Matt Chapman joins ITV team

ITV has announced Matt Chapman as the channel's betting reporter and presenter for its racing coverage.

Matt Chapman has joined the ITV racing team

A statement from the channel said Chapman, best known as a presenter on At The Races and winner of the HWPA Broadcaster of the Year Award in 2010, will "provide colourful insight and guidance on all betting stories across the racing season on both the ITV main channel and ITV4".

Chapman is excited to take up the new role when ITV replaces Channel 4 as racing's terrestrial television broadcaster in January.

He said: "I'm very fortunate to be part of an ITV team that loves sport and loves racing, which has captivated me since a very young age.

"This role provides me with a terrific opportunity to mix the serious world of punting with the fun of a great sport.

"The ring at a racetrack is often the thumping heartbeat of any course.

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"The betting area brings movement and colour and can often predict the outcome of a race.

"Mix that with the many characters racing incorporates and you have a cocktail that I hope viewers will embrace."

ITV director of sport Niall Sloane added: "Matt is steeped in the racing world, hugely experienced and knowledgeable and will bring his unique voice and character to our coverage, offering viewers a lively guide to each day's betting prospects."

Chapman confirmed on Twitter he would also continue his association with At The Races.

He said: "OMG. It's done. @ITVSport here I come. Pumped. Yeeehaaa!

"Totally overwhelmed by the support for @ITVSport. Thank you all so much. Although you are breaking my phone! Yeeehaaa!

"The terrific news – at least for me! – is @ITVSport have no issue with me continuing with the fab @AtTheRaces. ATR has made me."

The channel announced earlier this year that former Sky Sports presenter Ed Chamberlin will be the new host, while Francesca Cumani will co-present during the Flat season.

Mick Fitzgerald is also set to feature, his agent confirmed to Press Association Sport in August, while Hayley Turner, Oli Bell, Sally Ann Grassick and Rishi Persad are other names in the frame when the new era begins next year.

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