With the Cazoo Derby (Friday 3rd June & Saturday 4th June) forming part of the official celebrations for The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, Epsom Downs is delighted to be hosting a special interactive display on The Hill in recognition of Her Majesty’s passion for the thoroughbred.
The Racing Showcase will highlight the care that is shown for racehorses throughout their lives, how the racing industry is engaging and inspiring young people to look at racing as a career, the provisions the industry makes for its people and how racing is looking to reach out to communities it has not engaged with before.
A variety of activities and demonstrations will be on offer including, virtual reality headsets, equicizers and the chance to interact with a number of racehorses up close. The organisations represented will also have information displays where the public will be able to find out more and how they can get involved or further their interests.
Amongst the organisations represented are The Racing Foundation, British Racing School, Racing to School, Epsom Riding for the Disabled, Ebony Horse Club, Retraining of Racehorses, Racing Welfare, Injured Jockeys Fund, Careers in Racing, Discover Newmarket, The National Stud, The National Horse Racing Museum and Great British Racing International.
Former jockey Michael Hills, who won the 1996 Derby aboard Shaamit and is now a jockey coach, is expected to make an appearance with the British Racing School.
Simon Durrant, General Manager of Epsom Downs Racecourse, said: “As part of the official celebrations for The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, we felt that it was important to highlight Her Majesty’s passion both for racing and the horse in general.
“Over the 70 years of her reign, The Queen’s interest extends far beyond what happens on the track and we feel it is important that this is both recognised and celebrated.
“The Racing Showcase on The Hill will enable the public to engage with and learn more about many aspects of racing and the wider equine world.
“I am delighted that so many organisations have agreed to participate and hopefully their efforts to educate, inform and inspire will show just what a fantastic industry and sport we work in.”
With the Queen planning to attend Derby Day in person as part of the official Platinum Jubilee celebrations, Retraining of Racehorses (RoR) has also arranged with The Jockey Club, which runs Epsom Downs, for a number of the monarch’s retired thoroughbreds to be present on the day.
In addition, a Guard of Honour of 40 jockeys who have ridden for The Queen, who is Patron of The Jockey Club, will greet her arrival on Derby Day dressed in the Royal silks.