Date: 01st June – 2nd June 2012
Be chauffeur driven to the Derby 2012 in Epsom downs racecourse. London VIP Group chauffeur services is offering its wide selection of chauffeur driven cars for hire to this event.
The Investec Derby Festival will be set over two days with Ladies’ Day on Friday 1st June, and Investec Derby Day Saturday 2nd June 2012.
Her Majesty the Queen who will be celebrating her Diamond Jubilee, and the Investec Derby is the first official event in her long weekend of celebrations.
The Vodafone Derby takes place at the grade-one Epsom Downs racecourse near Epsom which is well known to our experienced chauffeurs, Along with our luxury chauffeur fleet you will arrive there in Luxury and ready for the day. Increasingly popular Epsom Downs Racecourse hospitality is of the highest order, combining fun, fashion and truly fantastic racing. A great day at The Derby Festival which takes place in the first week of June is sure to impress clients as they enjoy great food and wine, fantastic facilities, thrilling action and a unique atmosphere then they are driven back with our chauffeur driven car hire service to ensure a relaxing day starting and ending with the comfort of your personal chauffeur experience.
The Derby Stakes, known colloquially as The Derby and internationally as the Epsom Derby, is a Group 1 flat horse race in Great Britain which is open to three-year-old Thoroughbred colts and fillies. It is run at Epsom Downs over a distance of 1 mile, 4 furlongs and 10 yards (2,423 metres). It is Britain’s richest horse race, and the most prestigious of the country’s five Classics. It is sometimes referred to as the Blue Riband of the turf.
The Derby originated at a celebration following the first running of the Oaks Stakes in 1779. A new race was planned, and it was decided that it should be named after either the host of the party, the 12th Earl of Derby, or one of his guests, Sir Charles Bunbury. According to legend the decision was made by the toss of a coin, but it is probable that Bunbury, the Steward of the Jockey Club, deferred to his host. The inaugural running of the Derby was held on May 4, 1780. It was won by Diomed, a colt owned by Sir Charles Bunbury, who collected prize money of £1,065 15s. The first four runnings were contested over 1 mile, but this was amended to the current distance of 1½ miles in 1784. Lord Derby achieved his first success in the event in 1787, with a horse called Sir Peter Teazle.
The starting point of the race was moved twice during the 19th century. The first move, suggested by Lord George Bentinck, was in 1848, and the second was in 1872. It was discovered in 1991 that the exact length of the race was 1 mile, 4 furlongs and 10 yards.
The Derby has inspired many similar events around the world. National variations include the Prix du Jockey Club, the Irish Derby, the Deutsches Derby and the Derby Italiano. Several races in the United States bear the “Derby” name, the most famous of which is the Kentucky Derby.
Epsom Downs Racecourse
Chauffeur driven packages for the Derby 2012
London VIP Group chauffeur driven packages to the Derby 2012 in Epsom downs racecourse start with chauffeur driven Mercedes E-Class from just £200, chauffeur driven packages to the Derby 2012 in Epsom downs racecourse in a Mercedes Viano from just £230 or the stylish chauffeur driven Mercedes S-Class to the Derby 2012 in Epsom downs racecourse from just £250.
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