John Francome is a British horse racing speaker and ex-jockey known for winning a number of National Hunt jump competitions during his professional career; now a bestselling author, Francome remains a hugely popular after dinner speaker at specialist horse racing events.
Joining horse racing aged only 16 John Francome MBE came from a working-class background and, through sheer hard work and ambition, worked his way up to the heights of British racing; still heralded as one of the greatest jockeys ever Francome has ridden more than a thousand winning horses and, in his capacity as a sports speaker, discusses how he helped push these horses to become winners.
Upon retiring from racing, Francome became a pundit and horse racing speaker for Channel 4’s Racing series and continued to work with the broadcaster for two decades. Leaving Channel 4 in 2012, Francome has since worked as a dedicated after dinner speaker and appeared as a horse racing speaker at a number of high profile racing events. In 1986, in recognition of his services to horse racing, John was awarded an MBE.
Available for hire for both corporate and charity events John Francome MBE is not only the third most successful National Hunt jockey in the country but also an incredibly popular sports speaker. Often called the 'best jockey not to appear in The Grand National', Francome draws large crowds and speaks passionately and eloquently of his time both as a jockey and pundit.