June 21, 2019— British television, radio and print journalist Brough Scott, MBE, began broadcasting nearly 50 years ago after a career as a jump jockey, ultimately becoming one of the best-known figures in British horse racing and sport. As a jockey, he rode over 100- winners including at the Imperial Cup and the Mandarin Handicap Chase. As a journalist, he has reported at major sporting events ranging from Wimbledon to the Olympic Games to the Epsom Derby.
As a journalist for the Sunday Times, Independent on Sunday and Sunday Telegraph, Brough was a three-time Sports Feature Writer of the Year. Brough is also an award-winning author and has written or edited nine books, including the biographies Churchill at the Gallop, Galloper Jack, and Henry Cecil: Trainer of Genius, which won the 2014 British Sports Book Award for “Best Horse Racing Book.”
Brough’s grandfather, General “Galloper” Jack Seely, was a legendary World War I hero who later went on to become a member of Parliament and a close friend of Winston Churchill. The life of Seely’s horse Warrior, a homebred Thoroughbred gelding, has been immortalized in the book Warrior: The Amazing Story of a Real War Horse. Seely and Warrior served together for five years in World War I, leading one of the last cavalry charges at the Battle of Moreuil Wood. They both survived the war, leading English papers to dub Warrior, “the horse the Germans could not kill.”
In 2014, Brough’s family unveiled a bronze sculpture of Warrior created by the artist Philip Blacker. It is displayed at Carisbrooke Castle on the Isle of Wight, where Warrior died at the age of 33 in 1938. In 2015, the family opened the “Warrior Trail” for visitors to learn more about the story of his life.
Brough has long been involved with charity work for groups such as the Injured Jockeys Fund, the Newmarket Horse Racing Museum, Direct Aid for Africa, the Martin Wills Memorial Trust and Horses 4 Heroes. He also consults internationally on various projects around racing and sport. He assisted with the start-up of the Arlington Million in Chicago, the first running of the Dubai World Cup and the inaugural Aspire4Sport in Qatar in 2010.
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