Our Advocates

Lee Mottershead

Lee has worked at the Racing Post for over 20 years. He is news reporter, feature writer, interviewer, columnist.

He’s also written three books, including two ghosted autobiographies – Persian Punch: The Authorised Tribute; A Weight Off My Mind (autobiography of Richard Hughes): Too Busy To Die (autobiography of Derek Thompson).

Lee is also a frequent TV/radio contributor, with regular appearances on BBC Radio 5 live, plus BBC News, talkSPORT, Sky Sports News, CNN, Racing UK, and a host of Racing Post podcasts.

What I love most about racehorses: their embodiment of so many of the very finest qualities and attributes - speed, stamina, courage, quirkiness and a nice slice of unpredictability!

 

Charlie Liverton 

Charlie has been Chief Executive of the Racehorse Owners Association since February 2016.

Prior to joining the ROA, Charlie worked as Racing Manager at Neptune Investment Management.

At the beginning of his career, Charlie was pupil assistant trainer to Major Dick Hern and Richard Hannon, and working for one of the leading vets in Lambourn, Mike O’Gorman and in the bloodstock department of Tattersalls.

A racehorse owner himself, Charlie currently has horses with Eve Johnson Houghton and Charlie Longsdon.

What I love most about racing: The colour, camaraderie, competiveness but most of all the thoroughbred horse itself.

 

Simon Knapp LVO BVetMed BSc MRCVS

Simon is Clinical Director at Scott Dunn’s Equine Clinic in Wokingham, with overall responsibility for the running of all practice matters.

Simon has a long-term interest in horses dating back to his childhood when his father, both raced and played polo.

He also holds many prestigious veterinary appointments including being: a Member of Veterinary Committee as Racecourse Association Veterinary Advisor; Member of the Hurlingham Polo Association (HPA) Veterinary Committee; Veterinary Advisor to Guards Polo Club; Senior Veterinary Surgeon to Epsom Downs, Kempton Park and Sandown Park Racecourses; and Royal Ascot Veterinary Team member.

What I love most about racehorses: Their courage, resilience and athleticism.