14th April 2016

England Cricket Legends Phil Tufnell and Graeme Swann to Commentate on the Investec Derby Trial 2016

Investec has today announced ex-England cricketers and BBC Test Match Special stalwarts Phil Tufnell and Graeme Swann as guest commentators on this year’s Investec Derby Trial at Epsom Racecourse.

Prior to commentating live on the race both men will be given tips by leading TV race commentator Richard Hoiles. The former international spin bowlers, who are used to calling the more measured pace of a Test match, will have to up the tempo to keep race fans informed as the Investec Derby hopefuls tackle the famous Epsom course.

Whoever Richard decides is the more adept race commentator will receive £1,000 to a charity of their choice donated by Derby and Test Cricket sponsor’s Investec. Phil Tufnell has chosen Cancer Research while Graeme Swann will be commentating on behalf of Belvoir Cricket and Countryside Trust.

Graeme Swann is widely considered one of the greatest spin bowlers in English cricketing history. He was part of two successful Ashes campaigns, including the legendary England victory in 2009, and was a leading player in England’s World T20 victory in 2010. He finished his career with over 250 test wickets as well as five test half-centuries to his name.

Phil Tufnell took over 1,000 First Class wickets in a long and successful career for both England and Middlesex, inclusive of over 100 Test wickets. His England career witnessed some magnificent spells of bowling such as his famous match figures of 11-93 against Australia at the Oval in 1997.

The Investec Derby Trial is the traditional precursor to the world famous Classic in June and is the centre-piece of the Investec Spring Meeting, the winner of the race is entitled to a wildcard entry to the Investec Derby. This year’s Investec Spring Meeting takes place on 20th April.

Phil Tufnell commented; “I’d say Swanny can talk faster than I can, which might put him at an advantage, but I’ve actually ridden in a horserace when I took on Jason Gillespie a few years back so I can let the audience into a few trade secrets!”

Graeme Swann commented; “Tuffers has got to be ante-post favourite given his racing experience but I reckon there’s a decent chance he won’t remember which horse is in which colours. It should be a lot of fun and we’re both competing for great causes.”

 

 

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Epsom Downs Racecourse

Epsom Downs Racecourse has been a venue for the sport of horse racing since the 17th Century, with the first running of The Oaks taking place in 1779 and The Derby a year later.  Since that time the Investec Derby has developed into the World’s Greatest Flat Race and is now part of the unique and vibrant Investec Derby Festival.

2016 will see 10 fantastic racedays including the Investec Derby Festival, An evening at the races with The Corrs and the London Gatwick Family Fun Day.  More information is available at www.epsomdowns.co.uk

Epsom Downs Racecourse is part of The Jockey Club, which has been at the heart of British racing for more than 260 years. Today the largest commercial group in the sport, The Jockey Club runs the largest racecourse group in the UK by turnover (2014: £162.9m), courses (15) including those at Aintree, Cheltenham, Epsom Downs and Newmarket, attendances (2015: 1.95m), total prize money (2015: £43.9m), contribution to prize money (2015: £19.9m) and quality racing (Group and Graded races); more than 3,000 acres of world-class training grounds in Newmarket, Lambourn and Epsom Downs; The National Stud breeding enterprise and education provider; and the charity for racing’s people in need, Racing Welfare. Governed by Royal Charter, every penny The Jockey Club makes it puts back into British racing. More information is available at www.thejockeyclub.co.uk.

 

Investec

Investec is an international specialist bank and asset manager that provides a diverse range of financial products and services to a niche client base in three principal markets; the UK and Europe, South Africa and Asia/Australia, as well as certain other countries. The group was established in 1974 and currently has approximately 8 500 employees.

Investec focuses on delivering distinctive profitable solutions for its clients in three core areas of activity namely; Asset Management, Wealth & Investment and Specialist Banking.

In July 2002 the Investec group implemented a dual listed company structure with listings on the London and Johannesburg Stock Exchanges. The combined group’s current market capitalisation is approximately GBP4.0billion.