Only thing Francome was good for was to give us a laugh along with Tommo.
Jim McGrath was much more insightful than Francome ever was. Big Mac was the man with the no nonsense views.
Peter O’sullevan gave us some iconic commentaries but made plenty of mistakes. And how many times did he need to tell us Yahoo was on the far side and Desert Orchid was on the near side. If anyone watching didn’t know who Dessie was the mind would boggle.
ITV have their faults but their coverage is no way near as bad as I feared when they took over and definitely not as bad as many make out on here.
O’Sullevan was a fine commentator but he stayed on for far too long. He really should have retired about 10 years before he did. By all accounts he was a difficult and prickly character and no one had the nerve to have a word with him.
His commentaries reached a low point at Goodwood when he referred to a horse owned by Lord Howard de Walden by the wrong name for most of a long distance race which it was leading. I think someone must have plucked up the courage to whisper the right name to him as the field entered the last two furlongs.
Julian Wilson always claimed that O’Sullevan told him he was going to retire to let Wilson take over as commentator but then went back on his word. O’Sullevan claims Wilson misunderstood. Whatever the rights and wrongs, it meant they had a difficult relationship. Wilson did not miss the chance to criticise O’Sullevan in the obituary he wrote for The Guardian.