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Investec Derby Festival 2019

ITV Racing
  • Episode:


  • Title:

    Investec Ladies Day

  • Transmission (TX):

    Sat 01 Jun 2019

  • TX Confirmed


  • Time

    1.30pm - 5.00pm

  • Week:

    Week 23 2019 : Sat 01 Jun - Fri 07 Jun

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  • Published:

    Wed 22 May 2019

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Investec Derby Festival 2019


Friday 31 May - Saturday 1st June


“Presenting at Epsom is as close as I get to my old job presenting the Premier League. Epsom is a bit like Anfield or the old White Hart Lane with the crowd on both sides of the track creating a brilliant, intense atmosphere. Investec Derby day is racing’s ‘Greatest Show’ with all the pomp, ceremony and history of the world’s most famous flat race.” Ed Chamberlin


“The Derby is the race that I most look forward to all year. Nobody in their right mind would designate the topsy-turvy turning track of Epsom Downs as the stage for the most important horse race of the year. But they do because it thereby provides the ultimate test, takes a brilliant athlete to win it and creates a viewing spectacle that you simply wouldn’t get anywhere else in the world.” Francesca Cumani 


On air:

ITV Friday 31 May 1.30-5pm 

ITV Saturday 1 June 1.30 to 5pm

The Opening Show is on ITV4 on Saturday 1 June 9-10am


The Investec Epsom Derby is the supreme test of the racehorse and acknowledged as the greatest flat race in the world. First run in 1780 (now in its 240th year of running) it is for three-year-old colts and fillies and is run over a testing mile and four furlongs distance around an undulating Epsom Downs track with the challenging Tattenham Corner to negotiate. The Derby holds a special place in British history for many different reasons, perhaps the most famous of all being the 1913 Derby, in which the suffragette, Emily Davison, suffered fatal injuries after throwing herself onto the track and bringing down Anmer, a horse owned by the King. In modern times, Lester Piggott holds the record for winning the Epsom Derby nine times, having first ridden in the race in 1951 and having his last ride in 1994 at the age of 58. Only six fillies have ever won it. In its first running, first prize was £1065 15s. In 2019 it is £850,650.  


ITV Racing - Ed Chamberlin and Francesca Cumani (recently jointly awarded Broadcast Sports Presenter of the Year at the SJA Awards) host exclusive free to air coverage of the Investec Derby Festival live from Epsom.  Joining Ed and Francesca for expert analysis will be Johnny Murtagh and Jason Weaver with reporting by Oli Bell and Luke Harvey. Matt Chapman and Chris Hughes will oversee the Social Stable, with Brian Gleeson bringing all the betting news and Richard Hoiles, the lead commentator. Brough Scott will also join the team, and Lorraine’s Mark Heyes and Good Morning Britain’s Charlotte Hawkins will cast their eye over the Epsom fashion. 


Across the week, the Bafta-winning production and technical team will use state-of-the-art equipment to show five races each day. There will be behind-the-scenes features and have every aspect of the action covered interviewing all the key figures. The pundits bring an expert insight into the incredible challenge the Derby course presents. 


Alongside ITV’s coverage, The Opening Show, presented by Oli Bell, will air on Derby Day to preview the day’s action. 


ITV Racing’s Social Stable, a social media hub based at the track, will be linked to all the channel's Twitter, Facebook and Instagram profiles ensuring viewers can get involved in the action.


Every day there will also be a free-to-enter ITV7 competition.  

ITV’s live festival coverage will also be simulcast on the ITV Hub, on web and app, for viewers to watch online, and the ITV Racing site - will help bring the festival to life.


Investec Ladies Day – Friday 31 May


The feature race on Ladies Days is the Investec Oaks, a Group One Race for three-year-old fillies, run at 4.30pm. The card also features the Investec Coronation Cup at 3.10pm, another Group One for 4year olds +. 

Won last year by Irish trainer Aidan O’Brien, who so far in 2019 has raided most of the big races, he again has the first two in the betting for the Oaks and looks likely to have a big chance. If so, as well as taking home prize money of £283,550, the winning connections will also be taking home an Oak sapling, an Epsom tradition. 


Investec Derby Day – Saturday 1 June


The feature race is the Investec Epsom Derby run at 4.30pm, one of the most famous flat races in the world. ITV will show four other races on Derby day including the exciting 5f Investec Corporate Banking ‘Dash’ Handicap, Princess Elizabeth Stakes and Diomed Stakes. 


If he makes it to the race, there would no more popular winner than Too Darn Hot, owned by the Lloyd-Webbers and named after a song in a musical, trained by John Gosden and ridden by the world’s most famous jockey in Frankie Dettori.