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Own-goal over Owen; LETTERS.

AN ITEM appeared in the Racing Post (December 20) in respect of the Commentator User Group. We were informed that five commentators had been put on notice of reassessment regarding their performance.

I could understand the inclusion of some of the individuals named, but the appearance on the list of one name left me absolutely baffled.

I began listening to racing commentaries as a schoolboy in 1958 and have experienced the very best, and indeed the worst.

Horseracing has become a very large and important part of my life, and racing commentaries have an added importance to me as I am totally blind.

It seems to me that the job of the racing commentator is to convey an accurate account of events as they unfold; to make them as exiting as possible without the intervention of invention, so that at the end of the race you feel that you have a comprehensive understanding of what has occurred.

In my opinion there is only one commentator today who satisfies all those demands. His name is Darren Owen, who ludicrously finds himself on the dreaded list.

What I would like to know is, who have put themselves up for ridicule by making this erroneous judgement? During my racing lifetime three commentators stand out as beacons. They are Peter Bromley, Sir Peter O'Sullevan and Darren Owen, who is a country mile ahead of any of his contemporary colleagues.

Please don't change a thing Darren - you do the job perfectly. Your commentary on the 2003 Goodwood Cup, in which Persian Punch just outbattled Jardines Lookout, is probably the best and most exciting commentary I have ever heard.

Doug Taylor Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire

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Title Annotation:Sports
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Jan 29, 2012
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