Derek Thompson

Derek Thompson

Derek Thompson has been synonymous with Channel 4 Racing in the UK for over a decade and the leading overseas correspondant and racecourse commentator at Nad Al Sheba in Dubai. He also commentates for At The Races and is a regular on talksport radio.

A former Jockey with amazing tales from the weighing room Tommo as he is known as throughout racing even one beat HRH Prince of Wales whilst racing at Plumpton.

Derek spent his life working in broadcasting and with horses beginning his career as an assistant trainer in the UK and France whilst at the same time learning the tricks of the reporters trade as a part time racecourse commentator and reporter.

The BBC saw potential in the 22 year old and enlisted his talents to present sport for BBC Radio and The World Service which as a measure of his true professionalism included the presentation of no less than 9 Grand Nationals.

Television beckoned and very soon Tommo was a regular face on the ITV on World of Sport subsequently joining Channel 4 Racing in 1985.

Known as the professionals professional Derek also presents the popular Morning Line on Saturdays and whilst travelling in excess of 100000 miles a year to all parts of the globe – can be heard relaying tales of his racing history in a way only Tommo could.

A witty and personable man he is the perfect sporting speaker for dinners and personal appearances alike.


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