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    Default RIP John McCririck

    The British horseracing journalist John McCririck has died at the age of 79 - one of British television and sport's most unique characters.

    Along with Derek Thompson (the sports presenter, not the actor who plays Charlie Fairhead in Casualty), McCririck was the joint face of Channel 4 Racing for many years sporting, (no pun intended) his iconic sub-Sherlock Holmes deerstalker hat and flamboyant dress sense, giving the odds to what the chances of any racehorse winning in that afternoon's race, surrounded by punted and fans - of horseracing, that is. He hardly ever did big events like the Grand National (mostly as it was on BBC 1 for he was contracted to Channel 4 when pre-Countdown films were not being shown in the afternoon), but he was probably the most famous person in Great Britain associated with horseracing who had probably never rode a horse.

    McCririck appeared in at least two outtakes seen on It'll be Alright on the Night - one was from the fifth edition in 1987 where a windy day at the racecourse nearly made him lost his trademark hat for good. "Me hat's gone - get me hat", our hero shouted when he realised that he was a bit lighter on top due to the windy weather. The next one was in the following edition first shown in 1993 where McCririck was referring to a big horseracing event. "Come racing", he said, next to a bell on a rope - our hero rang the bell by pulling the rope, making it ring out for the best part of ten seconds before the rope detached itself from the bell. "I think I've broken it", he said in a lower voice, in an almost sub-Mr Bean embarrassment.

    John McCririck had been a guest on many chat shows including Alan Titchmarsh's, and he also made the redtop newspapers once or twice because of speculation on his private life - an occupational hazard to anyone who happened to be well-known and in the public spotlight. As a result, he had been seen as a little bit controversial, probably due to his eccentric persona, but on the whole, I think that he was always seen as affectionate and was the flagship person in Great Britain for what he was famous for - giving tips on the racecourse in front of several thousand viewers who were mostly in the same category as those who probably spent half their Saturday afternoon in Ladbrokes on a flutter for Newmarket or Aintree. The timing of his death is slightly ironic in that respect considering the controversy that bookmakers William Hill are having at the moment, although apart from that, the two are obviously sperate. I am not a betting man myself as I have not even played the lottery for a few years.

    I am not too much into horseracing myself, but just like a lot unique characters that we knew and love from television, he will be missed - I have always liked those who are eccentric as they are unique and the world would have been a boring place without them. RIP indeed.
    I am now in my 40s (just in case anyone asks).

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    Default Re: RIP John McCririck

    He certainly new his stuff but has to be one of the most irritating people on telly .


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    Default Re: RIP John McCririck

    Marmite kinda guy, as much as i love eccentricity fraid this guy was an obnoxious git, bit of a shoe sniffer if you ask me...Blurrrgh!
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    Sad to learn that he has passed away. He was eccentric for sure, and spoke his mind, which in these PC times is fraught with danger for any public figure. I'm not particularly interested in racing other than a flutter on the Grand National, but he knew his stuff and made the sport far more interesting, and his enthusiasm was genuine and probably led to people giving a day's racing a go, who otherwise wouldn't have considered it. Also, loved all that arm-twiddling when he was giving the odds. RIP.

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    Default Re: RIP John McCririck

    Sad news but certainly a controversial character
    i once heard him say theres no harm cheating on someone as long as you aint caught.

    R i p j.m

    was a big newcastle utd fan.

    I remember a radio interview he did in april that he felt he had no purpose left in life after losing his horseracing job.

    that he felt depressed which
    is so sad.
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