14th April 2016

Hayley Turner and Alex Greaves announced as Investec Derby Festival Ambassadors 2016

The Investec Derby Festival has today announced ex-leading jockeys Hayley Turner and Alex Greaves as Ambassadors for Ladies Day.

Alex Greaves made history in 1997 when she rode Ya Malak to win the Nunthorpe Stakes at York to become the first female jockey to triumph in a British Group One. During the course of a remarkable career she racked up over 300 winners and was considered a trailblazer for women in the sport, becoming the first ever woman to ride in the 1,000 Guineas and the Investec Derby. She also experienced success abroad, riding Group winners in both Ireland and Sweden.

Hayley Turner is widely considered to be the most successful British female jockey ever. She became the second woman to win a British Group One when she rode Dream Ahead to victory in the July Cup in 2011, and followed up this success to become the first woman to win two British Group Ones after winning on Margot Did in the Nunthorpe later that same year. In addition to these achievements she became the first woman to ride 100 winners in a season and ended her glittering career with over 750 winners to her name.

This year’s Investec Derby Festival takes place on Friday 3 and Saturday 4 June.  Ladies Day, on Friday 3, will be a celebration of women from the world of sport as we recognise the 20th anniversary of jockey Alex Greaves becoming the first woman to ride in the World’s Greatest Flat Race.

Alex Greaves commented: “Female jockeys have come such a long way in the 20 years since I rode in the Derby and I’m sure a woman in the coming years will win the race.”

Hayley Turner added “I’m really looking forward to seeing the event from the other side this year and celebrating our achievements and that of the other influential women in sport on the day.”

Ladies Day tickets start from £23.00 and Derby Day tickets start from £35.00. For further information on the enclosures and to book tickets please visit www.epsomderby.co.uk or call Epsom Downs Racecourse on 0344 579 3004.


Behind-the-scenes video with Hayley Turner & Alex Greaves at the Investec Derby Festival 2016 photoshoot at Epsom Downs Racecourse: https://vimeo.com/phix/review/155703321/8b38f085df

Images: the following images of Hayley Turner & Alex Greaves are available in high resolution on request. Please email Katie@jsccomms.co.uk or ellie@jsccomms.co.uk



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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.