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Derby and Oaks will be kept behind closed doors in Epsom after City Council goes through Jockey Club plans

Derby and Oaks will be held behind closed doors in Epsom in July or August after City Council approves the Jockey Club proposals

  • Jockey Club aims to stage the Derby and Oaks on a one-day seven-race map
  • The city council supported the proposal to organize the races behind closed doors
  • However, the luminaire remains subject to approval by BHA and the government

An application to run the Investec Derby and Oaks on a Saturday in July or August was unanimously approved Tuesday evening by the Conservators of Epsom and Walton Downs.

The curators also approved an application to place fencing around the entire racecourse and grandstand complex – an area of ​​150 acres – to ensure that the race can be safely held behind closed doors.

These fences would be covered to limit viewing, reducing the likelihood of people gathering from a distance to watch.

The Jockey Club plans to host the Derby and Oaks on a one-day seven-race map on July 4

The Jockey Club plans to host the Derby and Oaks on a one-day seven-race map on July 4

The Jockey Club, which runs Epsom, has said July 4 is their favorite date to host the Derby at its historic home.

The application was presented to the Curators by Simon Durrant, General Manager of Epsom Racecourse. He said it would take three days to install the fence, but residents and the local training community would have access to the Downs while the fence was being built.

Delia Bushell, Group Chief Executive of The Jockey Club, said: “We are working hard on a practical and actionable plan to host the Investec Derby and Oaks 2020 in their traditional home, with no audience and once racing has been approved by the government. are resumed.

“I want to thank the Epsom and Walton Downs Conservators very much for their support.”

The Derby should have been running on June 6.

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