Horse Racing/Equestrian

Brough Scott MBE

Brough Scott MBE

Brough is one of the best known figures in racing and sport. He had an incredible riding career, racing over 100 winners including the Imperial Cup and Mandarin Chase. A graduate of both Oxford University and of 100 winners as an amateur and professional jockey he then for 30 years presented all the major races here and overseas as anchorman for first ITV and then Channel 4 Racing, heading up the team which won the team’s first BAFTA award for its coverage of the 1998 Epsom Derby. He has fronted many other programmes and documentaries including Thames Sport, C4’s Books By My Bedside and BBC2’s Cobbett’s Rides. He joined ITV in 1971, and was regularly seen and heard on The ITV Seven and later Channel 4 Racing. He also briefly presented football coverage for Channel 5. As a journalist for Continue Reading »

Clare Balding OBE

Clare Balding OBE

Clare is a BBC sports presenter, journalist and jockey, best known for presenting the BBC’s horse racing and rugby coverage. Her presenting style is characterized by her passion for sport. She has reported from five Olympic Games, for BBC Radio in Atlanta and for BBC Television in Sydney, Athens, Beijing and London. She has presented two Paralympic Games, the Winter Olympics from Turin and Vancouver as well as the Commonwealth Games from Melbourne and Delhi. She is the face of the BBC’s rugby league coverage, having presented Grandstand from a Rugby League Challenge Cup semi-final, and having been so impressed by the vibrancy and physical challenge of the sport she asked to cover further rugby league events. She was educated at Downe House in Berkshire, where she was Head Girl and a contemporary of comedienne Miranda Hart. While at university she was President of the Cambridge Union Society in Easter 1992 and graduated in 1993 with a 2:1 honours degree. Clare Balding Continue Reading »

Ed Chamberlin

Ed Chamberlin

Ed first appeared on Sky Sports in 1999 as the resident bookie stats expert alongside Matthew Lorenzo and Kirsty Gallagher every Friday night on the Sports Centre. From there Ed went on to co-host the betting show The Full SP with Jeff Stelling before joining the Sky Sports News team on a full-time basis. He joined Sky Sports in August 2000 and is now considered one of their elite presenters. Ed regularly presents in the summer when Gillette Soccer Saturday is replaced with Sports Saturday. He also hosts the midweek Soccer Special, and he presented coverage of the UEFA Champions League and the World Cup draws. He has also presented rugby union and athletics on Sky Sports as well as shows like Football First and Goals on Sunday. At the beginning of 2011, Ed took on a role as one Continue Reading »

Gabby Logan

Gabby Logan

Gabby played netball for the school and at university, competed at high jump, but the peak of her sporting career was when she gained eighth place in rhythmic gymnastics representing Wales at the 1990 Commonwealth Games in Auckland. After university she presented on Metro Radio in Newcastle, from where she was offered a job as a presenter on Sky Sports in 1996, working there until 1998, when she began working at ITV. And it was at ITV when Logan’s career really came to notice when she fronted the football program On the Ball. Gabby went onto present ITV’s UEFA Champions League football coverage, including the 2005 and 2006 finals, and she has also presented other programmes including ITV’s 2005 Super Bowl coverage. She writes regularly for The Times newspaper, and has also done a photo shoot for men’s magazine GQ. Continue Reading »

John Francome MBE

John Francome MBE

John is a former National Hunt Champion Jockey, the title bestowed on the jockey who has ridden the most winning horses during a racing season. His career started fairly unusually for a jockey, his first successes on horseback were as a showjumper. Yet even winning the European Championship with the Great Britain team At sixteen years old he became apprentice to Lambourn trainer Fred Winter and so began his career as a jockey. He rode a total of 1,138 winners, his last being in April 1985. During the course of his career he was NH Champion Jockey seven times. After retiring Francome was awarded the MBE in 1986 for services to racing. He was a trainer for 18 months before becoming a TV presenter for Channel 4’s horse racing broadcasts. Francome has taken to writing works of fiction. His books have featured on the bestseller lists. His Continue Reading »

