This year, the 241st running of the Investec Derby will take place in an unprecedented way. For the first time in its history the World’s Greatest Flat Race will be staged behind closed doors, due to the current COVID19 pandemic restrictions.
There will be no public access to the racecourse, the outer enclosures or to the Hill. The event will be equally unprecedented in its format, taking place on just one single day, Saturday 4th July 2020. The day will consist of seven races including the historic fillies’ classic the Investec Oaks, and the feature race the Investec Derby.
Race fans can still get involved and enjoy the ‘fun of the fair’ flavour of the Investec Derby at home with (socially distanced) family and friends; the racecourse today has launched a downloadable ‘Great British Garden Party’ pack including bunting, games and recipe content.
What’s more, the racecourse is looking for the best home setups and will be sharing favourites on the day with the chance to win the incredible prize of a Private Tour around The Jockey Club’s sparkling wine partner, Coates and Seely’s vineyard, for up to 12 people!
General Manager of Epsom Downs Racecourse, Simon Durrant said:
“We are delighted that the Investec Derby can go ahead at its unique home course. Indeed, this will be the first time both the Oaks and Derby races take place on the same day, with both set to feature highly competitive fields.
“Whilst we are sad not to be able to welcome the usual thousands of spectators to the racecourse in person, we invite the community and wider audience to get involved via our website and social media channels, and to enjoy the historic event on ITV on Saturday 4th July.”
Councillor Eber Kington, Chairman of Epsom & Ewell Borough Council’s Strategy & Resources Committee, said:
“With the Government’s decision to encourage the return of national sporting events we welcome the innovative approach being adopted by the racing industry in order to ensure a safe Investec Derby and associated day of racing in these exceptional times.
“Racing is a part of our borough’s proud heritage but we recognise that, this year, the only way to support and celebrate this day of racing, is to enjoy it from home.”
Do you have questions about how this unique version of the event will take place? Our guide to how we are racing behind closed doors holds all the information you need.
INVESTEC DERBY DAY
For all the latest news, timings and how you can get involved on the day, check the Investect Derby Day website below.