‘The absolute end of an era’ in racing say fans as legendary presenter ‘Sir Bob’ Cooper announces retirement

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RACING fans hailed ‘the absolute end of an era’ as legendary Sky Sports Racing presenter ‘Sir Bob’ Cooper announced his retirement.

The host – famed for his role in the infamous ‘it’s a man actually, Derek’ video – will step down at the end of July.

Legendary Sky Sports Racing presenter Robert Cooper is retiring at the end of next month[/caption]

Cooper, who is a regular face on Sky’s At The Races coverage from jumps and Flat tracks the country over, has been working in racing for over 40 years.


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A flood of comments praised his professionalism and humour in front of camera after a post on X confirmed he was leaving his role.

ITV racing commentator Richard Hoiles said: “His company always makes you smile.”

While BBC Radio race-caller John Hunt posted: “Oh Bob!! A complete one off, brilliant wit and wonderful communicator and raconteur.

“A fantastic innings and carrying his bat, undefeated. Wonderful man.”

While fellow racing presenter Tony Ennis said: “Love his unique style. So much knowledge along side a great sense of humour.

“Lucky to have spent time in his company on racecourses, you will be missed Sir Bob.”

Cooper started his career in the City and worked in a bookshop before finding his way in racing where he became a firm favourite with punters for his Sky role.

His most famous moment came in the now viral clip of presenter Derek Thompson mistaking a man for a woman.

In the video, which found fame again from the ‘Accidental Partridge’ X account, Thompson, hosting from a Sky studio, says: “Oh you’ve been joined by a beautiful lady!”

To which Cooper replied with perfect timing: “It’s a man actually, Derek.”

Punters were gutted such a friendly, familiar face would be leaving – and no longer providing his Placepot picks.

One said: “Go well, Sir Bob. Proper gent and a sad loss.”

Another commented: “Absolute legend the man is. Best wishes for the future.”

One post read: “One of the best. Time to take it easier and at your pace. Thanks for entertaining so candidly.”

While another said: “He is brilliant, great to hear him on the channel. Will be a huge loss.”


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