Both BBC and RUK coverage of the 2010 John Smith’s Grand National was, as usual, of the highest possible standard.
That was the case however, until Don’t Push It passed the winning post in front, at which point both broadcasters’ took the view that any further interest in the race was at an end.
The powers that be at both organisations obviously felt that showing the immediate emotion of champion jockey Tony McCoy was of greater interest to the average viewer than actually seeing the end of the race.
With the vast majority of bookmakers paying out on the first five horses home, it was therefore unacceptable that punters had to wait over half an hour after the race had finished to receive official confirmation that Hello Bud had in fact filled that position.
It was a special occasion to see the greatest of national hunt jockeys finally break his hoodoo in this most wonderful race, but surely broadcasters’ have a right to show the race in it’s entirety, and not just the bits they feel are relevant to the once a year viewer.
Perhaps in 2011 both broadcasters could agree to show a different angle to the end of the race.
One can show how happy the winning jockey is, immediately victory has been achieved, and the other can continue to broadcast the race until it’s conclusion.
Let the viewer decide which he would prefer to witness!