The Racing Paper - - Opinion -

CRACK­LING ‘bot­tle’ 2/1 on New Year’s Eve com­pleted a no­table Ling­field dou­ble for Martyn Meade. And it brought back mem­o­ries…

Puerile pub­lic school hu­mour of giv­ing nick­names like Lord Snooty, Pout­ing Heiress, Saucy Minx, The No­ble Lord and Great­est Jockey added to the ban­ter on Chan­nel 4 Rac­ing.

None of those names be­came rou­tine un­til the vic­tim ac­qui­esced.

One fail­ing was ‘Crack­ling’ for pre­sen­ter Les­ley Gra­ham.

A viewer wrote re­fer­ring to her as ‘Crack­ling’ but de­mure Les­ley re­quested we re­frained, which of course we did.

When Crack­ling runs again I’ll fondly re­mem­ber our pop­u­lar col­league Les­ley.

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