The Voice of Racing.
Sir Peter O'Sullevan, was knighted in 1997, after his 50th and last Grand National commentary, when 14/1 shot Lord Gyllene won by an impressive 25 lengths for trainer Steve Brookshaw, ridden by Tony Dobbin in the ownership of Stan Clarke.
O'Sullevan worked for the BBC from 1948 to 1997. Those early races being broadcast on radio with the first televised Grand National in 1960.
Over the years he commentated on the highs and lows of the Grand National using his trusty, old binoculars which came from a German submarine.
Historic victories include:
The 1967 triumph of Foinavon who one at odds of 100/1, after avoiding a mass pile-up at the 23rd fence, which in 1984 was official named after John Kempton's nine-year-old gelding.
Who will ever forget the victories in 1973, 1974 & 1977 of Red Rum, vintage years of the Grand National for trainer Ginger McCain.“They’re willing him home now! The 12-year-old Red Rum, being preceded only by loose horses, being chased by Churchtown Boy… They’re coming to the Elbow, just a furlong now between Red Rum and his third Grand National triumph! He gets a tremendous reception, you’ve never heard one like it at Liverpool… and Red Rum wins the National!”