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Tom Stalker becomes second London 2012 British boxer to turn pro after signing with Matchroom

Stalker becomes second London 2012 British boxer to turn pro after signing with Matchroom

By
Martin Domin

PUBLISHED:

13:17 GMT, 9 January 2013

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UPDATED:

15:35 GMT, 9 January 2013

Thomas Stalker has become the second British Olympic boxer to turn professional.

The 28-year-old has signed with Eddie Hearn's Matchroom outfit and follows London team-mate Anthony Ogogo into the paid ranks.

The Sportsmail columnist will make his debut in February and will also be on the undercard of Tony Bellew's world title eliminator against Isaac Chilemba at Liverpool's Echo Arena on March 30.

Turning pro: Stalker has signed with Matchroom

Turning pro: Stalker has signed with Matchroom

Stalker is a former European and
Commonwealth gold medalist and was controversially beaten in the
quarter-finals at the London Games.

'I feel I am going to be exciting to
watch as a professional boxer,' Stalker said. 'I felt it was time for me
to turn professional now and see how far I can go. I have done
everything I could possibly do as an amateur, bar winning an Olympic
medal.

'Even though I didn’t medal myself,
as a team I have captained the most successful amateur boxing team we
have ever had and that was a big thing for me.

Leader: Tom StalLeader: Tom Stalker (second right) was Team GB's captainker was Team GB's captain

Leader: Tom Stalker (second right) was Team GB's captain

Stalker is a former European and
Commonwealth gold medalist and was controversially beaten in the
quarter-finals at the London Games.

'I feel I am going to be exciting to
watch as a professional boxer,' Stalker said. 'I felt it was time for me
to turn professional now and see how far I can go. I have done
everything I could possibly do as an amateur, bar winning an Olympic
medal.

'Even though I didn’t medal myself,
as a team I have captained the most successful amateur boxing team we
have ever had and that was a big thing for me.

Dedicated: Stalker hard at work

Dedicated: Stalker hard at work

'It wasn’t just a three-week
tournament it had been four years of trying to qualify to win those
medals so to see all the lads and women do so well and win medals was
amazing and I am very honoured to have captained that team.

'Winning the Commonwealth Games gold
medal was obviously a highlight for me in the amateurs but I would say
qualifying for the Olympics was a big moment after all the hard work it
took to qualify.

'Since the Olympics I haven’t had a
goal and I have been a bit depressed, especially seeing the other lads
doing all sorts of stuff but now I have that hunger back and to get in
that ring and fight is going to be amazing. The one for me is going to
be March, boxing a homecoming in Liverpool. It is going to be amazing
for me to be boxing in front of all my friends and family in Liverpool
and that is when I will really feel like a professional.

First: Anthony Ogogo had already turned pro

First: Anthony Ogogo had already turned pro

'I think a lot of Eddie Hearn and I
think a lot of the fighters he has; Carl Froch, Kell Brook and of course
the Liverpool fighters he has got, Tony Bellew, Rocky Fielding and
Callum Smith. I thought it made sense to go with Matchroom because Eddie
is doing really well for his fighters at the moment.

'Kal Yafai, Scotty Cardle and Martin
J. Ward were all really good friends in the GB squad and I see them
doing really well now with Matchroom. When I was watching Scott Cardle’s
last fight I was picturing myself against the opponent he was fighting
because he is about the same weight as me.'

Stalker will be trained by Paul and
Mick Stevenson at Everton Red Triangle boxing club alongside British
flyweight champion Kevin Satchell.

Guide: Eddie Hearn will promote Stalker

Guide: Eddie Hearn will promote Stalker

Rob McCracken, GB Boxing performance
director, said: 'It has been very good working with Tom over the last
three years, when he has shown himself to be a fine boxer with the
ability to win medals at major tournaments.

'It is disappointing for us that Tom
has decided his future lies away from the GB Boxing squad but he departs
with our best regards and we wish him every success in his future
career.'

Kevin Pietersen broke England code by going public – so he had to go: Andrew Strauss

KP broke England code by going public – so he had to go, says skipper Strauss

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UPDATED:

22:43 GMT, 14 August 2012

Shock: Andrew Strauss (right) has been left stunned by the Kevin Pietersen text scandal

Shock: Andrew Strauss (right) has been left stunned by the Kevin Pietersen text scandal

Andrew Strauss, facing up to the humiliation of being bad-mouthed to the South Africans by one of his own players, broke his silence on the ‘textgate’ affair to accuse Kevin Pietersen of washing his dirty laundry in public.

