RTE racing presenter Ted Walsh and At The Races frontman Matt Chapman engaged in a heated war of words during a live TV broadcast from the Dublin Racing Festival at Leopardstown this morning.
The pair appeared on a panel together for Chapman’s channel, At The Races, to discuss the day’s racing. But things turned ugly when Ted took on British presenter ‘Chappers’– calling him out for slagging-off jockeys on air.
Cheeky Chapman is well-known for making fun of personalities connected with the sport on his TV show. While Walsh is famed for his fearless, no-nonsense approach to coverage.
So, it will come as no surprise that Ted finally cracked, causing the two to collide, creating the perfect storm at Leopardstown.
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As a result, Paddy Power have decided it’s time these two titans of horse racing coverage settled the score. We have thrown down the gauntlet, and challenged the pair to a face-off in the ultimate battle of horse racing knowledge.
“We are nailing our colours to the mast, should this royal racing rumble go ahead, by making Ted, father of top jockey Ruby Walsh, firm favourite at odds of 1/4 to put Chapman back in his box. The latter is stands at 5/2 to turn the tables on the Kildare-based racehorse trainer and RTE presenter,” spokesman Paddy Power said.
He continued: “When Ted talks, the Irish racing public listen, while Chapman is considered the Marmite of racing presenters thanks to his notoriously brash approach to interviews.
“We would love to see these two go head-to-head in a battle of wit, and we are confident that Ted would easily outsmart Chapman when the chips are down,” spokesman Paddy Power added.
You can watch the pair have it out thanks to At The Races below:
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Just over 40 minutes in, and Ted Walsh gets there first – erm, a reference to a terrestrial ice skating show… #DublinRacingFestival pic.twitter.com/ocTK8zcZkl
— At The Races (@AtTheRaces) February 4, 2018
* All odds correct at time of posting.