Monday 20 November 2017

Remembering a remarkable career calling the horses

The late racing commentator Peter O’Sullevan
The late racing commentator Peter O’Sullevan
Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Peter O'Sullevan, the Kerry-born BBC racing commentator and journalist, died recently aged 97.

His gentlemanly, magnetic voice drew every follower of the sport to his broadcasts, like bees to honey. O'Sullevan was always a 'short nose' ahead of the field. When covering a Grand National, he listed the fallers in precise order, while giving a vivid description of the rider's injuries even before they hit the ground. He was truly a visionary and a legend in his lifetime.

The excellent obituary by Chris Corrigan, and the report by columnist Eamonn Sweeney, in the 'Sunday Independent' (August 2) rolled back the years on the many memorable events and the great horses of O'Sullevan's era. For example, I'll never forget the 'charismatic' grey superstar Desert Orchid, winner of 34 races, including the Cheltenham Gold Cup and four King Georges at Kempton. Though he died nine years ago age 27, I have a personally taken photograph of him still hanging in my living room.

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