Strauss, who will makes his 100th Test appearance and his 50th as captain in the must-win final Test at Lord’s, is usually the model of diplomacy. Yet he appears so angry that Pietersen sent texts to England’s opponents criticising him, as revealed by Sportsmail, that he has chosen now to reassert his authority over his axed superstar.

‘I’ve always got on with Kevin,’ Strauss told Sportsmail columnist Nasser Hussain on Sky Sports. ‘I’ve tried to be honest with him and he’s been honest with me. That’s why this has all been a bit of a surprise to me.

‘I think the discontent that Kevin
had with the board over his contract situation was one that the players
didn’t get involved in. And I didn’t get involved in it, either. But
over the last week I have had to get involved because there have been
issues a little more central to his relationship with the other players
and our ability to perform out in the middle.

‘I’m
a big believer in not airing dirty laundry in public. It’s one of the
core values of our team that what goes on in the dressing room stays in
the dressing room. Any time anyone has fallen foul of that they have
been disciplined — and rightly so. It’s about mutual respect and trust.
And that is central to resolving this.’

Earlier, England’s tough stance on Pietersen had received the official backing of their players when Tim Bresnan said the ECB were right to drop him for sending the texts during the second Test.
While Pietersen attempted a damage-limitation exercise by apologising, Bresnan did not duck the issue and his words would have brought reassurance to Andy Flower, Hugh Morris and all at the ECB who made the seismic call to take disciplinary action against Pietersen just ahead of their biggest home Test since the 2009 Ashes.

Tough choices: And England face a tough opponent in South Africa in the third must-win Test

Tough choices: And England face a tough opponent in South Africa in the third must-win Test

‘I think the ECB and management have to take a stance at some point and if they feel the right time for that is now then it is now,’ said Bresnan, who will probably retain his place tomorrow with Graeme Swann returning at the expense of Steven Finn. ‘Obviously Kevin has done or said something — I don’t know what it is — and if they feel they have to take action over that then I back them 100 per cent.’

It can be safely assumed, despite Bresnan’s protestations about his lack of intimate knowledge on the affair, that his views will be shared by team-mates who have clearly become disillusioned with the erratic behaviour of their gifted maverick.

Bresnan is adamant there have been no issues within the England dressing room despite Pietersen alleging ‘politics’ after the Leeds Test. ‘I was very surprised when he said those things and I think the other guys were as surprised as I was,’ said the Yorkshireman. ‘I didn’t think anything had changed within the dressing room. There was no bickering, no fighting. There was nothing.’

On a high: Tim Bresnan is confident of England's chances

On a high: Tim Bresnan is confident of England's chances

Bresnan was equally bullish about England’s chances of overcoming the odds and defeating South Africa to level the series, even though they will surely be weakened by the absence of a man who scored one of the great modern centuries at Headingley before the storm of his own making engulfed him.

‘I think we have a squad so deep in talent that it really doesn’t matter who plays on Thursday if we play our best cricket,’ said Bresnan. ‘On any given day we can beat anyone. What happened in the one-dayers showed you what can happen. We were unbeaten without certain individuals in the side. We have just as good a chance of winning this Test now than if we had Brian Lara, Sachin Tendulkar and Curtly Ambrose playing.’

It is not those greats but Bresnan’s county colleague Jonny Bairstow who must try to plug the huge gap left by Pietersen in what suddenly looks, with James Taylor at five and Bairstow at six, a worryingly inexperienced middle order.

At full stretch: Jonny Bairstow

Tall order: James Taylor

At full stretch: Jonny Bairstow and James Taylor will be tested by the South African attack

Bresnan is adamant that Pietersen will be accepted back into the dressing room if peace breaks out in what appears an irretrievable rift between him and England. ‘Personally I’ve got no problem with Kevin,’ he insisted.

‘If people a lot higher up the pecking order deem it OK for him to come back then that’s fine by me. He would receive the same welcome that Jonny had yesterday and Titch Taylor got last week. It doesn’t change because of who he is or what he’s done. He’s still an England player.’

And he might be an England player again if the hierarchy accept his apology, even though it stopped short of admitting that the texts he sent to South Africa’s players were derogatory towards Strauss and the atmosphere within the England dressing room.

