Cazoo Derby Festival Open Letter Regarding The Derby

An open letter from Simon Durrant, General Manager at Epsom Downs Racecourse.

We are greatly looking forward to the Cazoo Derby Festival and to the 242nd running of the world’s greatest Flat race. It will be a pleasure to welcome owners back to Epsom Downs racecourse as well as a limited number of spectators, who will return for the first time since September 2019.

Whilst the racecourse has not been idle since then, playing its part in the extraordinary national rollout of the vaccination programme in the early part of the year, to have the public back on course to cheer home top-class horses will be a welcome sight.

However, the return of spectators does not mean that things are back to normal; far from it. I am writing this letter to ask for your help across the two days of the Cazoo Derby Festival on 4th and 5th June.

In line with current restrictions we are unable to welcome members of the public onto the Downs, otherwise known as “The Hill” to enjoy the event as they might in normal times.

Minimising the public presence around the racecourse will allow us to operate a secure site for racing. It will help to ensure we can continue to progress towards the easing of restrictions, which will in time allow the phased return of spectators in greater numbers and mean other aspects of everyday life can begin to return to a more recognisable state.

The event will be broadcast live on ITV and Racing TV and The Jockey Club’s website will feature an interactive ‘Raceday Live’ feed across both days. If you are not fortunate enough to have secured a ticket for the Cazoo Derby Festival, then we hope that you will enjoy the event from home. Please be aware that there will be no tickets available for purchase on the gates.

We understand that Derby day is a special one for so many people, whether they be from around Epsom itself or from further afield and we are greatly looking forward to welcoming back spectators in greater numbers when appropriate to do so, but until then I would ask for your help, patience and understanding.

Simon Durrant
General Manager, Epsom Downs Racecourse

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