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Last Updated: Friday, 19 May 2006, 09:01 GMT 10:01 UK
BBC Sport at Epsom
Johnny Murtagh wins the 2005 Derby on Motivator
The Epsom Derby
Saturday 3 June, 1620 BST
BBC One, Five Live and BBC Sport website
Follow the 2006 Epsom Derby meeting every step of the way on TV, radio, online and Ceefax.

Coverage of one of the most prestigious meetings on the racing calender begins on Friday 2 June with the Oaks.

Then on Saturday 3 June Clare Balding will be your host on BBC One and Two for the 227th running of the Vodafone Derby.

From the event countdown to live coverage and expert analysis, the BBC will be following all the action.


Every blade of grass will be covered as we build up to the world's greatest Flat race.

In addition to the live racing there will be interviews with a number of the sport's top names.

(All TV races also live on BBC Sport website - UK users only)
Fri 2 June: BBC2 1330-1630. Races: 1340, 1410, 1445, 1525, 1605
Night before the Derby: BBC2 1930

Sat 3 June: BBC2 1330-1600. Races: 1400, 1430, 1500, 1530 BBC1 1600-1640 The Derby: 1620
Derby Day highlights:
Sun, BBC1, 0010-0030

Joining Clare for coverage at the course will be four-time Derby winning jockey Willie Carson and 1988 Derby hero Ray Cochrane.

Jim McGrath and Ian Bartlett provide the commentary for the meeting, which includes full coverage of the Oaks on Friday.

Rishi Persad and Lydia Hislop report from around the course, with the BBC's betting guru Angus Loughran on hand with the latest market moves.

The Night Before the Derby (Friday, 1930, BBC Two) will see Sue and Clare speaking to owners, trainers, jockeys and course staff ahead of the action.

In an exciting innovation the BBC will be using 'Rail Cam' for the first time.

The camera, which was used in the Oscar-winning film Gladiator, will be mounted on a specially-built rail round Tattenham Corner and will provide a unique angle of the race.


Five Live's Breakfast programme kicks off the station's coverage on Friday at Epsom, with bulletins from Luke Harvey at 0655, 0755 and 0830.

From 1300 BST, Phil Williams will present his afternoon show live from Epsom.

Cornelius Lysaght and Jason Weaver will be on the course to bring you all the latest news and interviews, while John Hunt and Luke Harvey provide commentary on the Coronation Cup and Oaks.

On Saturday you can catch all the build-up on Radio Five and Radio 4 in the morning, while in the afternoon Arlo White presents live coverage of Derby Day on Five Live, together with England's World Cup warm-up against Jamaica.


UK users can watch the action live as it happens on the BBC Sport website at

There will be previews, results and updates from the big-race action.

And there is a chance for you to comment on our Five Live messageboards or contact the TV team.


Racing fans can keep in touch with all the developments via the special section at page 660.

The service will have the overnight declarations, latest odds and details of the action as it happens.

Readers can also keep tabs on racing news elsewhere with previews, reviews and results.

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