Racing UK


Oli Bell Oli Bell
 Oli has recently returned from a two year stint in Sydney where he fronted the International racing coverage on Sky Australia. He started his media career in radio covering a variety of racing and sporting events and moved into television with Racing UK  in 2006. He is now back with the channel as one of the main presenters, both in the studio and on-course.

Claude Charlet Presenter ThumbnailClaude Charlet
French-born, Claude has been involved in racing since leaving school first as an amateur rider and then as a racehorse trainer. He nominates training spells in Macau and Singapore as highlights of his career. Now Claude works as a bloodstock agent for French jumpers, and has featured on Racing UK since its launch in 2004.


Graham Cunningham Presenter ThumbnailGraham Cunningham
Graham has been absorbed by racing since the days when he hopped over the wall of his high school to watch the last few races of the day at nearby Haydock Park. After graduating in Law, he spent almost a decade with Timeform before joining the Sporting Life, the Racing Post, the Evening Standard and has been a regular analyst on Racing UK since its inception.


Chris Dixon Presenter ThumbnailChris Dixon
Hooked on racing from an early age, Chris joined the Press Association just a few days after graduating from university before working as a broadcaster, producer and on-course reporter for Coral. His life is dominated by watching racing and studying form and his race previews have appeared in national newspapers such as the Observer, Independent and Daily Express as well as the weekly Racing Plus. Also an avid football fan, the only thing he has loved longer than racing is Hull City. Chris first appeared on Racing UK in 2009.

Eddie Freemantle Presenter ThumbnailEddie Fremantle
Eddie Fremantle was formerly racing correspondent of The Observer, having previously been employed by the Racing & Football Outlook and The Sporting Life in the distant past. Before that, and in between, he spent his life as a full-time on-course punter and can still be seen backing horses at the track most days. Once he would rarely entertain having a bet in a Flat race but these days he confines his National Hunt betting to a small period in the winter and early spring. He likes nothing better than a juicy, low-grade sprint handicap as the medium for a punt. His nickname 'The Shoe' came simply because he has big feet.

Niall_Hannity Niall Hannity
Horseracing has been Niall’s passion for as long as he can remember. After growing
 up in Northern Ireland and riding numerous pony race winners, he travelled over to
 England to turn conditional jockey at the age of 17. Based in Middleham with George
 Moore, weight problems forced him to retire from the saddle in 2005 after riding ‘nigh
 on 100 winners’ including successes at Cheltenham and Aintree. Niall first made an appearance on
 the channel in June 2010 as a pundit and quickly moved on to presenting the show. Despite being
 based in the north of England he can often be seen in the studio, Goodwood or wherever required!


Lydia Hislop Presenter ThumbnailLydia Hislop
Lydia Hislop has worked as a racing journalist since 1996. She has been a long-standing columnist for the Times and Evening Standard, also working as racing correspondent for the latter paper for five years. She has contributed to the Guardian, Independent, Racing Post and Sporting Life. Her broadcasting career encompasses the BBC, Channel 4 and the former racing channel. She has worked for Racing UK since its launch. Her obsession for the sport is inoperable.


Richard Hoiles Preseneter ThumbnailRichard Hoiles
Richard has been a racecourse Commentator since 1992 including a two-year stint for the Hong Kong Jockey Club. He presented the first programme on the original Racing Channel and has worked on every version of satellite racing channels since including currently Racing UK. Richard also works for Channel 4. He is married with a son Jack. Favourite ever racehorse : Pegwell Bay.


Mark Howard Presenter ThumbnailMark Howard
Mark has appeared as a pundit on Racing UK since its inception in May 2004 having previously worked for the original racing channel. He has written the annual racing guides One Jump Ahead and Ahead On The Flat since 1993 and 1997 respectively. He has also contributed to the Sports Advisor, the Racing Post Weekender, Irish Field and currently writes for Racing & Football Outlook as well as running his own business MH Publications Ltd and writing trainer Tom Tate's website.

Mark Johnson Presenter ThumbnailMark Johnson
Mark is one of Britain's senior racecourse commentators, having called most of the country's big races including the Epsom Derby five times, 11 St Legers, the Cheltenham Festival most years since 1996 and the Grand National. Early in 2009 he was appointed Track Announcer at Churchill Downs and in May made commentating history by becoming the first non-American to call "America's Race" - the Kentucky Derby. Mark reports from America during the Racing UK coverage of the Breeders' Cup and the American Triple Crown Series. Closer to home, Mark is also regularly seen presenting our live French racing coverage.

