Nicholas Child.

IRC Q & A: Nicholas Child

For Hong Kong’s popular race caller Nick Child job-hopping and country-hopping have been a big part of his journey, but never outside the realms of horse racing, an industry he clearly lives and breathes.

After being bitten early by the racing bug through his late grandfather while growing up in Holloway, a London suburb, Child first cut his teeth as the groom to two-time Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Kauto Star, trained by champion jumps trainer Paul Nicholls, from 2008 to 2011.

He was regularly featured on YouTube and in the press which was when he probably got his first foretaste of media, and which would ultimately see him jump on the other side of the camera after the champion chaser was retired.


He dabbled in TV presenting jobs around local racecourses while juggling his time as an amateur rider in around 15 point-to-point races over both flat and hurdles, earning a few placings. The tall Briton soon realised Mother Nature was telling him his call lay elsewhere – race calling.

Besides Singapore and Malaysia, and soon Hong Kong, Child has now spoken into a microphone perched atop grandstands in England, Ireland, Wales, Hyderabad and Mauritius.

“Everybody wants to go to Hong Kong, and I’m so honoured I was given such a fantastic opportunity to work here,” said Child, who was very popular as ‘The Voice Of Singapore Racing’ before he took up his current position. “It was still a tough decision to make as I was really enjoying working at Kranji.”

“I can honestly say that nothing beats the buzz of calling races and providing the everlasting soundtrack to a horse race.” (tdn.com.au; nicholaschild.com).

Here is our Q&A with Nick Child, courtesy of GARETH PEPPER.

1. Full name? Nicholas Child

2. Date of Birth? March 17th 

3.Steak or sushi? Steak 

4. Superstitions? Always salute magpies 

5. Fav Holiday Destination? Jersey (Channel Islands) 

6. Which: BMW or Merc? BMW

7. Who inspires you the most? My Girlfriend Naomi 

8. Big night out or quiet night in? Quiet night in (Getting old!) 

9. Left-handed or right-handed? Left handed 

10. Simon Holt, Matt Hill or Alistair Cohen? Simon Holt – Great guy and brilliant caller 

11. What annoys you the most? People who walk slowly 

12. Binoculars or TV screen? Definitely Binoculars 

13. Funniest person you have ever met? Gareth Pepper 

14. Epsom Derby Day or HK International races? Epsom Derby 

15. Strict whip rules or no whip at all? Hard one…. Definitely need rules in place. Strict. 

16. What is your biggest phobia? Snakes 

17. Most embarrassing moment? Trousers split at the races (likely hardly anyone saw!) 

18. If you could choose: Studio presenting, race calling or auctioneering?

Race calling 

19. Best track to call? Kranji is very good 

20. Biggest ambition? To call part of the Grand National 

21. Proudest Achievement? Winning the 2009 Cheltenham Gold Cup with Kauto Star (as a handler).

22. Economy or business class? I actually don’t mind economy to be honest but Business class is better! 

23. Most promising young jockey in Hong Kong? Luke Ferraris is going well, which is great to see. 

24. Best horse ever called in a race? Debt Collector was very special. 

25. Golf handicap? Don’t play. 

26. Your star sign? Pisces 

27. Bath or shower? Bath. 

28. Read or Netflix? Netflix. 

29. Would you rather ask for permission or ask for forgiveness? Ask for permission. 

30. Nominate someone for our Q&A next? Sam Buck (racing fanatic and all round great bloke!) 

Nominate two horses to follow for the rest of this season.  

Lucky Sweyness and Campione (HK)

Chosen charity for readers to donate to:

 The Injured Jockeys Fund UK   – IRC.

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