Derek Thompson

Horse Racing TV Presenters - Derek Thompson

Derek Thompson is one of the most colourful personalities in Racing and is well known for his antics on the course when presenting for either At The Races or Channel 4 for which is a regular contributor. Thompson is a jack of all trades on TV as he is just as at home on course presenting as he is up in the commentary box for At The Races, his enthusiasm for the sport is infectious and with that he has been an ever presence on our screens for many years. His style is one that splits fans with plenty of racing fans opposed to his light hearted style of presenting, at the same time though there are just as many who enjoy his off-the-wall approach to presenting on Channel 4.

Thommo as he is known is a regular on the Morning Line on Channel 4 on a Saturday morning where is used as a main presenter of the show, however he is usually used as a roving reporter during the live racing at the big meetings interviewing punters and trying to get the atmosphere across to the TV audience. Thompson is a regular on At The Races as well either from the commentary box on course or back in the studio presenting Racing News, he seems just as comfortable doing either and that makes him a valuable commodity to the industry. Not everyone will enjoy the style of Derek Thompson on TV but something that cannot be argued with is his experience in racing which is quite frankly second to none. He has covered every one of the big races on the calendar since starting out on ITV in 1981 and is showing no signs of slowing down with his work as he continues on both Channel 4 and At The Races.

Thompson continues to be an integral part of the Channel 4 Racing Team for all the big events and will no doubt be part of their team on course at the Cheltenham Festival for the next few years at least. The Festival is the biggest week of the year for the sport and Channel 4 itself and Derek Thompson will no doubt be roving around the course and grandstands, he can usually be found in the bar during the races giving the audience an insight behind the scenes whilst interviewing plenty of merry race goers. Thompson is a unique character in the racing world and that plays into his hands as racing aims to attract a wider audience, he is full of enthusiasm whilst having the knowledge and experience needed to back that up to secure his place on the screen.