October 24, 2006 at 09:12 #3215graysonscolumnParticipant
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I’ve PMd one or two people on this already but thought I’d throw it open further afield as well; does anyone know who was doing the commentary for ATR / Racetech at Towcester on Sunday, please?
It was definitely nobody who’s been present on the roster for the last few years, if ever – sounded a bit like Lee McKenzie but a tad deeper in voice. Apart from hitting the high notes a bit too early in the novices’ handicap chase (partly down to the pile-up two out, I suspect), my impression from watching and listening to the replays was that he didn’t do too much wrong all afternoon.
The patron saint of lower-grade fare. A gently critical friend of point-to-pointing. Kindness is a political act.October 24, 2006 at 09:31 #80977jonny1phMember
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Luke Harvey said Lee Mottershead did at least one race. I think Matt Chapman did a couple as well.
I thought it was quite refreshing to hear a different voice and some interesting new phrases such as ‘the fav is under the shove’ and ‘ if was having a bet now I would back’ great stuff.October 24, 2006 at 09:45 #80978Grey DesireParticipant
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I thought it sounded like Mottershead on one of the races,calling Dom Elsworth a ‘cocky jockey’ as he steered Jam Packed to victory.<br>Chaparse was typically hysterical as the fav jumped the last clear in the race he called.<br>Dunno who the robot was who did most of the other races but it almost made u wish for Thommo and GG so bad it was.October 24, 2006 at 10:18 #80979
Mottershead did some but the guy who did Fill The Bunker’s race had a horrible grating voice, nearly as bad as Andy Orkney’s. Chapman’s efforts were littered with errors, failed to say what happened to Benefit Fund and Najca De Thaix and got the last race winner mixed up with Hardybuck amongst many.<br>At least With John Hickman being the missing commentator we didn’t lose out too much.October 24, 2006 at 11:26 #80980davidbradyMember
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Quote: from jonny1ph on 10:31 am on Oct. 24, 2006[br]I thought it was quite refreshing to hear … some interesting new phrases such as … ‘ if was having a bet now I would back’
I’d say the on-course bookies loved that!October 24, 2006 at 17:56 #80981
Not me, as you thought, Jeremy! Colin Roberts (Raceform and Racing Post race-reader) and Lee Mottershead (Racing Post reporter and ATR presenter) alternated throughout the afternoon on course and on ATR Extra, while Matt Chapman did the honours on ATR’s main service. Hope that helps…<br>Lee McKenzieOctober 24, 2006 at 18:49 #80982seabirdParticipant
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Welcome to the forum, Lee!!:cool:
ColinOctober 24, 2006 at 18:50 #80983roryParticipant
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I must say Colin Roberts is a new one on me. Welcome to TRF Lee.October 24, 2006 at 18:54 #80984graysonscolumnParticipant
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Blimey, straight from the horse’s mouth! Very good to have you on the site, sir – I’m sure there’s a few people on here who’d like to ask you about the finer points of commentating, if you’re amenable to that.
And where and when is the real you calling again? :) <br>
The patron saint of lower-grade fare. A gently critical friend of point-to-pointing. Kindness is a political act.October 24, 2006 at 19:39 #80985
Good to be with you guys, thanks for the welcome Seabird… have been an undercover reader of the excellent TRF for years! Rory – I don’t know the circumstances (and wouldn’t be allowed to comment even if I did), but I suspect Colin volunteered to help out, so full marks to him, same for Lee Mott and Matt. Am out again at Newmarket on Saturday Jeremy, happy to answer any points as long as they’re not too abusive!!!October 24, 2006 at 19:48 #80986
Welcome Lee, how long have you been commentating? It must be getting on for 20 years, you don’t look old enough.<br>I would have thought the Radio 5 commentating job was a good one, was it a case of job satisfaction that made you leave?October 24, 2006 at 20:01 #80987
Many thanks Yeats, but maybe I don’t look quite as youthful close up! I did my first day for BBC radio at Newmarket in 1981, and my first for Racecourse Technical Services (the former name of Racetech) at Nottingham in 1984. Yes, the Five Live job was a great one, but about a third of my work has always been outside racing and my current schedule makes it easier to fit everything in, including other work I do for the BBC. Besides, the Racetech commentaries are now broadcast all over the world – I turned on the TV set in a hotel in Cape Town earlier this year, and heard Simon Holt commentating at Folkestone!October 24, 2006 at 20:38 #80988
Thanks Lee, did you complain to the hotel manager?:biggrin: <br>Only joking, he’s great Simon.<br>I’m in the north but was flicking through the sky channels a few weeks ago and saw you presenting some sport on one of the local BBC regions down south, think it may have been Southampton or Brighton.October 24, 2006 at 21:06 #80989
Yes, BBC TV South in Southampton… I’ve always worked for several different companies – in fact, while I’m chatting on here, I’m also writing the Raceform Notebook from Lingfield on Monday. Look out for Jaady (promising debut despite being green, good enough to win a routine maiden), Espartano (touch of class, should win over 6f on Polytrack), and My Princess (can improve on yesterday’s performance). More in Raceform Update and online. Sweet dreams – of them all winning next time, look forward to joining TRF again soon!October 24, 2006 at 21:44 #80990VenusianParticipant
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I always understood that the reason you left BBC radio was because you were fed up with having to work with a pair of idiots like Lysaght and Harvey.
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