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John McCririck

John McCririck is clinging to hope that he might appear on Channel 4 Racing at some point in the future as the curtain comes down on a colourful era.

Saturday sees the final day of the long-standing Channel 4 team, with the Morning Line and racing from Newbury, Doncaster and Leopardstown bringing down the curtain.

IMG Media takes over from Highflyer in producing Channel 4 Racing which will be solely responsible for the sport on terrestrial TV after BBC coverage came to an end.

McCririck, 72, is one of several familiar faces who will not be on the new team along with Derek Thompson, Mike Cattermole and Alastair Down. Although bitterly disappointed, McCririck described his time at Channel 4 as a "privilege".

He said: "It's been a fantastic experience to do what you love doing for 30 years. Nearly every other sport has someone on that has done that sport - Gary Lineker in football, the cricketers, the golfers etc.

"I'd worked in betting shops before going on to television and tried to pass on what was happening in the betting ring. It's been a privilege.

"There are two things different about it. There is no-one else on television who is regularly among the public, hour-in hour-out. There's no point putting prices on the screen.

"You have to be in the ring, see what's happening and try to pass on what the betting jungle is like. That's been a motivation and a difficult thing, but the benefit it brings is no-one can compare how bad I am. I've been lucky enough in that there's no-one else going round the betting ring like me.

"Strange things happen in life and I'm still hoping they will have a re-think and they might call me back. I know I'm being optimistic, but you never know. My New Year's resolution is to get back on the Channel 4 team, but it's been a great time. If I was sitting at home what I would want to know is what is happening in the betting ring, that's the motto I've always had.

"That is always how I followed it and it's been fantastic working with Tanya Stevenson bringing in all the exchanges. It's important to inform all punters what is happening on the machines and in the betting ring. It's been great fun. There's been one or two disasters but it's been a privilege to do and I'm very sorry for it to be unfairly taken away."

3 October 2015

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Cailin Annamh recovers to come out best in Champion battle at Gowran Park
Lester Piggott backing Treve to claim historic third Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe
Improving Star Storm far too good in Cumberland Lodge at Ascot
Cirrus Des Aigles beaten in quest for fourth Dollar at Longchamp
Eastern Impact gives red-hot Richard Fahey another big Saturday winner at Ascot
Esoterique cuts down Integral to take Sun Chariot prize
Log Out Island lifts Two-Year-Old Trophy at Redcar
Gifted Master runs rivals ragged to claim big Newmarket prize
Improving Star Storm far too good in Cumberland Lodge at Ascot
No joy for British hope The Twisler as Vazirabad dazzles in Chaudenay
Aidan O'Brien's Alice Springs is one in a million at Newmarket
Dutch Masterpiece back to winning ways for Gary Moore at Ascot
No joy for British hope The Twisler as Vazirabad dazzles in Chaudenay
Poet's Prize takes top honours at Newmarket
Promising Run heads sixteen possibles for Fillies' Mile at Newmarket
Bary keen on Antonoe claims for Marcel Boussac at Longchamp
Deegan's Sruthan back on track for Concorde at Tipperary
George Chaloner breaks foot and ankle in gallops accident
Mecca's Angel misses Abbaye due to drying ground
Dale Swift stood down due to "sample irregularity"
Simon Crisford dreaming of Longchamp winner with First Selection
Cable Bay expected to be suited by Ascot test
Henry Candy has Limato primed for seasonal climax
'No pressure' for Criquette Head-Maarek as Treve's date with destiny looms
Michael Dods faced with Abbaye ground dilemma for Mecca's Angel
Chris Wall full of hope Mr Win can live up to his name again at Ascot
Andre Fabre believes Newmarket ground will favour Esoterique in Sun Chariot
Aidan O'Brien targets Tattersalls Millions at Newmarket
Miss France coming to boil for Daniel Wildenstein mission
Veteran Cirrus Des Aigles primed for another Dollar bid at Longchamp

2 October 2015

Ed Walker launches Belmont raid with Mutatis Mutandis
Owner Oppenheimer 'very much' looking forward to Golden Horn Arc challenge
Queen Of Ice out to bounce back in Cumberland Lodge at Ascot
Orvar shooting for Two-Year-Old Trophy glory at Redcar
Muhaarar set fair for Ascot after pleasing in Lingfield gallop
Champion Stakes likely for Elm Park at Ascot if ground is right
Stall eight 'spot on' for history-seeking Treve in Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe
Orvar shooting for Two-Year-Old Trophy glory at Redcar
Frankie Dettori on the mark in rare visit to Beverley
Eagle Top backs up Golden Horn in Arc challenge to drifting Treve
Lengthy whip ban for David Nolan
Newbury's Horris Hill Stakes a potential option for promising Zonderland
Martin Dwyer facing frustrating wait with injury
Victoria Pendleton outlines plans as build-up continues to Cheltenham
Yarmouth forced to abandon final two meetings of the season
Gary Moore eyeing Chepstow return with Sire De Grugy
BHA investigating wrong stall incident at Kempton on Wednesday

1 October 2015

Pat Fahy eyeing up Irish Cesarewitch for Western Boy
All-Weather Championships organisers hoping to attract more overseas runners
Esoterique and Integral clash in Sun Chariot at Newmarket
Cirrus Des Aigles tops Saturday Longchamp bill as he seeks fourth Dollar triumph
Golden Horn supplemented for Arc as Jack Hobbs is ruled out
Belardo primed for Newmarket Challenge
Ben Pauling targeting Huntingdon return with Barters Hill
'Tough old cookie' Lord Franklin digs deep for Nottingham success
Ribbons set for Champion Stakes at Ascot after swerving Longchamp
'Full steam ahead' for Middleham Park hope Ventura Storm in Lagardere
Dollar go-ahead for French Navy at Longchamp
Chris Hayes keen on Sole Power Abbaye claims at Longchamp
Ed Walker leaning towards Foret challenge with Lightning Moon
Treve tops 17 possibles following latest Arc forfeits
Emotionless set for Dewhurst clash with Air Force Blue at Newmarket
Roger Charlton on Ascot weather watch for Time Test

30 September 2015

Aidan Coleman left to question events at Southwell on Tuesday
Freddy Head hoping for Opera revival from We Are at Longchamp
Aidan Coleman back in action at Chepstow following Southwell incident
Charlie Appleby mulling Dollar and Darley options for French Navy
Jeremy Noseda announces Grandeur retirement
Tommy Stack's Onenightidreamed on course for Concorde run at Tipperary
Four people arrested at Southwell as Aidan Coleman suffers 'minor injuries'
David O'Meara walking on Ayr with First Sitting
Jody McGarvey indebted to Roscommon saviour Danny Mullins
Bebhinn's a beauty in Blenheim Stakes at Fairyhouse
Joe Tuite lays down the law with Longchamp-bound Litigant
Brian Ellison targets Doncaster's November Handicap with Seamour
Corine Barande-Barbe expecting Cirrus Des Aigles improvement in Prix Dollar
Eddie Lynam's Moviesta bypasses Abbaye date at Longchamp
Thierry Jarnet retains Arc faith in Treve despite Golden Horn owner's confidence

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