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Sir Peter O'Sullevan: underwent a series of tests after a stroke on Tuesday

Sir Peter O'Sullevan: underwent a series of tests at hospital on Tuesday

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Racing legend Sir Peter O'Sullevan suffers stroke

SIR PETER O'SULLEVAN is in Charing Cross Hospital in London after suffering what friends describe as "a mild stroke" at home on Sunday night.

The former 'Voice of British Racing' has blurred vision and was on Tuesday undergoing a series of tests that will continue on Wednesday.

Nigel Payne, who runs O'Sullevan's charitable trust, said: "Sir Peter is obviously a bit down, but he is in very good hands and everything is being done for him. I don't think it is over-serious, but at the same time when anybody of that age has a stroke it has to be a concern."

Mike Dillon, Ladbrokes' PR director and a long-time friend of O'Sullevan, visited the 95-year-old on Tuesday and said afterwards: "Peter was in good form, and the staff are hopeful he'll be able to go home tomorrow or on Thursday.

"Peter said he first noticed he had a problem when he was watching a six-runner race on Sunday and all of a sudden he could see 18 horses!"

O'Sullevan, who was knighted in 1997, the year he retired, began commentating on racing in 1947 and was a key figure of the BBC's coverage of the sport for many years.

 
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