Interview: LEE MOTTERSHEAD Lee Mottershead joined the Racing Post 22 years ago. Since then he has risen to being acknowledged as one of the UK’s top horse racing writers. In this series of highly candid interview he talks about his early life, career, highlights and strong opinions in the game.
LEE MOTTERSHEAD (part 1 of 4)
In part 1 Lee talks about his public ‘spat’ with jockey Ryan Moore, his early days getting involved with horse racing and how he bagged a job with the Racing Post, the publication he’s now worked for over two decades. He also explains why, as a journalist, he doesn’t mind upsetting people when he thinks there’s something that needs addressing. He talks broadcasting and ghost writing and reveals who had the best head of hair on Dallas!
LEE MOTTERSHEAD (part 2 of 4)
In part two Lee Mottershead of the Racing Post talks about the interview process and what he likes about it. He elaborates with memories of his favourite interviews including with Gai Waterhouse, Jamie Spencer and David Elsworth. He talks his best moment in racing and the moment he’d like to have covered and a story that will quite possibly get you welling up. Plus topics on the popularity of horse racing as part of the entertainment industry.
LEE MOTTERSHEAD (part 3 of 4)
Lee talks about diversity in racing and being a gay man in the sport and his role in trying to promote diversity within. He also talks about concern about some states that promote themselves through the sponsorship of racing. He also talks the good and bad of social media and the passion of journalists that write for the Racing Post.
LEE MOTTERSHEAD (part 4 of 4)
In the fourth and final part, Lee talks riding racehorses and being accused of stopping one. Going to the theatre and his love of Strictly Come Dancing, doing a ‘Steve Starkey’ and betting on it. He talks about the future of print media and gives advice for anyone who is just starting out and considering a career in horserace writing.
Simon Nott is author of:
Skint Mob! Tales from the Betting Ring