TV's Clare Balding visits Primary

TV presenter Clare Balding OBE popped into Kingarth Street earlier today to tell the pupils all about her first children’s novel – The Racehorse Who Wouldn’t Gallop.

BBC sports presenter Clare, who was in Glasgow for the 2016 Tissot UCI Track Cycling World Cup, took time out of her busy schedule to visit the School and talk about her new book. Her latest novel is about a racehorse and horse racing is something Clare knows a lot about.

Before becoming a TV presenter Clare was a very successful jockey and was Champion Lady Rider in 1990. Her memoir My Animals and Other Family documents her life growing up in a racing yard and it won the National Book Awards "Autobiography of the Year" in 2012.

Indeed, her TV debut came in 1995 when she presented the racing highlights of Royal Ascot and she has gone on to present live from many high profile sporting events including six Olympic games.


Her new book and her first children’s novel is about horse-mad nine-year-old Charlie Bass who is thrilled her eccentric parents have bought a racehorse. The horse, Noble Warrior, looks the part: strong, fit and healthy. There’s just one problem – he won’t gallop. Charlie is convinced he has what it takes to be a champion – he just needs the right motivation.

Clare spent the morning at School talking about the characters in her book, signing copies for the pupils and helped them create horses' heads. She was a big hit with the pupils who really enjoyed her visit.

P6 pupil Emily McCracken said: “She was really funny and told us to never give up. I thought that Clare was really good and her book seems brilliant!"

Classmate Cameron Anderson added: “She was really nice and she told us all about all of the events she has presented on. She also signed all of our books and our horses' heads. She even pretended to re-invent the Brownlee Brothers triathlon with Jack. I am really looking forward to reading the book The Racehorse Who Wouldn't Gallop.”

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