Countdown to the Derby with City A.M.

PREPARATIONS were underway at Epsom Downs Racecourse yesterday ahead of this weekend’s action, when more than 100,000 racegoers are expected to head to Surrey

I am honoured to be asked to be this year’s Guest of Honour at Epsom. The Derby is always a race which I have held dear in my heart, winning it three times and I am greatly looking forward to the day. Pat Eddery, former champion British jockey

The Investec Epsom Derby is an iconic moment in the racing world, I’m so looking forward to seeing how the ladies, through their style choices, will honour this moment. Philip Treacy, official milliner for the Derby

I’m attending both days and I am particularly looking forward to the almighty roar of the crowd when the starter gates open. It’s an exciting and quintessentially British occasion that I always look forward to.” Raymond van Niekerk, Investec global marketing director

Despite not missing the race since 1975 the most impressive winner I've ever seen was in 2009 when the legendary Sea the Stars showed his brilliance and resilience by winning the race which proved to be the jewel in the crown of his sparkling three year campaign. Mike Dillon, Ladbrokes PR Director