The Racing Paper - - Opinion -

ALEX HAM­MOND lit up a New Year’s Day mod­est of­fer­ing on Sky Sports Rac­ing of six race cards from Fak­en­ham and Southall.

Sky stal­wart for 15 years, rac­ing nut Ham­mond was the ideal in-house choice to lead a largely At The Races proven team of reg­u­lars. She is now the only fe­male top an­chor of a daily live pro­gramme.

Un­der­stand­ably the five­hour Rac­ing Live cen­tre­piece with six pun­dits was a ten­ta­tive, nervy open­ing but still highly promis­ing.

Bizarrely, a solid five min­utes of ad­verts opened the show. In all there were 23 breaks, some of them seemed in­ter­minable, but all bet­ter than fork­ing out around £300 an­nu­ally for RTV.

Cap­tions were in­no­va­tive and clear, so was sparkling HD along with in-race tim­ing and su­per slow-mo­tion fin­ish-line re­plays; though, please Alex, gen­er­ally let those run back down the field for added info.

SSR un­der Ham­mond, are wel­come in my home – The Trap – and, I trust, yours.

Ideal: Alex Ham­mond

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