Stuart Broad was forced to deny any involvement in the spoof Twitter account that so upset Pietersen. After it was revealed that the now-defunct KPGenius was the brainchild of Broad’s friend Richard Bailey, the fast bowler said: ‘I had no involvement in this whatsoever.

‘I did not play any role in the creation of this account or provide Mr Bailey with any information regarding Kevin Pietersen or the England team.’

Euro 2012: Italy are playing for pride against England – Ruud Gullit

Italy are playing for pride… and it is everything they have

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UPDATED:

23:07 GMT, 22 June 2012

Sportsmail columnist Ruud Gullit played in Italy for eight years and
understands their players and supporters better than most. Here the
Euro 1988 winner casts his expert eye on England’s next opponents.

Italy are playing well – they are better than I thought they would be, especially considering the match-fixing crisis in their country. But then the Italians know how to play a tournament, especially when they are under pressure.

In 1982, they had recently had the match-fixing controversy and won the World Cup. It was the same again in 2006. They know how to win. So now it has happened again and they are playing for pride. Their pride is everything they have.

Class act: Pirlo will be the biggest threat to England on Sunday

Class act: Pirlo will be the biggest threat to England on Sunday

Andrea Pirlo in midfield is the biggest threat to England. I like him very much. Everything goes through him, he's their captain and dictates games. He's a very good playmaker and Scott Parker will have to be at his best to stop him.

As for Mario Balotelli, I hope he learns from all his mistakes because he is such a talent, but after a while you have to stop talking about him because he enjoys the attention.

He will have had plenty of attention in Italy. When I was at AC Milan, I couldn't walk around the streets. During my time at Chelsea I could sit in a cafe in the King's Road and relax but in Italy I had to go out back entrances and run as fast as I could because there were so many people wanting to talk to me. Italians are not ashamed of showing their emotions and that is nice.

Centre of attention: But Balotelli must do his talking on the pitch

Centre of attention: But Balotelli must do his talking on the pitch

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The most important thing you need to know about Italians is that they are very proud. So when the Italians play football, they are playing for pride and they will defend that with everything they have. They will defend their goal at any cost.

They like all the aesthetic things in life, all the beauty: food, fancy cars, nice clothes – they appreciate them all. For that reason, defending is an art form for them. And because it is considered art, it is so difficult for strikers to score goals. If you get one chance as a forward, you must score and therein lies their strength. They know they have to score. If you score, you're good. If you don't, you're not.

Milan was a serious group of players. Everything was all about winning. With that group of Paolo Maldini, Franco Baresi, they wanted to win every game. If we drew a game, hell broke loose with people screaming.

Italian job: Gullit describes his period at AC Milan as the best of his career

Italian job: Gullit describes his period at AC Milan as the best of his career

Arrigo Sacchi screamed, Fabio Capello screamed, so we had to stay at the top. Silvio Berlusconi was the same. Almost every week he would fly into the training ground in his helicopter – landing on one of the astro pitches. He was very close to us.

When he came we were all so smart, everybody wore a tie. I had to adapt immediately, particularly with clothes. My fashion sense was terrible and as soon as the other players saw me, they said, 'You can't wear that'. We had a moveable skeleton in the changing room and if somebody had something strange on, they would dress it with your clothes. That's when you knew not to wear them ever again. The first thing I had to do was get rid of my white socks.

Everything was so professional at the club and when you arrive at the training ground Milanello, you can sense the smell of winning. As a player you have nothing to worry about except football. If you have a gas pipe that is broken, they'll fix it for you; if your car breaks down, they will deal with it. You just have to think about playing well.

Defending is an art form for the Italians… it is so difficult for strikers

The diet was so healthy too. You had salads, beans, ham and then afterwards pastas, risottos or fish. Everything was good for you and I was used to Holland, where we ate steaks and salty soup before a game. When I tried to change the food at Chelsea they all just laughed at me and asked for their food back. 'We want our gravy back,' they used to say to me.

When I arrived in Italy, I weighed 89kg (14 stone) and Maldini was 82kg (13 stone). We were the same height and they couldn't figure out why I weighed so much more. So I had to go on the scales every day and they tried to measure the fat on my hips, arms and back. In the end they realised it was all muscle.

