Derby viewing figures drop

Viewing figures for the Investec Derby on Channel 4 peaked at 1.55million viewers with an audience share of 14.7 per cent.

That figure was down on the 1.95million and an audience share of 21.8 per cent of 12 months ago.

The Epsom Classic, won by red-hot favourite Australia, was watched by an average of 770,000 (an audience share of 8.3 per cent) compared to last year's 834,000 (audience share of 10.7 per cent).

Friday's Oaks day peak figure was 558,000, a fall from 788,000 in 2013. The average was 320,000 to the 356,000 of last year.

Jamie Aitchison, Channel 4's commissioning editor for sport, said: "I'm pleased with the high quality coverage from the Channel 4 Racing team over two glorious days at the Investec Derby Festival.

"Despite there being live sport across all four main terrestrial channels yesterday afternoon, Australia's win in the Derby was watched by a bigger peak audience than the French Open Ladies' Final, the Challenge Cup Rugby and the Formula 1 practice session."