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Bernie On The Right Road

Alistair comes to rescue of Cape trainee caller

Bernard Fayd’herbe – nice return win

Crack heavyweight rider Bernard Fayd’herbe finally broke the ice since returning from an extended international campaign a fortnight ago, when he booted The Right Road home for Justin Snaith in the third race at Kenilworth on Saturday.

Fayd’herbe rode at his first meeting on 4 April on his return from Mauritius and Dubai, and made amends on Saturday on the smart looking Pathfork gelding.

The Highlands, a part of Ridgemont bred The Right Road had run second under Fayd’herbe at his first meeting and it was fitting that he got one home for Justin Snaith, who has provided the majority of his riding opportunities.

The combination were beaten in the first race when starting favourite with Angel’s Trumpet.

The Querari filly had no answers to the 75-1 Bezrin debutante Too Phat To Fly – a catchy name for a fleetfooted girl!

The R20 000 CTS graduate races in a partnership of her trainer Glen Kotzen and Sean Pillay and romped home unfancied under MJ Byleveld.

The second race, won by Somerset 1200 candidate Dutch Philip, played host to the two comeback veterans Piet Botha and Jannie Bekker, and both riders acquitted themselves well after a long absence.

Alistair Cohen (credit: Tellytrack)Alistair Cohen – jumped in to save it for viewers

The broadcast of the race was marred by a rattled ‘silent’ call by trainee commentator Warren Randall.

Alistair Cohen showed his skills by coming to Randall’s rescue halfway through the race to call it off the screen from the Tellytrack studio.

The difficulty with assessing and blooding racecalling talent is that the live-to-air broadcast is the only means of sifting the wheat from the chaff.

On the flipside of the coin, another trainee looks to have a bright future in broadcasting.

Newbie Brandon Bailey showed no nerves when calling a race from the Champ de Mars from the studio.

Racecalling is a bit like dancing. It looks easy – but you either have the rhythm or you have two left feet.

There is little in between.



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4 comments on “Bernie On The Right Road”

  1. The little in between having the rhythm and two left feet is called ‘training’. The appy’s, I assume, are getting training and at least monitored recordings of live commentaries that are critiqued before they actually are allowed to call a race live, with the sound over? I hope so, and that they’re not flung into live race calling with little mentorship and training pre- going public. Also, consider that perhaps Saturday’s call may have had a technical sound over glitch before giving the apprentice the ‘guillotine by press’.

  2. I would love to see racing again. since Tellytrack’s server went down a couple of weeks ago I cannot see a race without a disconnection or a permanent buffer situation. Guthrie & Ewald have tried to assist but with all due respect to them, I suspect they don’t possess the necessary skills to assist.
    It reminds me of when I first made enquiries about Tellytrack. Steve from Sporting Post was the one who actually assisted me in referring my enquiry to Rob Scott.

    Well it seems once again I’m being treated by a mushroom by being kept in the dark and fed a load of you know what and it is now beyond a doubt, Tellytrack needs to employ people who can do the job

    1. Brian – our telecon of earlier refers – hopefully Ewald Nienaber of Phumelela ([email protected]) got hold of you

      Seems like a positive helpful sort of guy, keen to resolve hassles

      1. A very special thank you to SP for giving me a call a few minutes after receiving my comment. Ewald did phone me soon after the call and yesterday he set about attacking my computer with gusto. Still not sure what the actual problem is but Ewald is on it, thank you very much Ewald and thank you SP.

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