A highlight of not just the sporting year, but also a social occasion not to be missed, the Investec Derby Festival takes place at Epsom race course on Friday 6th and Saturday 7th June 2014.
The two day event attracts more than 125,000 race goers and is the largest one day crowd to attend a sporting event anywhere in the country.
The meeting hosts two Classic races, the Oaks on Friday and on Saturday the world famous Investec Derby.
The British Oaks is one of three races including the 1000 guineas and the St Leger, which make up the fillies Triple Crown. Some of the worlds best three year old fillies will compete for a prize worth £425,000.
The race has inspired lots of similar events worldwide, including the Irish Oaks and the Oaks d’Italia, however the British Oaks is still regarded as the most prestigious.
Friday is also Ladies day when you can expect an eye catching mix of the latest fashion trends and this year, supermodel Jodie Kidd is the Official Face of the event, with milliner to stars and celebrities, Philip Treacy, making his third appearance as Official Hat Designer of the event.
Saturday is the big one, it’s Derby day and while world wide there are a number of races incorporating the name Derby the British version is considered to be the ‘Blue Riband’ event and the most coveted prize in horse racing. It is the UK’s most valuable horse race and this year will be worth £1.325 million in prize money.
In the past, the Derby has been won by such horse racing legends as Shergar, Nijinsky and Mill Reef and the early favourites at Paddy Power Bookmakers to take it his year are Australia at 5/4 for the Derby, while Taghrooda is 5/2 to take the Oaks.