Investec Derby Festival: 120,000 people join Wills and Kate

5th June 2011

Pour Moi (left) strides home in the 2011 Investec Derby

Pour Moi (left) strides home in the 2011 Investec Derby

  • Paid attendance up by 6000+ on Investec Derby Day
  • Hospitality sales up by 25% across the two-day festival
  • Jockey Club Catering sold 14,000 bottles of champagne, 65,000 pints of lager, 35,000 glasses of Pimms and 1,000 picnics across the festival
 
Investec Derby Day at Epsom Downs welcomed a crowd of more than 120,000 people on Saturday, up by 6,284 payers, making it Britain's most attended day of sport in 2011.
 
Hospitality sales were up by 25% year-on-year across the two days of the Investec Derby Festival, which also featured the Group 1 Oaks and Group 1 Coronation Cup on Investec Ladies' Day on Friday.
 
Jockey Club Catering provides quality catering across The Jockey Club's 14 racecourses, including Epsom Downs. It confirmed sales over the two days of 14,000 bottles of champagne, 65,000 pints of lager, 35,000 pints of Pimms and 1,000 picnics. The most popular individual dish sold was the seafood platter.
 
Paul Fisher, Group Managing Director of Jockey Club Racecourses, said:
 
“The Investec Derby is the most attended day in UK sport. As well as an increased attendance, we’ve also seen hospitality sales bounce back strongly.
 
“We can put this down to a combination of factors, including great promotional and sales work by the team at Epsom Downs capitalising on Her Majesty The Queen’s runner, marketing the event as Britain’s biggest day out and our fully integrated Jockey Club Catering operation. We were also blessed with some fantastic weather.
 
“We’ve seen strong numbers at our leading festivals this year, including the Cheltenham Festival and John Smith’s Grand National Meeting at Aintree, so the Investec Derby Festival has ensured that trend continues.”