|Midlands based business man, Iain Hill became the 2005 Channel 425 Great Pundit Hunt Champion last night, when the 'famous five finalists' put their credentials on the line during the channels Racing Live programme on Thursday night.|
Each taking a short stint in the pundits chair, they were grilled about their knowledge, expected to tip winners, and required to provide an 'expert' analysis of a number of races.
In a frenzied voting session, it was Coventry owner and regular Iain Hill who stepped forward to receive the winners trophy, a £1000 in betting vouchers from William Hill and an invitation to star on the show in the future.
On Friday morning, Iain commented: 'I'm really, really chuffed. I am still coming drown from cloud nine! I've always loved greyhound racing and been active as a punter and an owner for some years, but it was down to all my friends and family who encouraged me to go for it or I'd never have entered. I was over the moon when I made the final, but to win it? It's still unbelievable. It was nerve racking and all I had to do was a half-an hour stint and a handful of races, but thankfully, both Hoody and Hobbsy were great. I decided I just had to be myself and talk about the 'make-up' of the race before hand and obviously take some positives out of the race in the replays. If the viewers liked that style then I hoped they'd vote accordingly. I have to say, all the other finalists were superb and we all got along great behind the scenes. It's a cliché, but everything went right for me on the night and given a different night, anyone of us could have won.'
David Hood, PR Director for Hills commented, 'They all did exceptionally well. None of them had any TV background prior to this competition and despite it being a nerve-racking experience they all demonstrated real professionalism. Iain proved really popular with the viewers, and I think it was his relaxed manner and good tipping ability which swung a few votes his way. We'll be inviting him down for a couple of shifts in the near future.'
The search for greyhound racings hidden talent started late in 2004, when Channel 425 launched the competition to uncover sit at home pundits who thought they could make it on the small screen.
Well over a hundred applicants responded to the competition which the judging team, including the Racing Post's Jonathon Hobbs and CH4 racings Tanya Stevenson then whittled down to a dozen hopefuls. After a series of screen tests the Final Five laid bare their knowledge and enthusiasm to a live audience on Thursday Night.