MICK FITZGERALD will include a previous jump jockey's point of view to the new ITV racing group after he was on Sunday exposed as the latest addition to the channel's lineup for next year.
Hot on the heels of the news that Britain's most successful female rider Hayley Turner has been registered by ITV supervisors, the Grand National winner will also join a cast to be fronted by ex-Sky Sports football anchor Ed Chamberlin.
Fitzgerald, 46, was rumoured to be in the numeration for a role and, although he declined to go over any participation on Sunday, his representative Jon Holmes revealed the switch had been rubber-stamped.
“Mick will belong to the team,” he said. “I do not know anymore at this stage, that's where we are at the moment.”
Fitzgerald is the second presenter to transfer to ITV from Channel 4 Racing following Rishi Persad, as the broadcaster prepares to take control of the sport's terrestrial rights on a four-year contract from January 1.
Since being forced to retire through injury in 2008, the previous leading rider, who gathered 1,303 triumphs throughout a glittering profession that featured not just a National accomplishment on Rough Quest but likewise a Cheltenham Gold Cup accomplishment on See More Business, has really turned his talents to the media, working for many organisations including the BBC.
Fitzgerald began a full-time reporting role for At The Races rapidly after hanging up his saddle and signed up with Channel 4 as an expert in 2013, where he has covered Flat racing in addition to jumps.
The other validated members of the ITV group to be revealed up till now are Francesca Cumani, Oli Bell and Sally Ann Grassick.