Commentator Karaoke

Exeter 18/12/03

Pantomime season came early at Exeter on Thursday, a new game that should become an annual event took place to brighten the gloom, Christmas Commentator Karaoke!

For some reason the intended commentator didn’t show so a request went out for anyone who thought they were up to the task to step into the commentary box and give it a go. The first race was run in complete silence until then a voice unknown piped up to let race goers know that Rodney Bakers Gallant Eye had won the race and followed up from his victory here a couple of weeks ago.

Over the next few races no fewer than three other brave souls stood in and gave commentaries on the afternoons racing. These included a point-to-point aficionado, a jockey in the shape of Tom Malone, and the very unusual occurrence of hearing a female voice calling a race when Katie Langdell of Hereford Racecourse did the honours.

Down in the ring there was some heavy punting action going on with several four figure bets being struck including one of £6000-£1000 on second place Imperial Dream in the opener. It was definitely a Christmas bonus day for the bookmakers, beleaguered of late, with only two favourites winning and three races going to 25/1, 25/1 and 16/1 shots. After a summer and autumn of great results for the punters a few began to realise why those bookmakers keep turning up!

(C) Simon Nott


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