Semi-final weekend in the race to be first UK female horse commentator

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Semi-final weekend in the race to be first UK female horse commentator

The race to become the first female horse-racing commentator is coming to a close finish with the semi-finals taking place this weekend.

Racing For Change set up the competition with a prize of £2,500 and a place on a training course for commentary pundits.

This weekend the two semi-finals will take place in Bath and Doncaster with Nick Attenborough from the organisation saying it is long overdue for horse racing to have a female voice, and that there has been lots of people interested in the initiative.

Mr Attenborough told the Guardian: "We think there will be a strong demand too, particularly over the summer when there are ladies' days with a more 50:50 male-to-female audience."

Recently, commentator Sir Peter O'Sullivan agreed that the initiative was a good idea and should be embraced by the sport.

He added that it has been male dominated for too long, and as long as the winner can think fast on their feet and be lively it could provide them with a great career.

June 10th 2011

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