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Investec Derby set to stay at Epsom after new plans approved

13 May 2020

Britain's most famous Classic will not be moved from its traditional home despite concerns over public access to racecourse site.

Anthony Van Dyke wins the Epsom Derby

The Investec Derby is set to stay at Epsom this year, after the racecourse agreed a provisional plan with councillors  to stage the race behind closed doors on a Saturday in either July or August.

Britain’s most prestigious race of the Flat season has been held at Epsom every year since 1780 with the exception of the two world wars when the site was needed for military purposes, and the race was moved to Newmarket.

Delia Bushell, group chief executive of the Jockey Club, said in a statement: “We are working hard on a practical and deliverable plan to stage the 2020 Investec Derby and Investec Oaks at their traditional home, without a crowd and once racing is approved to resume by government.

“I’d like to express my sincere thanks to the Epsom and Walton Downs Conservators for their backing today. These two Classics play a vital role in the thoroughbred racing and breeding industries, so it’s of great importance for them to be able to go ahead during this difficult period.