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banner Monday, 23 April, 2001, 18:20 GMT 19:20 UK
Colour no obstacle for Ebdon
Peter Ebdon and snooker balls
Ebdon has flourished despite his colour blindness
BBC Sport Online speaks exclusively to Peter Ebdon about his colour blindness after his first round win over James Wattana.

It was Ted Lowe who delivered the classic commentary line: "For those of you watching in black and white, the pink is behind the green," when commentating on BBC television at the Embassy World Championship.

The infamous quote is still doing the rounds on the after dinner circuit but, for Peter Ebdon, snooker has always been in black and white.


There have been plenty of times in the past when I potted the brown instead of the red and vice-versa
  Peter Ebdon

The Northamptonshire potter is as colour blind as they come and this has led to a few problems - particularly in his latest Crucible conquest.

"I found during my match with James Wattana that the brown was a particularly close colour to the red," Ebdon told BBC Sport Online.

"Whether it is the lighting system this year at The Crucible I'm not sure but once or twice in the game I had to take a second look at the balls.

"When I was an amateur we used balls which were a different composition to the current sets, so I used to have a lot of problems distinguishing between balls.

"There have been plenty of times in the past when I potted the brown instead of the red and vice-versa," he added.

But "Ebbo", as he is known on the snooker circuit, didn't let his colour blindness dilemma get in the way of his 10-8 victory over James Wattana, in his opening game of the 2001 Embassy World Snooker Championship.

Peter Ebdon lines up a shot
Ebdon is mentally focused this year
"I'm delighted to be in the second round of the competition after a couple of duff years in Sheffield.

"There was a minute there when I thought James could come back to 9-9 but fortunately I found that extra bit of magic to book my place in the last 16.

"I am coming into form at the right time in what has been probably the best year of my career.

"My fitness is good at the moment and I also feel I am more mentally prepared than when I reached the final in 1996," he added.

The game's two biggest prizes have so far eluded Ebdon but he still believes this could be his year.

"I certainly feel I have a chance of winning it this time," he said.

"I feel I am playing as well as anyone at the moment and that final break I made against James was probably my best in competition all year."

Poetry in Motion

Ebdon, a keen follower of Rushden and Diamonds in his spare time, is also a huge racing fan, having a share in three successful racehorses whom he follows enthusiastically around the country.

"I love the horseracing scene because it helps me get away from my snooker and clear my head when things aren't going well for me.

"Magic Lake - one of my horses - won two races for me which obviously was almost as good a feeling as me winning a tournament myself.

"Another of my horses - Ordained - also had a very successful career, winning four times but has now retired," he added.

And, if he can play like another of his horses - Poetry in Motion - Ebdon has every chance of scooping the game's most sought after trophy.

"We'll see about that in two weeks time," Ebdon added.

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