Getting to know Durban July commentator Craig Peters

2015-10-20 06:00
30 Durban July’s for Craig Peters.
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30 Durban July’s for Craig Peters. Photo: Sourced

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THE Friends of Kloof Library Forum are very pleased to have Craig Peters to speak at the next forum on Wednesday 21 October, Kloof Junior Primary School Hall, Abelia Road, commencing at 6pm.

Peters who hails from Waterfall is well known in the multi-billion rand South African horse racing industry as one of the top commentators in the country.

He has commentated at the ultra-prestigious Durban July a record 30 times and has commentated on around 160 000 races during his illustrious career.

Also known as “Eagle Eye” within the racing community, Peters has a nack for picking out the winner well before a race has finished.

Peters regards his first July commentary in 1984, won by Devon Air, as a memorable one, despite his nerves.

He remembers emphasising her name as she moved forward and for the same reason he regards Illustrador’s win in 1990 as one of his best July commentaries. He also recalls that in 2000 he correctly called El Picha the winner, despite the judges taking close to 10 minutes to announce the result, while in 2008 he didn’t attempt to split the dead-heaters Pocket Power and Dancer’s Daughter.

He said: “Painting a picture is the most important duty of a commentator. Raising your voice doesn’t mean you have backed the winner, it means you are enthusiastic and love the game.”

Bev Elsip of the Friends forum said, “We look forward to hearing Craig’s anecdotes and insights into the magic, glamour and colour of the pinnacle race of the Sport of Kings and the iconic thoroughbred champions first past the post over the decades.

“We also look forward to having him share his experiences behind the binoculars and also the depth of his knowledge of the highly pedigreed animals, the many owners’ colourful racing silks he knows at a glance and particularly to shed some light on how he manages to commentate clearly and precisely with the fever pitch atmosphere and the sheer pace of world-class horses jockeying for position as they thunder around the Greyville track at top speed.”

She said that this promises to be a most entertaining and informative talk and urged the public to attend.

Tickets are R50 for public and R30 for Friends of Kloof Library. Contact Kloof Library on 031 764 7543

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