Clare Balding

Clare Balding - photoClare Balding began her career as an amateur flat jockey, becoming Champion Lady Rider. The transition from competing to presenting began with her television debut at Royal Ascot.

Clare is now an established name in BBC sport, winning several awards for her broadcasting work covering everything from Wimbledon to rugby league. Whilst racing remains her first love, it was arguably her role presenting coverage of the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics that propelled her to national treasure status.

Continuing to cover as wide a range of sports as possible, Clare is now a regular on the new BT Sports channel as well as anchoring Channel 4 Racing. Away from sport Clare fronts everything from Countryfile to Crufts to Radio 4’s Rambling. Other credits include appearances on Have I Got News For You, A Question of Sport and Countdown. She has also written regular columns for the Observer and Sunday Telegraph, as well as the Racing Post.

After dinner Clare speaks with a wonderfully dry wit about life in the saddle, run-ins with royalty, the dog eats dog world of Crufts and the perils of live television.