The Derby 2019 – live!

The Queen has arrived at Epsom and she is unveiling a statue of the great Lester Piggott today who has been so central to Derby folklore.

Mirror racing correspondent David Yates just raised the issue again on Racing TV but the suggestion made in some quarters this week about switching the Derby back to a Wednesday (I was there for the last midweek running in 1994 when Erhaab won) is surely a non-starter. The idea was dismissed by Epsom spokesman Jonno Spence, who said: “The fact is that people cannot take the day off work anymore during the week and London would not stop and cease like it used to for a Wednesday Derby. It’s just not going to happen and that was very clear in the numbers that were attending the Derby on a Wednesday.

“Vodafone, the sponsors at the time it was switched, were not interested in a Wednesday Derby. They wanted a Saturday Derby and it is one of the few races now with a solid backer in Investec, who started sponsoring in 2009 and currently have a deal until 2026. Competing for the leisure pound is now far more competitive and it is very competitive sporting wise on a Saturday. But, equally, we would not get the numbers going back to a midweek fixture that we do now.”

Derby day traffic as quiet as I've ever seen it at 11:30

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