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The Conscience of Thoroughbred Racing


John McCririck, the outspoken British horseracing commentator, passed away yesterday at age 79. In the mid-60s, he worked as a private handicapper to a tipping publication, Formindex, later became BBC TV racing correspondent, and worked as journalist for the now-defunct Sporting Life between 1972 and 1984. An unabashed misogynist, his original appeal waned this century and his highly costumed act was seen less often. He claimed ageism, but his persona was no longer palatable in the era of political correctness. McCririck reportedly had few close friends, but they insisted a kind and generous person was beneath all his petulant bluff and bluster. His wife Jenny, whom he married in 1971, survives him.

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