Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will present the Investec Derby trophy to the winning connections of the 2016 Investec Derby on Saturday 4th June – the first time during her reign that Her Majesty The Queen has presented this prestigious trophy.
This year also sees two changes to the usual order of running at the two-day Investec Derby Festival with the Listed Investec Woodcote Stakes moving to become the curtain-raiser on Investec Ladies’ Day on Friday 3rd June. This year the race has a £10,000 increase in the prize fund (to £50,000), an injection designed to attract even more runners of Listed quality.
The Group Three Princess Elizabeth Stakes (sponsored by Investec) moves from its normal Friday position to become Investec Derby Day’s second race. The Princess Elizabeth Stakes is named in honour of Her Majesty The Queen and was first run at Epsom Downs in 1947 at the Spring Meeting.
Additionally, the Group One Coronation Cup, worth a record £400,000, will be re-named for this year as the Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Cup (sponsored by Investec) in celebration of Her Majesty The Queen’s 90th birthday.
Simon Durrant, General Manager, Epsom Downs Racecourse, said: “We are very lucky to be welcoming Her Majesty The Queen back on Derby Day – I think she has missed only two during her reign – and because this is the year of her 90th birthday we have some special things going on.
“This started with 200 local residents outside The Queen’s Stand creating Her Majesty’s colours among a large mosaic to wish her happy birthday.
“This year for the first time, Her Majesty will present the Investec Derby Trophy. Ten of our local choirs, around Epsom and Ewell, are joining us to sing the National Anthem to The Queen on her arrival on Derby Day. Racegoers on course will be encouraged to join in.”
Andrew Cooper, Director of Racing Jockey Club Racecourses London and Clerk of the Course at Epsom Downs, commented: “In honour of Her Majesty, the Group Three Princess Elizabeth Stakes for fillies and mares, which is named after her, is moving from the Friday to become the second race on the Saturday, Investec Derby Day.
“For one year, the Investec Coronation Cup will be run as the Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Cup (sponsored by Investec) in tribute.”
Nichola Eddery, daughter of the late Pat Eddery, unveiled a plaque honouring the record-breaking jockey at Epsom Downs Racecourse. The plaque and a new circular bench are located in the paddock.