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George Boughey crowned 'king of the callers' after Newmarket challenge

George Boughey: star of the show at Newmarket on Saturday
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George Boughey has been crowned ‘king of the callers’ for 2021 after the latest Henry Cecil Commentator Challenge at Newmarket on Saturday.

Boughey, a rising star of the training ranks since starting out in 2019, was judged to have called the opening eight-runner fillies' novice stakes won by Mellow Yellow better than his six rivals did later on the card.

James Ferguson was a close second after doing a decent job of commentating on the longest race of the afternoon, the 2m2f Cesarewitch Trial.

Others to take part in the annual event, sponsored by Dr Johnny Hon, were double act Simon and Ed Crisford, Tom Clover, Kevin Philippart de Foy, Harry Eustace – who made a wrong call – and last year’s winner Danny Archer.

Boughey said: “It was really good fun, although I was terrified going into it and it was only when I called them going down to the start that I really started to relax.”

James Ferguson was the handed the longest race on the seven-race card

Boughey had good reason to call his race properly as he had a runner in it. He added: “It was great to be calling a decent maiden with some top owners in it such as the Queen but I did get in a bit of a muddle late on as I had a runner in it in the shape of Mystic Wells who very nearly won.“

The trainer, who won his first Group race last month with Oscula, even threw in a Tommo-esque line late on: “I’m sure I said ‘photo, photo’ the way Tommo does at the finish which was commented on afterwards, but I’m sure I’d be five times better if I had to do it again. That may happen as I’m sure Stephen Wallis will want me to come back and defend my title next year.”

He added: “In the end it was a day at the races and we’ve managed to raise over £1,000 for three great charities which are Racing Welfare, Newmarket Pony Academy and Yellow Brick Road Community Project."

Organiser Wallis added: "You might say it was a close call but George edged it from James who did a sterling job doing the longest race. Thanks to all who took part and it kicked off the Henry Cecil Open Weekend in great style."

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I’m sure I said ‘photo, photo’ the way Tommo does at the finish which was commented on afterwards
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