Singapore: As a stable groom he looked after the legendary British jumper Kauto Star – then Nicholas Child switched to broadcasting, going to Singapore to become the ‘Voice of Kranji’, first as a TV presenter then as a commentator.
Now, Londoner Child, 34, is going to Hong Kong to become part of the team covering Sha Tin and Happy Valley.
“Everybody wants to go to Hong Kong, and I’m so honoured I was given such a fantastic opportunity to work there,” said Child, who has operated in Singapore since 2016. “It was still a tough decision to make as I was really enjoying working here at Kranji.”
Child led up Kauto Star between 2008 and 2011 when the jumping great landed his second Gold Cup in 2009 and two King George VI Chases before being drawn to a career in media.
He gained experience in Britain, Ireland, India, Mauritius and Malaysia before taking a full-time role in Singapore. In Hong Kong he will share the race calling duties with Tom Wood, who he worked with at Kranji, and Mark McNamara, as well as presenting with Andrew Le Jeune and Jenny Chapman.
“Race calling won’t be my main role for a start as Tom and Mark are already there,” he said. “So I’m quite happy to work with Andrew and Jenny presenting at the parade ring and doing TV interviews in my broadcaster/producer capacity, and take it from there.
“If one day I get to perform the whole gamut of broadcasting duties, that’d be great, but I’m already just honoured and privileged to get a chance to work with such a great team.”
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