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Top five horse racing commentator gaffes of all time

Top five horse racing commentator gaffes of all time.

We revisit some of the most notorious and hilarious moments from the commentary box in our countdown of the top five horse racing commentator gaffes of all time.

1 - “I’m not sure, sorry” - When a racing commentator suffers from brain-fart.

We have all at one time or another suffered from a classic case of brain-fart syndrome - Where your mind abandons you and leaves you looking foolish. For instance, forgetting your own age and replying “you too” when a waiter says “enjoy your food”.

In this ultimate fail, the commentator completely forgets the name of the horse in the lead when his brain turns to mush, and is left with no option but to utter the words no commentator should say - “I’m not sure, sorry”.



2 - Hoarse commentator.

Commentator Jimmy Jacques loses his voice when calling a harness horse race at Globe Derby Park. 

Known as the voice of harness racing in South Australia, Jacques had felt a niggle in the back of his throat in the lead-up to raceday, but not one to throw a sickie, the commentator turned up for the gig.

It was all going so well until the end of the first race, when several hundred metres from the finishing line, his rapidly fading voice gave out completely.

Great dedication from the man now known as the hoarse whisperer.



3 - John Inverdale - 'Rose-C***ed Glasses’. 

During Radio Five Live’s coverage of the Cheltenham Festival in 2015, English broadcasting supremo John Inverdale managed to invent an x-rated version of the common phrase ‘rose-tinted glasses’. 

During an interview with former jockey John Francome and rider Lizzie Kelly, Inverdale made the unfortunate gaffe while reflecting on racing days gone by.

Take a listen….. (obvious warning for bad language).



4 - Racy commentator.

Now for a gaffe from a racing commentator away from the racecourse. Britain’s top caller Simon Holt made a ‘whoopsie’ we all make, sending a message to the wrong person. Unfortunately for Holt, his embarrassment was magnified as the incorrect receiver of his racy message was thousands of his followers on Twitter.



It turned out, Holt had a ghost-writer for his Twitter account – newspaper racing columnist Jason Hall.  Hall said the message was intended as a private joke to his wife and was not supposed to post it on Twitter. He followed up the “saucy” tweet with another: “The previous message was sent in error! Please ignore …… unless you are Cameron Diaz or my wife.”

5 - Cattermole blunder.

One of Britain’s leading commentators, Mike Cattermole managed to get his colours mixed up one evening at Windsor, calling Brazilian Brush as the winner.

Entering the final furlong, Cattermole identified the eventual winner, Make My 
Dream as Brazilian Brush, and continued to do so up to the line. 

Brazilian Brush was matched for £102,000 at 1.01 on the betting exchanges, but was always in the rear and ultimately finished 11th of 13 - Opps.


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Top five horse racing commentator gaffes of all time

We countdown the most notorious and hilarious moments from the commentary box with our top five horse racing commentator gaffes of all time.

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