Playing there was the best period of my life – I owe everything to the Italian league. And back then you had Inter, Juventus, Napoli, Roma – so many top clubs competing, just like the Premier League now.

The biggest problem in Italian football now is the stadiums. They are old and people don't want to go there. Juventus's attendances were poor and then they opened a new stadium and all of a sudden it was packed. The seats are nice, the facilities are good and they are proud of it. Other clubs need to do the same. Win Euro 2012 and the attendances might creep up again.

Mail writers in the hunt for top sports journalism awards

Mail writers in the hunt for top sports journalism awards

The Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday have received a string of nominations for the British Sports Journalism Awards.

Chief Sports Writer Martin Samuel has been shortlisted for both the Sports Interviewer and Sports Columnist gongs.

Matt Lawton

Martin Samuel

Contenders: Sportsmail's Matt Lawton (left) and Martin Samuel

Chief Football Correspondent Matt Lawton is nominated in the Sports Interview and Specialist Correspondent categories.

Neil Ashton is again shortlisted for the Sports News Reporter award, which he picked up last year.

In the Young Sports Writer section, both Alex Kay and Laura Williamson have been placed on the shortlist.

Neil Ashton

Patrick Collins

Shortlisted: Neil Ashton (left) and Patrick Collins

The Mail on Sunday's Patrick Collins joins Samuel among the nominations for the Sports Columnist award.

And Steve O'Brien has been named among the contenders for the Sports Cartoonist prize.

Alex Kay

Laura Williamson

The future's bright: Alex Kay and Laura Williamson are up for Young Sports Writer

SJA chairman of judges Jon Ryan said: 'I don't recall a time when so many of our judges have commented on the high quality of the entries. I am also delighted that the number of entries kept up during what has not been the easiest time for newspapers.

'If you want to show anyone why newspapers are important, why they matter and why journalists should be respected for their writing, news reporting and investigative skills then you need to look no further than the SJA awards.'

Six Nations 2012: George North exclusive

George North exclusive: Sportsmail's new columnist ahead of the Six Nations

The RBS Six Nations kicks off this weekend with the focus on a new look England. However, in Wales one young man has already made himself a star. And here Sportmail's new columnist George North opens up about life at the top of the game.

The World Cup was one hell of an experience

It feels like years ago now but I will keep hold of it — my first World Cup, my first full competition for my country.

Welcome: George North has signed up as Sportsmail's Six Nations columnist

Welcome: George North has signed up as Sportsmail's Six Nations columnist

With Ireland approaching we’ve looked back and spoken about that quarter-final. It was probably our best performance but in some ways Samoa was more significant. It was must-win, we were getting smashed up by these massive Islanders and we still came away with the victory. The whole team grew in confidence after that.

I owe the supporters a thank you

Like all the players and the management, I really do want to thank the fans for their incredible support and for being so passionate while we were out there.

It doesn’t take a genius to work out there is pressure on us now after how well we performed and it did help probably being out of the picture for a little bit, just free to get our training done and get our prep in.

Personally, I try not to listen to any hype too much because it can get in the way of training.

Powering through: North is one of the most exciting in his position in the world

Powering through: North is one of the most exciting in his position in the world

The Poland training camps are as much a mental as physical battle

Early mornings, long days. The work was similar to our pre-World Cup training camps but we couldn’t do the same volume because it was a shorter turnaround.

It was so cold in Gdansk that nobody really wanted to be there but we know it is all for a good purpose so you just get on with it.

The day starts at 6am with ‘monitoring’, which is a weigh-in and your saliva and urine tests for hydration levels, then the first session in the gym starts an hour later. We did a fitness session on the beach — it was so cold there was snow on the sand. I couldn’t get my head around that.

Work ethic was always important to me because it had to be…

I believe it’s my work ethic that has got me here today. In Wales, there is a lot of competition to get a look-in and being from North Wales meant I didn’t get many chances.

The geography means all of the rugby is based in Newport, Llanelli, Swansea and Cardiff. It is better now but we hardly got any chance to play in South Wales so taking your chances was key. It’s something I’ve always believed in: if you work hard you’re rewarded.

They are moving Under 20 home Six Nations matches to North Wales now which will be a great thing.

…it was something I learned from my old man

Both my parents have had a massive impact on my life. My dad always said: ‘When you’ve got a chance, work until you’ve nothing left because you might not get another.’

