No slip-ups as Chapman gets his skates on for Dancing On Ice
Matt Chapman went prime time on Sunday when he made his debut as the new announcer on ITV's Dancing On Ice.
Chapman, ITV Racing's betting reporter, was behind the microphone for the revamped show, restored to TV screens for the first time since 2014.
Two of the network's biggest names, This Morning's Philip Schofield and Holly Willoughby, were reunited for the tenth series of the show in which celebrities are paired up with professional ice skaters to perform routines on the rink in front of a panel of judges – ITV's answer to Strictly Come Dancing – on ice.
Chapman's role is to summarise each performance as it is replayed then invite the judges to give their scores.
He got his start 15 minutes into the two-hour show when introduced via a caption which said, "commentary by Matt Chapman".
And then got his first chance to give horseracing a mention when Schofield and Willoughby crossed to his rinkside commentary booth to give him a formal welcome.
"It's warmer than it was at Sandown yesterday," said Chapman in sparkling headset as he went on to compare the skaters to Sir Anthony McCoy.
"I work with people like Tony McCoy, absolutely dedicated to their cause in the world of horses, and these people have to be dedicated as well."
Red Rum got a mention later too as Chapman attempted to display his newly acquired command of skating moves and terminology.
In awarding ITV exclusive rights to televise horseracing, the sport saw an opportunity to reach a wider audience through its promotion across some of the network's biggest shows.
At this rate by the end of the ten-week series viewers may know as much about horseracing as Chapman does of skating.
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