Today is Race Day: Investec Derby @ 4 pm (Pol Roger is the Champagne Sponsor)

At 4 pm this afternoon you will hear the deafening roar that greets the start of the greatest flat race in the world, as Britain’s biggest one day sporting crowd signal the start of the Investec Derby, one of the world’s iconic sporting moments.

Today is unique in the sporting calendar – the first Saturday in June is always Investec Derby Day, so make sure to add it to your diary now for next year and will also be celebrating The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

Saturday 4 June 2011 is particularly special because of one horse, Carlton House, who will line up at 4pm this afternoon for his owner Her Majesty The Queen, providing perhaps her best opportunity in her 10th attempt at winning the Blue Riband of the turf.

The Sir Michael Stoute trained three-year-old colt has dominated the headlines since winning the Dante at York on 12 May and will be ridden today by Ryan Moore, last years Investec Derby winner on Workforce.

Sponsors include: title sponsor Investec, Audemars Piguet (Timing), Jaguar (Automotive), Pol Roger (Champagne), and William Hill (Betting).