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Legendary commentator O’Sullevan recovering after light stroke

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The world of racing is sending its best wishes to legendary commentator Sir Peter O'Sullevan after the 95-year-old suffered a mild stroke.

The former 'voice of racing' was said to be recovering well in London's Charing Cross Hospital on Wednesday after he was admitted on Sunday.

O'Sullevan, who commentated on 50 Grand Nationals, retired in 1997 and has since enjoyed good health into his 90s.

He even drove himself to the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe meeting in Paris in October 2012 and attended the Cheltenham Festival earlier in March.

Affectionately known as "the voice of racing", Sir Peter began commentating in 1948 and called the Grand National for the 50th and final time in 1997, a race won by Lord Gyllene and delayed two days after an IRA bomb threat caused Aintree to be evacuated.

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The tributes quickly poured in for the legendary mic-man

Nigel Payne, chief executive of the Peter O'Sullevan Charitable Trust, said: "He is much better. I spoke to him at length last night. It's very encouraging."

Cornelius Lysaght, BBC racing correspondent, tweeted: "Sir Peter O'Sullevan, 95, well enough to be tipping Cappa Bleu for #GN2013 to fellow patients/medics as recovers from mild stroke."

The Jockey Club tweeted: "We send our best wishes to Sir Peter O'Sullevan, wish him a quick recovery and hope he is home soon."

Francis Keogh, BBC racing reporter, tweeted: "Sir Peter O'Sullevan said he "wouldn't be backing England" (v Montenegro) when friends visited in hospital. Still a good judge at 95."

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