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Oli Bell: 'Everyone thinks I got a job because of my dad - but in many ways I got a dad because of my job'

Jonathan Harding finds the ITV Racing presenter keen to correct some misconceptions

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Jonathan HardingReporter
ITV presenter Oli Bell
ITV presenter Oli BellCredit: Edward Whitaker

Those who tuned into ITV Racing's coverage of the Grand National on Saturday would have seen a familiar face in presenter Oli Bell and many will have formed their own theories about how he reached that privileged position, but few know the true story.

It would be easy to assume the 35-year-old had every door held open for him as the son of broadcaster Rupert and nephew of Derby-winning trainer Michael, but things are rarely so straightforward and Bell is ultimately the product of two different worlds: one prominent within the racing industry and another much further removed from it.

As I sit down with him in the Bean & Hop cafe in Earlsfield, which proves to be among the loudest cafes in south-west London, Bell is keen to correct some of the misconceptions around his family background in the sport and the influence it has had on his career.

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Published on 15 April 2023Last updated 19:28, 15 April 2023