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Last Updated: Wednesday, 4 June, 2003, 08:02 GMT 09:02 UK
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Former BBC racing commentator Peter Bromley has died aged 74.

He had been battling cancer and died on Tuesday evening.

He had served as the BBC's racing correspondent for 41 years and during his career he called 202 Classics.

Send us your tributes to this great man of British racing. Have Your Say using the form on the right-hand side of the page.


I was working on an A-level project to study the language used by racing commentators & how they prepare for each race commentary. To assist me, Peter sent some large homemade racecards that he had made for the races to help him remember the horses and their colours for the races he was commentating on.

This was just one example of the time, effort and dedication that he put into each race and for the sport as a whole.
Helen Clarke, Ripon, North Yorkshire

A great loss to radio and to horseracing
John, London

"Here comes Zafonic with a great burst of speed, and he really is the wonder horse we all thought he was." That was back in 1993, the 2000 Guineas - and that was just perfect - so dramatic and exciting. Peter Bromley had the most wonderful voice that chimed with the drumming of the horses' hooves, and the crescendo of a grandstand finish.

He was a supreme commentator, who captured the sense of occasion like few others, and for me ranks up there with Wolstenholme, Coleman, Moore, Weekes, Jones, Butler, McLaren and O'Sullevan. A commentator you listened to for the pleasure of listening to him as much as the racing itself.
Will, Somerset

As ever, Peter Bromley's timing was perfect right to the very end. He called the Derby for 40 years, then he retired after the 2001 Derby. And now he has died on the first Wednesday of June, what was once traditionally Derby Day.

Peter, I'm sure your rousing calls of greats like Mill Reef and Shergar will echo across the Epsom Downs when the stalls open for the 2003 Derby on Saturday.
Harold Reynolds, Gloucestershire

A great loss to radio and to horseracing. Peter Bromley's unique style was hugely enjoyable. Inevitably the studio would cut to him a bit early so he could put his listeners at ease, point out the main fancies in the race and some useful tit-bits of information.

Bromley was simply a superb master of the microphone
Derek, ex-pat, Brazil

Then, high drama as a leading fancy rears in the stalls before they all get off safely. This was followed by a rich and accurate commentary right up to the furlong marker. Then all hell would break loose; the jockeys would often swap horses, the owners would swap colours and an unseen horse wide on the outside would swoop at the last moment.

Then, in the warmth of the moment the other side of the winning post, Peter would elegantly put the record straight and tell us all who had really won. You could not help but smile. There will never be another like him, rest in peace.
John, London

Peter was an irreplaceable icon amongst the BBC's Greats. The Horse Racing world has lost one of its true Gentlemen.
Roger Large, Hove, East Sussex.

I'm sure many listeners would agree that Peter Bromley was a supreme broadcaster and that he will be very sadly missed.

My lasting memories of Peter were listening to his Grand National and King George commentaries on the World Service in Hong Kong, flying over the Himalayas and on a ferry-crossing between between Dover and Calais.

Wherever you listened, Peter really made you feel as though you were with him.
Ben, London

He ranks alongside Wolstenhome, Jones, McClaren, O'Sullevan in what has become a British tradition in commentating. Bromley was simply a superb master of the microphone, he painted pictures and created so much excitement over the air, which at times left one breathless, as well as the man himself. A very sad passing indeed. RIP.
Derek, ex-pat, Brazil

Simply the best - Peter Bromley was to racing what John Arlott was to cricket. A master of his craft.
David Worsfold, Haywards Heath, West Sussex

A great man with a distinctive voice
Eric Eicson, Surrey

A brilliant race commentator. Everybody should read pages 88, 89 and 90 of Brian Johnston's book where he writes about Peter Bromley in detail saying why he was such a great commentator. The book is called Chatterboxes.
E MacFetridge, Leamington Spa

Rest in peace Peter. We've lost one of the all-time greats of British broadcasting.
Allister Webb, Sheffield, England

A great man with a distinctive voice - another BBC icon gone. The passing of Peter Bromley makes you realise just how much these familiar voices become an integral part of your life.
Eric Eicson, Surrey

Peter Bromley was to radio what Peter O'Sullevan was to television: 'the voice of racing' I was so sad to hear of his passing. Peter could do what is probably still the hardest sphere of the media and that is paint the picture the listener cannot see. When I listened to his commentaries, I was in the Grandstand at whatever racecourse with him watching it in glorious colour! He will be missed.
Dave Hunn, Wiltshire

Having money on a race and hearing Peter call it was as exciting as seeing it live
John Woods, Liverpool

The news of the death of Peter Bromley fills me with huge sadness. His commentaries of the great races are etched in the memory as much as the races themselves. I can still hear his great voice crying "You'll need a telescope to see the rest!" (Shergar, Epsom, 1981). Rest in peace Peter.
Adrian Smith, Wrexham

The news of Peter Bromley's death was very sad - he was the voice of racing for our generation and his descriptions, more than anything else, kindled a lot of interest. Will there ever be another Peter Bromley on BBC?
Ramesh, India

I was so saddened to hear of the death of Peter Bromley. When I was young, listening to 'Sport on Two' meant hearing the two best commentators I've ever heard: the two Peters, Bromley and Jones.

