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20 Dec 21 18:34
Date Joined: 10 Jan 02
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I think the time has come to hang up your microphone and fade into history. Plain
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Report sparrow December 20, 2021 6:39 PM GMT
Lets see what happens
Report ballyregan December 20, 2021 6:51 PM GMT
he had issues with jack duerns name in the last race for some reason
Report Life-Lucky December 20, 2021 7:10 PM GMT
I can't listen the fellow, sorry, no offence, Derek.

Apropos of nothing, David Probert, no idea if he's considered good, bad or average but I won't be betting on any horse he rides in future. Every time I'm 'involved' he seems to get himself boxed-in or too far behind.
Report basilbrush December 20, 2021 7:10 PM GMT
"Their not hanging about here" zzzzzzzzzz
Report ballyregan December 20, 2021 7:19 PM GMT
woah big fella
Report barstool December 20, 2021 7:30 PM GMT
He would make a good Father Christmas.

HO Ho Ho
Report chavman December 20, 2021 8:30 PM GMT
worst commentator out there
Report punchestown December 20, 2021 8:31 PM GMT
Let's leave it to the Judge..
Report ballyregan December 20, 2021 8:42 PM GMT
he always says liam jones went school with wayne rooney
Report chavman December 20, 2021 8:44 PM GMT
im sure any punter with 10 minutes prep would do better than him
Report JulioMariner227 December 20, 2021 9:35 PM GMT
DT was always somewhat of a chancer...even at a much earlier age. Back in either '78 or '79, he did a BBC Radio broadcast, not sure if it was a Network or just a BBC Scotland broadcast, on the Ayr Gold Cup. The broadcast began by Tommo welcoming the listeners to a beautiful , sunny day at Ayr racecourse...the horses were on the way to the post blah...blah! He then, in due course, gave a breathless, atmospheric commentary on the what would prove to be, a most inventive, idiosyncratic style...which was to serve him well over the years! The only problem was...he wasn't within 30 miles of Ayr!! Brass neck? couldn't mark him with a Kango Hammer..!!!
Report gpz6316 December 20, 2021 9:51 PM GMT
i think thommo must be in his 70s now . what you dont get is that thommo is defined by horse racing , he loves it . like big mac if you take it away from him he loses his whole identity and doesnt know who he is outside of the realm . leave dt alone , hes a part of the tapestry
Report GLASGOWCALLING December 20, 2021 9:56 PM GMT
.... Bayeux ?
Report gpz6316 December 20, 2021 10:08 PM GMT
tapestry ? lost me . all i,m saying is dont cancel your own ilk . or you,ll look behind and nobody has your back . that man has a lifetime of friends etc .
Report GLASGOWCALLING December 20, 2021 10:11 PM GMT
The Bayeux Tapestry is an embroidered cloth nearly 70 metres long and 50 centimetres tall that depicts the events leading up to the Norman conquest of England concerning William, Duke of Normandy, and Harold, Earl of Wessex, later King of England, and culminating in the Battle of Hastings.

    ..... Nearly as old as Thommo !!
Report GLASGOWCALLING December 20, 2021 10:13 PM GMT
Call me anything but dont call me Thommos ilk. !!
Report gpz6316 December 20, 2021 10:54 PM GMT
not calling anyone anything . i wont get into history as its a far flung subject from thommo !i sense you would like a history contest !  strength in numbers is all im saying and he lives and breathes the game it is him so why would people want to cancel him .can you name the assryian king that created the hanging gardens without looking it up ? or the city tupac pre 92 one , ruled in south america !  and who killed him . goodnight glasgow , one more the thief that attempted to steal the star of rhodesia in sherlock holmes 1940s . now i,m being a d ic k .
Report The Knight December 20, 2021 11:05 PM GMT
Just after Shergar was kidnapped, or stolen, Thommo was called upon by the apparent kidnappers to go to Ireland with Lord Oaksey to do some kind of negoiations over the horse's release.

Nothing transpired but if only whomever took Shergar had let the horse go and kept Thommo, think how much richer our racing would be....

