#BettingPeople: RISHI PERSAD

Interview: RISHI PERSAD Rishi grew up in a family of Indian origin in Trinidad. In this series of three interviews he talks fondly of his life in the Caribbean and his first sporting loves Cricket and Horse Racing. After senior schooling in the UK he embarked on an extensive career in broadcasting with has included At The Races, Channel 4 Racing, ITV Racing, BBC and ITV covering sports from lawn bowls to the Olympic Games and Ryder Cup. Meeting Rishi Persad,


RISHI PERSAD (part 1 of 3)

In part one multi-channel broadcaster Rishi Persad talks about his relationship with John McEnroe. He talks about growing up in Trinidad, his love of sport describing cricket and racing in the Caribbean, racing at Santa Rosa, Union Park and the Queen’s Park Savanna and its demise. He describes how his family with Indian roots rose from cane farm labouring to practising law in two generations.


RISHI PERSAD (part 2 of 3)

In part two Rishi talks about the start of his broadcasting career and describes how he fit in with the ‘White British’ demographic of the UK horse racing industry and ‘know your place’ moments. His career with AtTheRaces, Channel 4, BBC, working at the Olympic games in China, Brazil, London, especially the wonderful atmosphere at the latter. He also points out that bowls gets almost identical viewing figures to horse racing when broadcast live. Also talks about the cricket World Cup and his sadness of Brian Lara retiring…. oh and being present during the ‘Miracle of Medina’.


RISHI PERSAD (part 3 of 3)

In the final part of our interview Rishi talks about having to cover so many sports with authority. Back on home turf he talks about the Breeders’ Cup and racing in Dubai and losing a job to Nick Luck. He talks about his ride in the St Patrick’s Derby at Cheltenham in 2014 and how he enjoyed it, despite ‘nearly falling off’. He tells us his favourite sporting event that he’d forsake all others for, should he have to make the choice. To finish up, he tells us his personal opinion on the whip and the Kempton Park issue.