Derby firsts and inspirational women

Investec Derby Festival


The Derby has been shaped by incredible achievements, and by the pioneering women who forged the way.

  • The Investec Derby Festival is the world's oldest continually run sporting event. Its 240-year history has seen incredible moments, on and off the track, driven by partnerships, preparation and elite performance.
  • The Derby at Epsom has played host to many inspirational women, who defied convention to accomplish great feats, adding to the unique story that makes this the most prestigious event in the racing calendar.

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