Derby loses £3m Investec sponsorship
Epsom is searching for a title sponsor for the Derby after a surprise breakdown in its relationship with Investec.
The banking and wealth management company has ended its nine-year support for both the Derby and the Oaks, as well as the Derby trial fixture. The £3million-ayear sponsorship was due to run until 2028 but Racing
Post said last night that it had come to an abrupt end.
There had been reports of a rift between Jockey Club Racecourses, the owners of Epsom, over the running of this summer’s meeting behind closed doors, with Investec
seeking a rebate on its £3million investment. It was felt the lack of crowds and hospitality devalued the event, which 25-1 shot Serpentine won to give Aidan O’Brien a record eighth Derby win.
Investec has sponsored the Derby and the Oaks since replacing Vodaphone in 2011.
Meanwhile, Enable, who attempts to become the first horse to win the King George V and Queen Elizabeth Qipco Stakes three times and only the second six-year-old to triumph, will face just three rivals, all trained by O’Brien, in the midsummer all-age midBy dle distance championship at Ascot tomorrow.
O’Brien has tried with 19 different horses to lower Enable’s colours and this time he goes with Japan and Anthony Van Dyck, who have tried and failed, and a 20th, Sovereign, last year’s surprise Irish Derby winner. However, Enable seems equally at home making the running or dropped in.
“I’ll leave the tactics to Frankie [Dettori],” said trainer John Gosden. “We’ll go in with a blank canvas and see how it pans out. Normally when Plan A doesn’t work, Plan B is a blank canvas, but this time Plan A is a blank canvas.”