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30th April 2015

The Derby Cap Unveiled

22nd April 2015 – The Derby Cap, which will be presented to jockeys to mark their debut ride in the Investec Derby, was unveiled at the Investec Spring Meeting at Epsom Downs Racecourse today. To celebrate its introduction, the first ever Derby Cap was presented to nine time Derby winner Lester Piggott, who first rode in the race in 1951 aboard Zucchero.

In this inaugural year, a Derby Cap will be presented to each jockey who has a ride in the Investec Derby. Thereafter, The Cap will be presented to jockeys who are having their first ride in the ‘Greatest Flat Race in the World’.

Simon Durrant, General Manager, Epsom Downs Racecourse, said: “We wanted to recognise the momentous occasion in a jockey’s career when they receive their first ride in the greatest flat race in the world. Many other sports use caps to commemorate great achievements and landmarks so we felt the introduction of a Derby Cap was an appropriate way for young jockeys to remember this milestone in their careers and something that young jockeys can aspire to receive.”