Seriously, I could relate a tale about something Thommo did one day when he was hosting at Sedgefield and I was there with my missus and my disabled brother. An absolute true story but BF would whip it away as soon as I posted it so no point. Suffice to say, my experience that day left me thinking Thommo was a self-serving, selfish kn*b.
Report steerforth December 20, 2021 11:15 PM GMT
I used to come on here and defend his race calls. But every race now is the same script, just changes the names. Good even break, lets see who's gonna blah..good looking run...etcetera etcetera ad nauseum. If he would just drop the repetition,(and grow a pair in the close finishes), he really wouldn't be that bad.
Report MJK December 21, 2021 6:16 AM GMT
Hard to know which one is 'the favourite'. He only mentions it twenty times during a race.
Report breadnbutter December 21, 2021 7:25 AM GMT
Been listening to a few of his commentaries this past year and think he has improved a bit, I don't think he is that bad, in fact he gets all the horses names mentioned and calls it OK without getting overly excited.

I like the American style of com, low key, remaining low on emotion and not  building to a crescendo of orgasmic shouting.

Low key, low tone, get through the field in order at least once, jobs a good in imo.

Don't try and pick winner,no side story's ect.
Report werbie December 21, 2021 8:07 AM GMT
Thommo should be a substitute Commentator at best. When one of the regulars is unable to make the gig. His comms are way below average and downright f**king annoying. I think that covers it Plain
Report breadnbutter December 21, 2021 8:19 AM GMT
Who is best atm iyo?
Report werbie December 21, 2021 8:21 AM GMT
For me, the good ones go virtually unnoticedPlain
Report MJK December 21, 2021 8:29 AM GMT
Good points Bread re the American comms. I think Alan Howes should get more gigs, he just calls what's happening and doesn't wander off telling us everything bar what a horse had for breakfast as some do, or try to predict what will happen as Hoiles and Holt do. Also a bug bearer of mine for a long time is the constant referral to the betting and the 'favourite', 'market leader' etc or our own Hannon calling 'the principals'. They should just call every horse in its merits(unless its a Frankel type of course) and not assume everyone just wants to concentrate on the favourite. Someone said on here before that they're told to do it but I find that hard to believe.
Report cobra sam December 21, 2021 9:26 AM GMT
hes a pain in the butt,,,and why does he keep kisssing his teeth
Report cobra sam December 21, 2021 9:27 AM GMT
the fella in ireland the best one atm,,imo...he can name 10 horses in 4 seconds in a close finish,,
Report tony6499 December 21, 2021 9:40 AM GMT
I was at Yarmouth and Thommo was commentating, he was by the parade ring so I asked him to sign my race card which he did. He then started chatting to me like an old mate and then introduced me to Bob Champion who was standing nearby.
I speak as I find and I'm not messing about but Thommo is ok with me and his commentaries are no worse than a lot of the others
Report model pupil December 21, 2021 9:40 AM GMT
The man is a gent.
Report equine flew December 21, 2021 10:37 AM GMT
Completely agree, part of the tapestry of racing.  Love him or loathe him, that's up to you.

I like his commentaries myself, not every day but a bit of light relief on the odd day.
Report Celtic warrior December 21, 2021 10:50 AM GMT
To tight to call. One for the judge!
Report kevo December 21, 2021 11:29 AM GMT
The Sultan of Smarm, the first horse racing commentator or presenter where I had to reach for the mute button.
Report MJK December 21, 2021 12:11 PM GMT
Lot more enjoyable ways for light relief Equine than Tommo Equine Laugh
Report steerforth December 21, 2021 12:15 PM GMT
As someone said, the best are those that are unintrusive and don't have either a voice that grates or annoying habits.

Alan Howes,Simon Holt and Tim Peters way ahead of the rest.
Div 2, Hoiles,Cattermole, Ennis,
Div 3, Harris, Slater, Blance, Tomlinson, Machin.
Div 4, Shouty, Thommo, er..Topham

Unclassified, muted every call, Darren Owen.
Report Cardinal Scott December 21, 2021 12:49 PM GMT
Thommos is still better than Dave Smith.
Report Cardinal Scott December 21, 2021 12:52 PM GMT
And about a year and a bit ago Thommo played a blinder in that race where a Dave Evans runner had a very insensitive name, Thommo refused to mention that nag that was swiftly renamed afterwards.
Report Petraco December 21, 2021 1:21 PM GMT
So, if the comments above are representative then he has a part to play in the game and should continue.

