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Steve Cauthen joins ITV Racing for the Platinum Jubilee Derby

Steve Cauthen, the American jockey credited with transforming race riding in the UK – and a dual winner of the world’s most famous flat race – is to join the ITV Racing team for the Cazoo Derby 2022, the first time he has ever presented as part of a terrestrial TV team on UK soil.

Steve Cauthen says:“Having won the Derby on both Slip Anchor and Reference Point, Epsom is a special place for me and to be presenting there for ITV on the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee weekend will be extraordinary. I cannot wait to offer my insights into this classic race - the goal for most people who breed and racehorses – and on a track that is as unusual as it is difficult.”

Ed Chamberlin says:“The 243rd Derby is a unique one and having the legendary Steve Cauthen with us is something about which we are excited. We are forming part of the country’s official celebrations for The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, and we cannot wait to highlight to viewers the Queen’s unwavering love for the horse with a special tribute from those in racing who know her best.”

The Saturday show comes on air early at 12.40 to show live Her Majesty’s arrival and the procession of 40 jockeys wearing her racing silks to welcome and honour her. ITV Racing will also show for the first time behind-the-scenes footage of her with her horses taken just a few weeks ago.

Joining Ed and Steve Cauthen on the podium will be triple Derby-winning jockey, Johnny Murtagh and former jockey, Jason Weaver. (The podium team will be slightly different on Oaks Day). Royal correspondent, Katie Nicholl will also join the team for the early part of the day.

Oli Bell and Rishi Persad will be out and about, with Adele Mulrennan looking at the horses close up and Brian Gleeson and Matt Chapman in the betting ring. Mick Fitzgerald will be at the starts with Richard Hoiles in the commentary box.Chris Hughes will be joining in the huge Platinum Jubilee party on the hill with Charlotte Hawkins and Mark Heyes taking in all the stunning lifestyle and fashion on the Epsom Downs.

Alongside ITV’s afternoon coverage The Opening Show will also be live from the track on Saturday morning. Hosted by Oli Bell with guests Adele Mulrennan and Matt Chapman, Rishi Persad will be out on track, and the team will preview all the upcoming afternoon’s action and analyse which horses they think will win the world’s greatest flat race and why.

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 - itv.com/racing will help bring the festival to life.

Friday 3 June – Cazoo Ladies Day2pm – Cazoo Woodcote EBF stakes2.35pm – Ebbisham Handicap Stakes3.10pm – Coronation Cup (Group 1)3.45pm – Cazoo Handicap Stakes4.30pm – Cazoo Oaks (Group 1)

Saturday 4 June – Cazoo Derby Day2pm – The World Pool at the Tote Handicap2.35pm – The Princess Elizabeth Stakes, sponsored by Cazoo (Group 3)3.10pm – The Cazoo Diomed Stakes (Group 3)3.45pm – The World Pool ‘Dash’ Handicap Stakes4.30 pm – The Cazoo Derby (Group 1)

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