Paul Mathieu became hooked on racing in his teens. He has visited every racecourse in Britain, many in Ireland and France, and others from Mauritius to Peru, leaving his money behind at most of them. He was one of the early-morning team who supplied the commentary for Wogan's Winner on Radio Two. For many years he was a point-to-point correspondent for The Sporting Life. His other racing book is The Masters of Manton.