Broadcasting and Journalism
He is widely regarded as the leading expert on All-Weather racing, spearheading the coverage of the annual All-Weather Championships on At The Races and on the channel’s number one racing web site attheraces.com.
Simon’s first break in television came as a regular pundit on the ground-breaking Racing
Channel in the Nineties. Then, in 2002, he became a presenter on the original
Attheraces, and made appearances on Channel 4 Racing and The Morning Line,
as well as presenting Channel 4’s Lunchtime Trifecta programme.
Simon has written books on All-Weather racing, including the highly acclaimed All-Weather Guide in association with bookmakers Coral in 2014. He also appears as a studio expert on Betfred TV and occasionally gives his views on Alan Brazil’s Sports Breakfast on TalkSPORT.
He was the All-Weather columnist for the weekly newspaper Raceform Update from 1994 until its closure in 2010 and was also a key presenter on the ground-breaking internet radio station William Hill Radio from 2007 to 2012. He has also written form analysis for the Racing Post Spotlight team, Raceform on Saturday and Teletext.
He was race day presenter at Nottingham Racecourse from 1998-2006 and for Go Racing In Yorkshire from 2007 to 2014, working alongside the now retired face of Yorkshire racing, Graham Orange.
Before immersing himself in the world of horse racing, Simon was sports editor at the Mansfield Chronicle Advertiser and wrote for the Nottingham Evening Post. As a football broadcaster he was a member of the BBC Radio Nottingham sports team that won a Sony Radio Award. The station’s Mansfield Town correspondent, Simon made around 650 live broadcasts, and also reported on Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club.
Simon has enjoyed considerable success as a racehorse owner and syndicate
manager. Despite working with limited budgets, his natural eye for a horse has
enabled him to find and manage the winners of 40 races on the Flat and All-
His biggest achievement as an owner so far was the victory of filly Coconut
Squeak in the Listed EBF Boadicea Stakes at the Champions’ Meeting at
Newmarket in 2005. Trained by Stef Liddiard, she was bought for only 12,000
Guineas at Doncaster Sales after winning a claimer as a two-year-old.
Other notable performers in Simon’s familiar orange and purple checked silks
include Tyzack, who was recruited to notch up five consecutive handicap victories after a
spell as a lady’s hack, and Treason Trial, who won two consecutive runnings of
York’s traditional end-of-season stayers’ handicap in 2004 and 2005.
Sprinters have provided Simon with the majority of his winners, but it was the
flying filly Wibbadune who became his winning-most buy when she rattled up
six wins in less than a year in 2007/8 – three on turf and three on sand.
Another speedy filly, Lady Protector, also won three times and was third in a
valuable handicap at Glorious Goodwood for trainer John Balding – not bad for a
cast off who cost just 3,400 guineas at the Newmarket Sales.
Namir’s three victories – two of them at Pontefract – all came on turf, while
Mind Alert proved to be a remarkably consistent All-Weather handicapper,
winning on the Polytrack at Lingfield and twice on the Fibresand at Southwell for
Simon’s first winner was filly Charm Offensive at his local track, Southwell, in
2003. Trained by his Sherwood Forest neighbour Roy Bowring, Simon bought
her for only 2,500 guineas at Tattersalls Sales in Newmarket,.
Qualified to train racehorses, Simon is an accomplished horseman and competed in showjumping and eventing on his own horses for many years.