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That's not cricket...Swann, Tufnell to commentate on Derby trial

Graeme Swann
Graeme Swann
Phil Tufnell (right), pictured here with Jonathan Agnew
Phil Tufnell (right), pictured here with Jonathan Agnew

Former England spinners Graeme Swann and Phil Tufnell will turn their hand to horse-racing commentary when they take the microphone for the Investec Derby Trial at Epsom on 20th April.

After receiving coaching from leading race commentator Richard Hoiles, they will take on the challenge while trying to raise money for charities of their choice.

Hoiles will judge the winner, and £1,000 donated by the Derby and Investec will go to Cancer Research if Tufnell is successful or the Belvoir Cricket and Countryside Trust if Swann prevails.

The Investec Derby Trial is the centrepiece of the Investec Spring Meeting at the famous Epsom racecourse, with the winner of the race gaining entry to the Investec Derby, which will be held in June.

Tufnell, who took more than 1,000 wickets during his first-class career, fancies his chances - thanks to his riding experience.

"I’d say Swanny can talk faster than I can, which might put him at an advantage, but I’ve actually ridden in a horserace when I took on Jason Gillespie a few years back so I can let the audience into a few trade secrets," he revealed.

Swann, meanwhile, who helped England win two Ashes campaigns and the 2010 ICC World Twenty20, is hoping to pull off an upset win.

"Tuffers has got to be ante-post favourite given his racing experience but I reckon there’s a decent chance he won’t remember which horse is in which colours.

"It should be a lot of fun and we’re both competing for great causes," he added.

Update - watch and listen above to see and hear how the pair got on!

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