Clare Balding has received an OBE
Popular presenter Clare Balding has received an OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours.
Last Updated: 15/06/13 9:35am
The former face of the BBC's racing coverage, Balding switched to become the lead presenter for Channel 4 Racing at the start of this year after the channel signed up for the entirity of the sport's terrestrial coverage.
Balding was recognised for her sterling work outside racing circles last summer, playing a major part in the BBC's coverage of the London Olympics and later the Paralympics on Channel 4.
The 42-year-old is from a family steeped in racing history, with her father Ian Balding best known for his handling of the legendary 1971 Derby hero Mill Reef.
Her brother, Andrew, is also a successful Classic-winning trainer, while her uncle, Toby Balding, is one of the few men to have trained the winner of the Grand National, the Cheltenham Gold Cup and the Champion Hurdle.
Balding will front Channel 4's coverage of Royal Ascot next week.