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Derek Thompson

Derek Thompson has been synonymous with Channel 4 Racing in the UK for over decade and the leading overseas correspondent and racecourse commentator at Nad al Sheba in Dubai

A former jockey with amazing tales from the weighing room 'Tommo', as he is known throughout racing, even once beat HRH Prince of Wales whilst racing at Plumpton. Derek has 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 soon beckoned and 'Tommo' became a regular face on ITV 'World of Sport', subsequently joining Channel 4 Racing in 1985.

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