Darren Owen – Racing Broadcaster

October 1, 2013
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What is your official job title : Racing Broadcaster

Age: 46

Marital Status : Single

How long have you been a race caller – 23 years, going back to the old days of calling for Extel was where I started calling races even before SIS.

What job did you do before joining the industry : I worked in a furniture store – for an ex jockey!!

Age at the time of your first bet : 5 years of Age – on the Grand National

What was it : 10p e/w on Spanish Steps to win the 73 Grand National – beaten by the great Red Rum

What has been your best ever bet : Probably two, Dancing Brave to win the King George and the Derby and perhaps the most pleasing was following Sea the Stars from his 2 yr old career and then backing him to win all his big races including the Arc, which was the climax of a great year

Who is your all time Sporting Hero : Red Rum – he brought so much to the game and inspired me from such a young age. A true champion

Whose the king of the sporting world right now  – the undisputed champion : That’s easy – A P McCoy. It’s incredible to think that he has been so dominant for so long and that he is as accessible to the public in a £1000 claimer as he is on Gold Cup day. Day in day out his professionalism and attitude are beyond reproach at all time and he is the ultimate sporting hero. I was made up when he won Sports Personality of the year – great recognition for a true champion

What is your favourite sport  – Good jumps racing for me – any day of the week

Favourite Restaurant/Pub to eat in : I’m  paying where are we going? Some good places where I live in North Wales but amongst my favourites is Brookhouse Mill in Denbigh

Drink of Choice : Partial to a nice drop of Red Wine

 

Choose between the following

 

Flat Racing or Trotting – Flat Racing

 

Tennis or Snooker – Tennis

 

Sugar Ray Leonard or Roberto Duran – Not touched by either of them

 

Poker or Black Jack – not interested in cards

 

Tiger Woods or Jack Nicklaus – Jack Nicklaus

 

National Hunt or Flat Racing – National Hunt

 

Rugby Union or Rugby League – Rugby Union – support Wales

 

Arsene Wenger or Jose Mourinho – Wenger

 

Martin Pipe or Paul Nichols – Martin Pipe – he changed the face of jump racing

 

Sir Alex Ferguson or Bill Shankley – Sir Alex Ferguson

 

Richard Hughes or Ryan Moore – Ryan Moore

 

George Foreman or Lennox Lewis – Lennox Lewis

 

Bjorn Bjorg or Rafa Nadal – Bjorg – a golden era of tennis

 

Kauto Star or Istabraq – Kauto Star

 

Describe your perfect Racing day: A sunny spring day and the prospect of a great jumping card – it doesn’t get any better than that.

 

What’s the best sporting occasion you have ever been to : I have been lucky enough to see a lot of the best horse racing events and I love Arc Day at Longchamp but I think the Melbourne Cup – seeing Makybe Diva win her third consecutive Melbourne Cup was  extra special. It’s an incredible race in a great city.

 

If you could live anywhere in the world – where would it be: Great Britain for me

 

What’s good about Horse racing right now : A Golden era of jumping. Istabraq, followed by Kauto Star, Denman, and lately Big Bucks and Sprinter Sacre. It’s just wonderous stuff.

 

2013/14 Nap please :  Ahh, that’s a tough one to be put on the spot. However let’s go for Al Ferof to win the King George on boxing day. Happy Christmas to everyone when it goes in.