I have an older brother and two older sisters who are the complete opposite to me. The joke in the family is that my brother got the brains and I got the brawn. He’s the A-class student and I’m the A-class lump.

I lost my wooden spoon at the World Cup

The youngest player in the squad has to carry a giant wooden spoon. In the last week I lost it. Ninety-two hours later — and about 12 room raids — I finally found it in Adam Jones’ room. It cost me three figures in fines and the boys wound me up. I wasn’t happy. It kept changing hands and I was always just behind it.

Get in shape: The Wales embarked on a challenging training camp in Poland, which included cryotherapy chambers

Get in shape: The Wales embarked on a challenging training camp in Poland, which included cryotherapy chambers

We don’t stay in camp all week

It varies depending on our schedule. We generally go home on Wednesday and Thursday but away games are different. I’ve never played in Dublin but it’s probably the closest game for my family because they still live in North Wales.

The boys have been telling me it’s a great stadium to play in and it will be two countries who love to play. They play physical and they play fast but they like to play rugby. It’s one of those you wish you could watch sometimes!

I’m a member of ‘the original wolf pack’…

…but I can’t tell you any more! It’s on my Twitter page and it’s between me and my team-mates. I’m not very good at gaming, but I like to get online and play with the boys – a bit of Call of Duty and a bit of FIFA. It’s supposed to be rest time but I’m sure some of the boys’ heart-rates should not go that high on a day off.

I want to play a bit of golf but I don’t have enough time off. I won’t mention my handicap because I haven’t played in so long but Rhys Priestland is a bit of a golfer.

Tribute: North has hailed the retired Shane Williams

Tribute: North has hailed the retired Shane Williams

I am wary of ‘second-season’ syndrome

It's something a lot of players go through and something I want to minimalize. There is going to be a lot of expectation and I’ve got to deal with it.

It’ll be OK as long as I don’t forget why I’m there – if you lose focus you lose out. Does that make sense or do I sound like a nut case

I’m not too bad on the superstitions

Compared to my team-mates, at least. I start off with my left sock, then my right sock, left boot, right boot, then I pull my socks up and tie my laces in the same order, left then right. That’s the one thing I have to do before I go on to the pitch.

Shane Williams is a great loss – for me and for Wales

Ask any Welsh wing at any level who is your favourite player and I guarantee you nine out of 10 will say ‘Shane Williams’. I learned so much from him, watching him, playing against him, playing with him, even talking to the guy.

But if he felt it was time to retire then I back him to the hilt. The boys are winding me up saying he’s the new agility guru coming in to teach us to side step.

Injuries are the nature of the beast

This run of bad luck has felt like a bit of a low blow but you can’t get away from playing rugby without getting injuries. It’s bound to happen and we’ve just got to manage them and work around them.

The quality we’ve got means those who come in can still do the same job. Every dog has its day. It all comes back to that lesson: if you have a chance, you take it.

George North is supporting RBS RugbyForce, the community rugby programme that is improving club facilities across the nation. To register your club for the RBS RugbyForce Weekend on June 2 and 3, visit: www.rbs.com/rugbyforce

Getting to know George North

I'm not a massive fan of books but I am reading 61 Hours by Lee Child which was given to me by a close friend Andy McCann. It's taking me ages to get through because I read a chapter and then fall asleep.

I don’t have any quirky pastimes but I have started collecting the key cards from hotels. It’s not like I have to, only if I remember.

I have a cat and a dog. The dog is called Bess and the cat is called Splodge – don’t ask, it’s a very long story.

Wolf pack: Despite being the youngest, North is a key member of the dressing room

Wolf pack: Despite being the youngest, North is a key member of the dressing room

I don’t really have a favourite holiday destination. I don’t really have enough time if I’m honest. Hopefully after the Six Nations I’ll get some rays on a beach and relax, or go home and see the family in sunny North Wales.

I watch a lot of DVDs and try to go to the cinema as much as I can. It’s a great way to chill out. I’m more into action and comedy – but I can’t stand horror movies.

When I was growing up I really played every sport I could. I didn’t play anything to a high level really, but I just couldn’t bear to be still for very long.

Nasser Hussain reads David Lloyd"s Daily Mail column

A bit of light reading, Nasser Our man reads Bumble's Sportsmail column in Dubai

Nasser Hussain was seen reading fellow Sportsmail columnist David Lloyd's latest instalment as England toiled in Dubai on Thursday.

