Ending months of speculation as to who was going to replace Claire Balding for Channel 4’s coverage of the Grand National 2015, the broadcasters have announced today that it will be Nick Luck who gets the job.
There was plenty of debate on the run up to the decision with various famous names in the celebrity and horse racing world being touted as potential hosts. Jeremy Kyle, Gok Wan and Frankie Detorri were some of the names in the hat, not all of whom received the most positive feedback from the general public.
Nick Luck, who regularly presents Channel 4 racing, will still be joined by a few well known faces and although they don’t get the main job, fashion expert Gok Wan and racing legend Frankie Dettori will join him throughout the festival.
For many racing fans Nick Luck will be a familiar face but for those who prefer the annual renewal of the Grand National, he is an English racing broadcaster who currently presents Channel 4 Racing and The Morning Line on Channel 4.
Part of the original Racing Channel team, he appeared on Racing UK at its launch in 2004 and was a presenter on its inaugural broadcast. He has hosted all major events for the channel including the Derby, Grand National and Cheltenham Festival.
Luck has received the Horserace Writers’ & Photographers’ Association Broadcaster of the Year award three times and is a regular contributor to the Evening Standard, Sunday Telegraph and Horse & Hound magazine.
The Grand National has been hosted by Claire Balding for many years but the need for a new presenter came about when she opted to anchor the BBC’s coverage of the Boat Race and Women’s Boat Race on the same day as Aintree.
And while the coverage of last year’s Grand National received critical acclaim and won a prestigious broadcast industry award, it has been somewhat over shadowed by falling ratings at the sport’s biggest meetings since it acquired the event from the BBC in a four-year deal that is due to end 2016.
The good news is that yesterday it was described by Jockey Club chief executive Simon Bazalgette as “in pole position” to retain its grip on the sport from 2017.
The Crabbies Grand National 2015 takes place at Aintree on Saturday April 11th. There are currently 87 horses still left in contention which you can view here.