Racing legend Peter O'Sullevan suffers stroke
PETER O'SULLEVAN is in hospital after suffering "a mild stroke" on Sunday night, said Nigel Payne, chief executive of the legendary former broadcaster's charitable trust.
O'Sullevan, 95, is to undergo further tests in the next couple of days.
Payne said: "Sir Peter had a mild stroke on Sunday night, which he detected himself.
"He called the doctor and was admitted to hospital and is currently in the stroke unit.
"Geoffrey Hughes, a good friend of Sir Peter's and the director of the Osborne Studio Gallery in London, has been to see him and tells me that although he is complaining of blurred vision, he was surprisingly perky.
"Sir Peter is due to have more tests today and tomorrow."
O'Sullevan, who celebrated his birthday earlier this month, is affectionately known as "the Voice of Racing" thanks to his work for the BBC.
He commentated for the corporation from 1948 to 1997, when he called the Grand National for the 50th and final time, and closed his career with Suny Bay's victory in the Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury.
O'Sullevan enjoyed great success as a racehorse owner and called home his winners Be Friendly in two Vernons Sprint Cups at Haydock in 1966 and 1967 and Attivo in the 1974 Triumph Hurdle at Cheltenham.
A successful punter, he was a well-known racing journalist for the Daily Express and was knighted in 1997.
In the same year, the passionate supporter of animal welfare founded the Peter O'Sullevan Charitable Trust which has raised millions of pounds.
Mike Dillon, the PR director for Ladbrokes and a close friend of O'Sullevan, spoke from Charing Cross Hospital on Tuesday afternoon.
He said: "I'm at the hospital and he's gone for a walk round with the physio.
"He's very lucid and seems fine."