What the former England captain made of Bumble's suggestion that the pair team up against Sir Ian Botham and Michael Vaughan for a round of golf is anybody's guess, but it looks as though they'll have plenty of time to squeeze in a few holes as England continue to struggle with the bat.

Read all about it: Nasser takes a break from Sky Sports commentary action to have a read of Bumbles column for Sportsmail

Read all about it: Nasser takes a break from Sky Sports commentary action to have a read of Bumbles column for Sportsmail

Click here to read Nasser Hussain's latest columnClick here to read David Lloyd's latest column

The pair are covering the Test series against Pakistan for Sky Sports alongside their daily Sportsmail columns.

I want your hot body tonight! Top commentator red-faced after saucy tweet to his wife is sent to hundreds of horse-racing fans

Racing commentator red-faced after saucy message is sent to hundreds of fans

They had signed up to follow the Twitter feed to get horse racing updates.

But followers of TV commentator Simon Holt ended up with racy updates after a saucy personal message was accidentally sent to hundreds of followers.

The tweet: ‘Oh and by the way, I want your hot body tonight babe. xxxxx,’ was posted on the Channel 4 horseracing expert's public timeline under the user name @PlumptonRaceDay.

Sent at 5.18pm on Tuesday, the message was accidentally sent to hundreds of followers but soon went global as it was retweeted hundreds of times.

Saucy: The Tweet sent the day after the race meeting at Plumpton

Saucy: The Tweet sent the day after the race meeting at Plumpton

It prompted another message at 5.43pm from Holt's account that said: ‘The previous message was sent in error! Please ignore …… unless you are Cameron Diaz or my wife.” But the racecourse yesterday (weds) revealed that the tweets on @PlumptonRaceDay are ghost-written for Holt by local newspaper racing columnist Jason Hall.

The message was sent from an account usually updated by Simon Holt

The message was sent from an account usually updated by Simon Holt

Jason, 44, said he was embarrassed that his X-rated tweet, which was intended as a private joke to his wife Nicola, had gone viral.

But he is glad everyone saw the funny side and the @PlumptonRaceDay account had subsequently seen its number of followers soar by about 100 to 335 within hours as a result.

Jason, who writes for the Sussex Express newspaper and the racecourse's website, said: ‘I sent a text to my wife asking if she could get some milk and bread from the shop on her way home.

‘She replied, “Sure”, and I tried to send another text as a joke that said I wanted her hot body as well and pressed 'send'.

‘Unfortunately, I sent it to the wrong thread and it went out publicly on Twitter.

‘It was a bit of humour and the upside is that the Twitter account has had a load more followers because of it, although I'm still waiting for an email from Cameron Diaz.’

Channel 4's Simon Holt, who regularly commentates for the crowd at Plumpton racecourse, was actually off on Tuesday, but Jason continued to ghost-twitter as usual.

He added: “I've tried to get in touch with Simon to warn him that there might be some reaction, albeit amused reaction, to all this but I believe he's on holiday.

‘But I'm sure he'll find it funny, if a little embarrassing. Fortunately everyone has seen the funny side.’

Kumbeshwar clears the last to win the 1.15 at Plumpton. Twitter users had been following updates from the day's racing

Kumbeshwar clears the last to win the 1.15 at Plumpton. Twitter users had been following updates from the day's racing

Plumpton Racecourse spokeswoman Claire Sheppard said: “The race day Twitter account is managed by Jason Hall.

‘He ghost-writes it on behalf of Simon Holt who commentates at the course and whose opinions are tweeted by Jason.

‘This tweet was put on Twitter mistakenly and it was a joke.

‘It has caused much amusement here but goes to show what can happen on Twitter if you're not careful.’

One racing fan, David Cleary (@Dpcleary), tweeted shortly after the saucy message appeared: ‘I think @SimonHolt3 should have a close look at what @plumptonraceday is sending out in his name while he is on holiday. Shocking.’

Another, John Powell (@EPDS-Racing), tweeted: ‘Hmm, speculation grows as to intended recipient of @plumptonraceday's mysterious tweet. Even money it was @RichardHoiles! ;)’

Hoiles, who had tweeted from the account on Monday, replied to him: ‘Sorry missed all this’

Holt, who has been Channel 4's top racing commentator for 12 years, was unavailable for comment. The saucy tweet was deleted on Wednesday.