Clare Balding joins Epsom board

Clare Balding, one of the UK's most prominent broadcasters, has been appointed by The Jockey Club as a racecourse committee director at its Epsom Downs Racecourse.

Clare Balding pictured at Epsom with racecourse chairman Julia Budd and general manager Simon Durrant.

Former amateur jockey Balding has presented terrestrial horseracing coverage for both Channel 4 and the BBC, and was awarded an OBE for her services to broadcasting and journalism in 2013, as well as a BAFTA for her coverage of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. She also hosts a weekly BBC Radio 2 show and is a bestselling author.

She joins a committee whose chairman is Julia Budd, who succeeded Anthony Cane after this year's Investec Derby Festival.

Balding takes up her new non-executive role at Epsom Downs Racecourse with immediate effect. The racecourse's 2017 fixture list starts as usual with the Investec Spring Meeting, featuring the Derby Trial, on 26 April 2017.

Balding said: "Mill Reef won the Derby in the year I was born and because of that, I have always felt a close affinity with Epsom. Having reported for 5 Live and presented for both the BBC and Channel 4, my involvement with the media coverage of the Investec Derby Festival goes back 20 years and I'm thrilled to now have the chance to work with the Epsom team in a different capacity.

"I can't wait to help the team in any way possible, especially with the most famous Flat race in the world as it's hugely important to the whole sport and also to the international profile of British racing."

Budd said: "We are really delighted that Clare is joining us at Epsom Downs. She will bring a wealth of racing knowledge, passion and insight to the committee. I am sure she will prove a tremendous asset to Jockey Club Racecourses generally and Clare's new role will allow her to continue to contribute to the sport she loves."

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