Ulster Derby at Down Royal will be screened live on BBC NI

Wexford Town won the 2014 Ulster Derby at Down Royal
Wexford Town won the 2014 Ulster Derby at Down Royal

BBC Northern Ireland will show live coverage of The Ulster Derby at Down Royal on Saturday 20 June.

It is the first time since 1994 BBC Northern Ireland has televised local horse racing's showcase event.

Mark Sidebottom will be presenting live coverage of three races including the main event, The Ulster Derby, at 15:45.

Former Irish flat racing jockey and trainer, Johnny Murtagh, and former amateur jockey Richard Pugh will also join the BBC team on the day.

The programme will also feature live coverage of The Handicap at 15:10 and The Ulster Oaks Fillies Handicap at 16.15.

BBC Sport NI presenter Mark Sidebottom
BBC NI's Mark Sidebottom will present live coverage of three races at Down Royal, including the Ulster Derby

In addition to the live races, BBC NI will be catching up with recently retired champion jockey AP McCoy and pay a visit to farrier to the stars, Stephen Kielt, and spend a day on the gallops with top local trainer Andy Oliver.

Jane Tohill, Executive producer, BBC Sport NI said: "The Derby is a highly significant event in the Horse Racing Calendar and BBC Sport NI is delighted to bring it to our audiences as part of our coverage from Down Royal Summer Festival of Racing".

"Down Royal is a first class venue and has attracted a great field for the day's racing, we look forward to bringing this event to our audience."

Mike Todd, General Manager of Down Royal Racecourse said: "I'm delighted the BBC are covering one of the highlights of the local sporting and social calendar".

"The Derby at Down Royal has a long and illustrious history since its creation in 1936."

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