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TV TREAT of the week. At The Race’s Get In! pro­gramme fea­tur­ing a huge pic­ture of my boy­hood

Ea­gle comic hero The Mekon with his looka­like, the das­tardly ‘Le­gover’ Luke Har­vey stand­ing in front of it.

Yes, I call Har­vey Le­gover rather than his usual Le­glock moniker. I’ve pinched nick­names for them all. Ja­son Weaver is the Weaver Shark, Matt Chap­man is Swami be­cause, like an In­dian mys­tic, he is al­ways look­ing into the fu­ture. My fel­low Old Har­ro­vian Nick Luck is Lord Snooty and Si­mon Holt is Lan­guid.

I was de­lighted that the Weaver Shark won broad­caster of the year at this week’s Derby Awards.

Peo­ple say he re­tired from be­ing a jockey and put on ten stone, I say he’s come on ten stone with his broad­cast­ing abil­ity. Luke Har­vey is also fan­tas­tic and they make a great team along with Mick ‘Fitzi’ Fitzger­ald with his unique in­sight.

You ei­ther love or hate Matt Chap­man but he does a great job. It’s a trib­ute to the ATR broad­cast­ing nurs­ery.

Ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer Carl Hicks, un­der whose watch BBC and Chan­nel 4 lost their racing con­tracts was 55 this week. Hope the dreaded ageism doesn’t now bring him even fur­ther down.

Paint­ing the course red: Lad­brokes signs are ev­ery­where at New­bury

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