Nick Luck Presenter ThumbnailNick Luck
Nick joined Racing UK at its launch in May 2004 after 18 months as part of the original racing channel team, and was a presenter on its inaugural broadcast. He has hosted all major events for the channel, including the Derby, the Grand National and the Cheltenham Festival. In addition, Nick is a presenter for Channel 4 Racing and is part of ESPN/ABC's Breeders' Cup team. He has been a regular contributor to the Evening Standard and the Sunday Telegraph, and is the three-time HWPA Broadcaster of the Year.

Stewart Machin Presenter ThumbnailStewart Machin
Born in 1970, Stewart began his career in horseracing in 1998 as a commentator for SIS. He worked for The Racing Channel and Racing UK since its launch in 2004 as both a presenter and commentator. Stewart has also been part of the Channel 4 Racing team since 2004.


Angus McNae Presenter ThumbnailAngus McNae
Angus has been a presenter for Racing UK since its inception and gained his broadcasting experience with the old racing channel. His experience training racehorses and breaking in yearlings has proved to be a valuable tool in his broadcasting armoury. He has developed a particular interest in the Dubai International Racing Carnival and has presented coverage of that event for the last two years. He has also been involved in the coverage of the American Triple Crown and Breeders Cup.

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Steve Mellish Presenter ThumbnailSteve Mellish
First and foremost Steve is a punter but for the last 18 years has worked part-time in the racing industry. He provides paddock comments for Raceform (the official form book), writes a weekly column for the Racing & Football Outlook. He also carries out some radio work and, since 2004, has appeared regularly on Racing UK.


Paul Morrison Presenter ThumbnailPaul Morrison
Paul has always been involved in racing since leaving school riding in points and as a amateur on the flat before going on to be assistant trainer to Patrick Haslam and JW Watts. He has worked as a pundit for Racing UK since its launch. For the last 30 years he has also been involved in the bloodstock industry buying and selling racehorses, the best of them including Princess Athena, Hawksley Hill, Arcalis and Winker Watson. Paul also runs East Layton Stud.


Peter Naughton Presenter ThumbnailPeter Naughton
Peter has been a regular presenter on Racing UK since the channel launched in May 2004.He made his Channel Four debut in August 2003 when co-presenting The Morning Line. His initial broadcasting experience was gained with The Racing Channel. Peter, also known as The Ethical Tipster, writes a weekly column in Raceform Update and his FREE NOTEBOOK can be read daily at His success in the record-breaking £5 million Scoop6 in November 2008 was covered across all national media.


Jonathan Neeasom Presenter ThumbnailJonathan Neesom
Jonathan has been a member of the Racing UK team almost since its inception in 2004. He also compiles in-running comments for the Racing Post at most of the South East tracks and also contributes to the Spotlights in the paper. Most of all, he enjoys standing in a field in some remote corner of the country watching and reporting on point-to-points. He tries to take an interest in Flat racing but usually fails. In his spare time, he attempts not to be led astray by colleague Eddie Fremantle, who is a very bad influence.

Rishi Persad Presenter ThumbnailRishi Persad
Rishi boasts a wealth of broadcasting talent, starting out on satellite TV before joining Channel 4 Racing and then BBC Sport. He joined the BBC in April 2003 as a presenter and reporter working primarily on cricket and horse racing. He has also covered the Athens Olympics, London Marathon, Wimbledon, the Open Golf Championship and coverage of Bowls and the London 2012 Olympics. He joins Racing UK for the 2010 Cheltenham Festival, and viewers can expect to see a lot more of him over the coming months on the channel.


Alex Steedman Presenter ThumbnailAlex Steedman
Edinburgh born Alex has been a part of the Racing UK team from its inception and is a regular presenter on the Scottish circuit. Having taken the traditional route from local radio and press, Alex has been broadcasting for 10 years as a presenter and commentator on Sky, Setanta and Eurosport as well as on radio. A football commentator and cursing golfer, 'Steedo' is not often far away from a good night out.


Gordon Brown
Gordon’s first racecourse experiences came at now-defunct Lanark and his career in racing began as a race reader with Raceform. He was an original member of The Racing Channel team and also spent several years as a full-time freelance with the Racing Post. During a five-year spell as ‘Garry Owen’ for the Daily Record he won the Racing Post jumps naps table with a profit of nearly £80. He is racecourse presenter at Carlisle, a fair weather golfer and Motherwell FC supporter, although be boasts an impressive collection of FA Cup Final programmes dating back to just after the war.


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