John Inverdale

John Inverdale

John is one of Britain’s foremost sports presenters. As well as his principal role as BBC’s face of rugby, he has covered almost all the major sporting events for television and radio. He was educated at Clifton College, Southampton University and UWIC and began his career as a reporter on the Lincolnshire Echo before moving to BBC Radio Lincolnshire in 1982. His first job with network radio was in 1986 as a sports reporter for BBC Radio 2 and a news reporter for Radio 4 on ‘Today.’ In 1988 he became presenter of ‘Sport on 2’ which he hosted for six years until the advent of Radio 5 Live when he moved to a daily news programme. His illustrious television career began with BSB in 1990 as presenter of rugby and football, and on the BBC he fronted ‘Rugby Special’ Continue Reading »

John Motson OBE

John Motson OBE

John, fondly known as “Motty” began his career in the newspaper business as a reporter on the Barnet Press and the Sheffield Morning Telegraph, where he first covered football. It began to take off when the BBC hired him in 1968 as a sports presenter on Radio 2. Three years later, he replaced Kenneth Wolstenholme at Match of the Day. Since 1979 Motson has commentated on all the major championships: World Cups, FA Cups, and European Championships. Most recently, he was commentator for the 2008 European Championships Final. He was commentating on the FA Cup Semi-final of 1989 between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest when the Hillsborough Disaster occurred. Motson has been the dominant football commentary figure at the BBC since the late 1970s. His first FA Cup Final as commentator was 1977 in the match between Manchester United and Liverpool. Continue Reading »

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Nick Skelton OBE

No other rider has won so many major competitions, on so many different horses, as Nick Skelton. The world-renowned show jumping rider has won thousands of classes and hundreds of Grand Prix events and was part of the British Show Jumping Team that won the Gold Medal at the London 2012 Olympics.   Early Career Nick Skelton began riding aged 18 months when he got his first pony–a Welsh Mountain, called Oxo, who was born in the same year as Skelton and lived to be 39. Nick rode in pony classes with little tuition before taking his pony to Ted and Liz Edgar for help when he was 14. Achievements Nick holds the British equestrian high jump record, when he jumped over 7’7” on Lastic in London back in 1978, and has competed at six Olympic Games, most recently in Continue Reading »

Sarah-Jane Mee

Sarah-Jane Mee

Sarah-Jane moved from Sky Sports News to join the ITV’s sports team in October 2002 where she presented the sport on Central News West and also the main news programme. She also anchored the pan-regional programme, Soccer Monday. As a presenter with ITV Central, she became the face of sport for ITV in the Midlands. As well as presenting on the six o’clock news programme Central Tonight most evenings as Main and Sports Presenter, she was the main presenter of ITV Central’s popular weekly Central Soccer Night show. She co-hosted the ITV1 Central and London football programme Hancock’s Half-Time, along with Nick Hancock. The show was later given its original name of Central Soccer Night after Hancock departed, and Mee hosted the show into 2007, along with former striker Stan Collymore. Her radio career began in 2006, when she stood Continue Reading »

Willie Carson OBE

Willie Carson OBE

Willie is possible Britain’s most well-known jockeys, as well as being one of its great characters. He is probably most remembered for his association with Nashwan and Dayjur–two completely contrasting racehorses. Willie’s riding performance to hustle Dayjur to the lead from an outside draw in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint was impressive. Willie was born in Stirling, Scotland and is best known for his determined and energetic riding style, he is a 5 times British Champion Jockey and has won 17 British Classic Races. He is also a well-known television personality, appearing in A Question of Sport from 1982 to 1983, and as co-presenter with Claire Balding on the BBC’s horse racing coverage. As well as his 5 British Champion Jockey titles (1972, 1973, 1978, 1980 and 1983), Carson has also passed 100 winners in a season 23 times for a total Continue Reading »