The excitement and colour they conveyed was peerless. Later, having money on a race and hearing Peter call it was as exciting as seeing it live.He'll be sorely missed.
John Woods, Liverpool

Peter Bromley's voice epitomised horse racing to listeners. He was sorely missed as a presenter and now sadly we have lost him altogether.
Dave Westwell, Newcastle upon Tyne

Our Irish challengers this year are good if not brilliant horses on what they've shown so far. Refuse To Bend has a very relaxed way of racing but I have my doubts about him getting the trip around Epsom. I am most interested in two horses from the Aidan O'Brien stable.

It's gotta be Alamshar in the big one at Epsom
Pat Finnan, Ireland
Brian Boru appears to be the obvious one and he ought to come on a tonne for his comeback run behind Alamshar but I really like The Great Gatsby at a nice price. Pat Eddery will get a nice ride around Epsom at a good price and I will be having a bit on each-way. Let's just hope the trophy comes back to Ireland once more!
Jerome Zarathustra, Ireland

All the newspapers are saying that the Derby is an all Irish affair with hardly a mention of any of the contenders from England. Could it be that the Irish will be lucky to get one in the first four behind Magestratti who at 20/1 must be the greatest each way steal ever.
Ian Scott, Huntingdon

There has been so much talk of late about the chances of Alamshar and Brian Boru in the Derby. Has everyone forgot about Refuse to Bend? I think this horse is a cut above the rest! Come back to me after the Derby and I'll say 'I told you so!'
Pádraig MacFarlane, Belfast

It's gotta be Alamshar in the big one at Epsom. I was on when the same team did the business three years ago. He's the form horse. Go Johnny go!
Pat Finnan, Ireland

Great performance in the French Derby by Dalakhani, but the jockey went a bit overboard with his gesturing. A bad winner is worse than a bad loser.
Greg, ex-pat, France

Good luck to Barclay Tagg and Jose Santos and roll on Belmont!
Ted Hughes, UK
That's one part of my double up after I said a couple of weeks ago that HRH Aga Khan would bring the English and French Derby double. Dalakhani is never brilliant in victory but he always gets the job done and has more stamina than his brother Daylami. I look forward to him coming over here for the King George presumably and he will take a hell of a lot of beating. Lets just watch Alamshar scoot up next week and allow me to boast about being right for once in my life!
Mark Leckie, UK

Surely AIRWAVE is the most exciting sprinter there has been since DAYJUR. This division has been very mediocre for many years but in AIRWAVE I think we may have found a true queen of the sprint.
Carl, Liverpool

I have never seen a horse cruise to the lead in a sprint the way Airwave did in the Temple Stakes and that after giving the others a headstart. It will take a very good horse to beat her this year. She may go one better than the great Dayjur should she be entered for the Breeders Cup Sprint although she would want to break a bit smarter.
Gary McKenzie, Enfield, Middlesex

Aside from the brilliant performance of Hawk Wing in the Lockinge Stakes, let's not forget what is going on in the States. Funny Cide is on the verge of writing his name into the record books alongside greats such as Affirmed and Secretariat.

His performance in the Preakness Stakes took my breath away and let's hope he repeats that for his small time trainer and jockey who would wait all their careers for a horse like Funny Cide.

Good luck to Barclay Tagg and Jose Santos and roll on Belmont!
Ted Hughes, UK

Mr Dinos put in a great effort at Sandown. Dettori's going to miss out in the Ascot Gold Cup.
Fivers And Tenners, South-East London

By all means have Royal Ascot at Cheltenham - but how about reducing the prices for once. And let's make sure the ordinary regular punter is not sidelined by jolly boy once-a-year penguins in their toppers!
Peter Senior, Solihull

Cheltenham Racecourse would be a most appropriate venue for Royal Ascot 2005. This huge facility stands dormant most of the summer. So a major flat meeting would fill the void. It would be a good opportunity for the management to access Cheltenham as a flat course for a meeting(s) in the medium-term future.
Max Le Grand, Cheltenham

Pleased to see that Cheltenham have said that they will look into holding the Ascot event. Cheltenham should in my opinion be looking to hold a large flat racing event every year.

They have wonderful punter facilities and the National Hunt festival proves they can do it with very little issue. The town would be over the moon, the local business community would support the event so well. I think that the owners of Cheltenham should have this wonderful facility in constant use throughout the year if at all possible.
Neil, UK

I hope to hear you in the bookmakers the next time he runs, it makes the winning all the more fun.
Patrick McDonagh, St Austell, Cornwall

It's about time that Aidan started keeping some of his horses on after their three year campaigns. Godolphin have been scoring cheap victories for years with older horses such as Fantastic Light, Daylami and Swain. The shame is that it is all about money, if Hawk Wing performed up to expectations last year, he would have been retired to stud long ago!
John, Mayo

Perhaps one of the reasons the Derby no longer matters much is because over recent years, the Derby winner has been quickly retired at the end of the season - or even flogged off to Japan and you no longer see the brilliant spectacle of last year's Derby winner taking on the current year's winner as we have done previously, usually in the King George & Queen Elizabeth Stakes.

Presumably, owners don't want to risk the horse's reputation as a 4 year old and despatch it off to stud as fast as possible at the end of the season. What a great pity. However, this year we do indeed have last year's Derby winner racing as a four-year-old (High Chapparel) and the thought that we might see him race against this year's winner is a mouth watering prospect which should keep us fans glued to the racing.
Victoria Wright, London, UK





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