH4 main job now that the BBC have finally abandoned racing entirely…

    Certainly agree that, now that the BBC have abandoned racing, Willie Carson and John Parrott would make a perfect replacement presenting team for Channel 4 next year. Their gravitas would certainly provide a much-needed boost.
    I have ruled out Clare Balding because she is too professional, fluent, knowledgeable, unflappable and authoritative. Clearly, therefore, totally unsuitable.

    Ha ! Too true. I think she’d show most of them up for the amateurs they are. Clare Balding linking to McCririck and the stuttering Tanya Stevenson – who they appear to be giving more responsibility too – would be surreal.

    Has to happen though for the good of racing in this country.

    #403374
    CrustyPatch
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    Certainly agree that, now that the BBC have abandoned racing, Willie Carson and John Parrott would make a perfect replacement presenting team for Channel 4 next year. Their gravitas would certainly provide a much-needed boost.
    I have ruled out Clare Balding because she is too professional, fluent, knowledgeable, unflappable and authoritative. Clearly, therefore, totally unsuitable.

    Ha ! Too true. I think she’d show most of them up for the amateurs they are. Clare Balding linking to McCririck and the stuttering Tanya Stevenson – who they appear to be giving more responsibility too – would be surreal.

    I still think Clare Balding would be making a big mistake to join Channel 4 Racing. Even leaving aside the fact that she had to endure working with a syntax-strangling buffoon like Willie Carson, it would drive her mad having to deal with tongue-tied, inarticulate, out-of-her-depth Tanya Stevenson, lightweight Tom Lee talking about the "creatures" being backed "on the machines" and, "I tell you what, Big Fella" Tommo as well.
    Not to mention McCririck, where there is a lot of mutual antipathy, despite him calling her "the ravishing Clare Balding" (something of a misnomer, I have to concede).
    Clare is far too versatile to have to join the Channel 4 circus.
    Only today, she was due to be presenting showjumping from Badminton, where the heavy rain has caused its cancellation.
    I’m sure that, by switching to Radio 5 Live’s racing coverage next year, she will be able to be involved in plenty of racing without having to join Channel 4’s coverage. Her other BBC commitments and freelance work, some of it for Channel 4, will keep her very busy so I wouldn’t have thought she would have to feel pressured into joining Channel 4 (even assuming that Channel 4 would want her and would feel she would fit in).

    #403379
    The Ante-Post King
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    Graham Cunningham is one of the few people you could listen to without your attention drifting,he is obviously very knowledgeable and for one ‘Timeform’ trained doesn’t constantly ram it down your throat that their elitist opinions are always right.(His guineas selection

    Abtaal

    confirms that)! GC is always approachable and again doesn’t walk around like Little Lord Snooty,who’s just beginning to let it all go to his head a bit likeable that he is though.No, Grahams definately the male version of Lydia Hislop who again would be in my C4 ‘Dream team’.
    My problem with Catt and Emma is everytime I see their eye contact with each other I keep saying to myself ‘Get a room’ but not in Dubai!! :shock:

    #403384
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    But I do have to say the dream team of Cattermole/Spencer leave me cold as anchors for the afternoon shift. Nothing against them at all, they seem perfectly nice, hard working individuals who are competent enough but they don’t have the necessary gravitas or, for want of a better descriptor, ooomph.

    Cringeworthy stuff. Totally agree.

    #403386
    CrustyPatch
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    Grahams definately the male version of Lydia Hislop who again would be in my C4 ‘Dream team’.

    "Lydia Hislops definately Got it"!

    I would love to know what it is that Lydia has definitely got that makes her so special.
    I know she works with Lord Snooty but I saw her described on another forum the other day as Baroness Bigtits so I suspect that there are probably two of what she has definitely got. :D

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    steveh31
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    Could you imagine the faces that Lord Snooty, Lydia and Angus would pull if the old system of just At The Races came back and they were told you going back there?

    The snobby hissy fit that would take place would be a great site for all to see.

