Racing: Peter Bromley, radio's voice of racing, dies at 74

Peter Bromley, BBC Radio's voice of racing for more than 40 years, has died at the age of 74. Bromley retired after commentating on Galileo's Derby victory in 2001, the last of 202 Classic winners that he called home.

Sir Peter O'Sullevan, the former BBC television commentator, last night led the tributes to Bromley, underlining the work he did not just for broadcasting but for the whole of the sport of horse racing.

"Peter and I worked a long time together," O'Sullevan said. "In 1958 he was working for a television company and he had an opportunity to go to radio. But Peter Dimmock, who was in charge of outside broadcasts at that time, told him to stay on TV and not to go to radio because Peter O'Sullevan would not go on for ever and he would be next in line," he explained. We had a running joke for many years afterwards that he would have been the longest-serving understudy in broadcasting.

"He was a good broadcaster and a good advocate for racing in general, not just for commentating.

Bromley's broadcasting role began when injury curtailed his career as an amateur jockey and he gave his first BBC Radio commentary at Newmarket on 13 May, 1959.

He commentated on his first Derby in 1961 when the 66-1 chance Psidium sprang a surprise.

Bromley's career behind the microphone was virtually uninterrupted as he called all the Derbys between 1961 and 2001. He worked for the Light Programme, Radio 2 and Radio 5 Live when the BBC had a contract with the Racecourse Association to cover all the big races.

Peter Salmon, director of BBC Sport, was one of a number of broadcasting figures to acknowledge Bromley's contribution. "He set the gold standard for horse racing commentary on British Radio," he said. "His voice and expertise defined the sport for audiences.

"Our thoughts go to his family who will miss him dearly, though the loss will be felt by millions of radio listeners too."

Bob Shennan, controller of BBC Radio Five Live, added: "He was one of the giants of sports broadcasting whose incredible voice became the hallmark of Saturday afternoon radio listening for millions."

Bromley had retired to Suffolk to continue his hobby of training gun dogs. He suffered from pancreatic cancer for the past 15 months and leaves a wife, Joanna, and three daughters.

Balakheri at Chantilly

Balakheri, trained by Sir Michael Stoute, is among 11 acceptors for the Group Two Grand Prix de Chantilly on Sunday. Eric Libaud's Ange Gabriel, the Hong Kong Vase winner, spearheads a tough domestic defence of the Chantilly feature.

Godolphin's Blatant is the sole British acceptor in the Group Three Prix du Chemin de Fer du Nord over mile on the same card.

Three British-trained fillies have stood their ground at the latest declaration stage for Sunday's Prix de Diane (French Oaks). The Godolphin pair, Gonfilia and Mezzo Soprano, plus John Dunlop's Time Ahead are the only remaining runners after Casual Look, Geminiani and Hi Dubai were withdrawn after being declared for the Oaks at Epsom.

The list of domestic acceptors includes Pascal Bary's Six Perfections, who was a most unlucky runner-up in both the English and Irish 1,000 Guineas. Criquette Head-Maarek's Prix Saint-Alary winner Fidelite and the French 1,000 Guineas winner Musical Chimes have also been declared.

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
SPONSORED FEATURES
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services
iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

The Richmond Fellowship Scotland: Executive Director

£66,192 per annum including car allowance of £5,700): The Richmond Fellowship ...

Recruitment Genius: Customer Service Advisor

£16575 - £19000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: An excellent opportunity is ava...

Recruitment Genius: Office Junior

£18000 - £20000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is a fantastic opportunity...

Recruitment Genius: Assistant Site Agent

£22000 - £30000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This traditional family company...

Day In a Page

Isis profits from destruction of antiquities by selling relics to dealers - and then blowing up the buildings they come from to conceal the evidence of looting

How Isis profits from destruction of antiquities

Robert Fisk on the terrorist group's manipulation of the market to increase the price of artefacts
Labour leadership: Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea

'If we lose touch we’ll end up with two decades of the Tories'

In an exclusive interview, Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea
Tunisia fears its Arab Spring could be reversed as the new regime becomes as intolerant of dissent as its predecessor

The Arab Spring reversed

Tunisian protesters fear that a new law will whitewash corrupt businessmen and officials, but they are finding that the new regime is becoming as intolerant of dissent as its predecessor
King Arthur: Legendary figure was real and lived most of his life in Strathclyde, academic claims

Academic claims King Arthur was real - and reveals where he lived

Dr Andrew Breeze says the legendary figure did exist – but was a general, not a king
Who is Oliver Bonas and how has he captured middle-class hearts?

Who is Oliver Bonas?

It's the first high-street store to pay its staff the living wage, and it saw out the recession in style
Earth has 'lost more than half its trees' since humans first started cutting them down

Axe-wielding Man fells half the world’s trees – leaving us just 422 each

However, the number of trees may be eight times higher than previously thought
60 years of Scalextric: Model cars are now stuffed with as much tech as real ones

60 years of Scalextric

Model cars are now stuffed with as much tech as real ones
Theme parks continue to draw in thrill-seekers despite the risks - so why are we so addicted?

Why are we addicted to theme parks?

Now that Banksy has unveiled his own dystopian version, Christopher Beanland considers the ups and downs of our endless quest for amusement
Tourism in Iran: The country will soon be opening up again after years of isolation

Iran is opening up again to tourists

After years of isolation, Iran is reopening its embassies abroad. Soon, there'll be the chance for the adventurous to holiday there
10 best PS4 games

10 best PS4 games

Can’t wait for the new round of blockbusters due out this autumn? We played through last year’s offering
Transfer window: Ten things we learnt

Ten things we learnt from the transfer window

Record-breaking spending shows FFP restraint no longer applies
Migrant crisis: UN official Philippe Douste-Blazy reveals the harrowing sights he encountered among refugees arriving on Lampedusa

‘Can we really just turn away?’

Dead bodies, men drowning, women miscarrying – a senior UN figure on the horrors he has witnessed among migrants arriving on Lampedusa, and urges politicians not to underestimate our caring nature
Nine of Syria and Iraq's 10 world heritage sites are in danger as Isis ravages centuries of history

Nine of Syria and Iraq's 10 world heritage sites are in danger...

... and not just because of Isis vandalism
Girl on a Plane: An exclusive extract of the novelisation inspired by the 1970 Palestinian fighters hijack

Girl on a Plane

An exclusive extract of the novelisation inspired by the 1970 Palestinian fighters hijack
Why Frederick Forsyth's spying days could spell disaster for today's journalists

Why Frederick Forsyth's spying days could spell disaster for today's journalists

The author of 'The Day of the Jackal' has revealed he spied for MI6 while a foreign correspondent