Horses for courses I suppose Mischief
Report Dr Crippen December 21, 2021 2:45 PM GMT
71 years of age and turning into the straight, he's on the run in now, let's see what he can find.
Report brians December 21, 2021 11:34 PM GMT
Met him at Newcastle, treat me like an old friend. He was interested in my backstory in racing and I couldn't help but like him. People with courtesy , politeness and a positive outlook are getting rarer.
Report Whippin Piccadilly December 22, 2021 12:08 AM GMT
This guy is different class. Criminally underused because he only calls one gaff track in the US now.
Report go racing December 22, 2021 1:01 AM GMT
Regularly does Chelmsford  and when he’s not there you miss him. Enthusiastic and tells people what is going on. Worth his weight in gold to the racecourse, may not be the best commentator but loves the game and makes the meeting far more enjoyable than if he wasn’t there. In his seventies and a credit to the game!
Report howard December 22, 2021 10:53 AM GMT
He's still pretty good at the job largely very accurate. Could you say that about the retired Irish bloke or Cattermole ?
Report Duncan Disordorli December 22, 2021 11:15 AM GMT
Commentary as entertainment not as it should be...information.
Met Thommo briefly once at Betfair Hospitality and he seemed decent enough so why does he instil such hostility in us ?...because his input into a commentary takes no heed of the financial implications of the event. He is having fun while we suffer. That is unacceptable ! You won't find the racegoers in the bar moaning about Derek that's for sure.
I recall one worse Shocked Extel commentator, whispered, so blower required extra volume...and had a phrase he repeated ad nauseum "little between these two leaders...little between these two leaders." It drove me insane and I couldn't even put a face to him Grin He made Thommo sound like Peter O'Sullivan, surely we all agree the greatest ever (albeit only on TV and he retired a few years too late.)
Report cardifffc December 22, 2021 12:03 PM GMT
top cees died yesterday...thomos finest moment in court
Report werbie December 22, 2021 12:37 PM GMT
The judge had never met Thommo before but soon had him weighed up and passed judgement Scared
Report geoff m December 22, 2021 12:40 PM GMT
that day went many years ago.
Report ballyregan December 22, 2021 1:02 PM GMT
The tipping line has maybe destroyed his reputation I think if he did not resort to this he would be more liked.
Report geoff m December 22, 2021 1:07 PM GMT
Wonder if hes on Hugo Palmers Xmas card list ?   I doubt it!!
Report Cutter27 December 22, 2021 2:06 PM GMT
Bloke has been hopeless for the last 47 years. My opinion, but, nevertheless, true.
Report swiftynifty December 22, 2021 2:11 PM GMT
man of many talents
Report ballyregan December 22, 2021 2:13 PM GMT
this is classic Thommo the ultimate player
Report Cutter27 December 22, 2021 2:14 PM GMT
Including dribbling rubbish
Report werbie December 22, 2021 2:54 PM GMT
That's what we're talking about, cringe and slime all rolled into one. If he's anyone's front man then I'd hate to see what they've got hiding out the backScared
Report Cutter27 December 23, 2021 2:20 PM GMT
Admirable reply of council estate dribble, Werbie. The sentiment is correct, though; even from a rough idiot.
Report PompeyMike December 23, 2021 2:50 PM GMT
I often find it hard enough to just locate the horse I have backed, let alone the whole field. Yes he uses the same tired old phrases but he race reads pretty well. It is an extremely difficult skill so fair play to all of them\
Report Cutter27 December 23, 2021 2:53 PM GMT
The idiot called a winner when it clearly wasn't a winner. Like an idiot, you want proof, look for yourself, you pathetic piece of antcrap.
Report ItsMeSwaddle December 23, 2021 7:48 PM GMT

Dec 21, 2021 -- 2:45PM, Dr Crippen wrote:

71 years of age and turning into the straight, he's on the run in now, let's see what he can find.

Glen said he hopes the course he is tunring into the straight is Fakenham.

Molerat ses.

I find tommo a pratt myself, doing it on purpose, no doubt a clever bloke.

Report layemall December 23, 2021 9:04 PM GMT
Seems a decent bloke imo..........anyone with integrity and courage is right up there in my book......the Top Cees affair shot himself in the foot......but sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do and sod the consequences......"Tell me I've led a good life"........and when the answer is a resounding know it was all worth it.
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