    #403422
    MarkTT
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    Certainly agree that, now that the BBC have abandoned racing, Willie Carson and John Parrott would make a perfect replacement presenting team for Channel 4 next year. Their gravitas would certainly provide a much-needed boost.
    I have ruled out Clare Balding because she is too professional, fluent, knowledgeable, unflappable and authoritative. Clearly, therefore, totally unsuitable.

    Ha ! Too true. I think she’d show most of them up for the amateurs they are. Clare Balding linking to McCririck and the stuttering Tanya Stevenson – who they appear to be giving more responsibility too – would be surreal.

    I still think Clare Balding would be making a big mistake to join Channel 4 Racing. Even leaving aside the fact that she had to endure working with a syntax-strangling buffoon like Willie Carson, it would drive her mad having to deal with tongue-tied, inarticulate, out-of-her-depth Tanya Stevenson, lightweight Tom Lee talking about the "creatures" being backed "on the machines" and, "I tell you what, Big Fella" Tommo as well.
    Not to mention McCririck, where there is a lot of mutual antipathy, despite him calling her "the ravishing Clare Balding" (something of a misnomer, I have to concede).
    Clare is far too versatile to have to join the Channel 4 circus.
    Only today, she was due to be presenting showjumping from Badminton, where the heavy rain has caused its cancellation.
    I’m sure that, by switching to Radio 5 Live’s racing coverage next year, she will be able to be involved in plenty of racing without having to join Channel 4’s coverage. Her other BBC commitments and freelance work, some of it for Channel 4, will keep her very busy so I wouldn’t have thought she would have to feel pressured into joining Channel 4 (even assuming that Channel 4 would want her and would feel she would fit in).

    Simple – they get rid of other " presenters ", some of whom are incredibly fortunate to be employed to cover the sport.

    The RP website have been making regressive changes

    The Snoring Line is regressing without making any. Nick Luck on there is like Gordon Ramsay working in a chip shop.

    #403497
    CrustyPatch
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    Sadly, because of the extra commitments Channel 4 is taking on next year, with the Grand National, Royal Ascot, the Derby etc, there will probably be more opportunities for some of the weaker presenters, not fewer.
    Far from shedding staff, I suspect there will be even more work for most of them.
    Even if they take Clare Balding on for the bigger meetings, if not for more than these, we certainly won’t see the back of Tanya and co as there seems to be a mystifying belief that she is popular with viewers. McCririck might be under threat, though, if only on age grounds.
    If Clare did join, there will be a bit of quaking in the boots for the Catt and Emms, Al and Al travelling roadshows. The gravy train might be in danger of hitting the buffers and giving them a soaking with the lumpy and watery brown stuff.

    #406482
    CrustyPatch
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    Graham has an annoying habit of looking into the camera realising he is on camera then putting on a strange smile and not being able to look away again, very off putting.

    It’s really starting to annoy me now the way Graham Cunningham keeps looking repeatedly into the camera while being interviewed on the Morning Line.
    Having watched the last two Morning Lines, I noticed he was constantly doing it. Admittedly, last week, he had a bona fide excuse in that it provided welcome relief from having to stare at Tanya Stevenson.
    But this week, it was particularly off-putting at Epsom when he constantly switched from looking at Nick Luck to glancing at the camera. It made him look like some dodgy confidence trickster because, today, with the partly side-on camera angle, he had to move his head in an even more determined fashion to look directly into the camera every few seconds.
    Even Nick seemed to find it disconcerting. A couple of times, he himself looked nervously towards the camera, presumably wondering what it was Graham kept looking at.
    Then at the end of the interviews, Graham stared unblinkingly straight into the camera, as if to say: "Didn’t I do well?"
    It’s even more irritating than Lesley Graham’s fake Cheshire cat smile at the end of everything she says.
    McCririck, as has been mentioned previously, seems to be getting increasingly frail and stumbles over his words more often.
    And as for Stewart Machin’s shirts. It seemed to be a pink one today, with a visible chain around his neck. Nothing beats that appalling, oddly-patterned, big collared, 1970s-style Confessions Of A Porn Star shirt he wore last week.
    Wouldn’t have looked out of place on Robin Asquith. Stewart probably had flared trousers, a kipper tie and platform shoes off-camera to put on later…..

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