Investec Derby Festival


Between a jockey and a horse, a trainer and an owner or an adviser and client, partnership and collaboration help winners to run a different race.

  • Whether it's a father and son teaming up to win Britain's richest horse race, an owner and a trainer working to fill the field with potential winners, or a corporate banker finding the best deal for his client's business, partnerships are key to finding a way to win.
  • For the past 10 years sponsoring the world's greatest flat race, we've seen the power of close partnerships in bringing success; it's the same level of understanding we look to achieve with our clients, from private banking, corporate banking, wealth investment and asset management.


‘Somebody that you like you'll work better with and the results will be better’

Watch as Aidan O'Brien, who has won at Epsom six times as a trainer, and his son Joseph, who has ridden to victory twice, reveal the important role that partnerships play in the Investec Derby.

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Hugo Palmer

The trainer’s view: the bonds that build a champion thoroughbred

At the highest level of flat racing, partnerships are crucial to achieving success. Thoroughbred trainer Hugo Palmer explains how these bonds are formed - and how they translate to extraordinary performances.

Hugo Palmer
Aidan and Joseph O'Brien

‘Joseph rode him very cool. It’s a hard thing to do on a short priced favourite’

Aidan and Joseph O’Brien look back on the day that their Ballydoyle partnership became the first father/son combination to win the Epsom Derby

Frankie Dettori

‘It’s up to you to become friends with him with your body language’

Frankie Dettori rode 14 mounts in the world’s greatest flat race before finally triumphing on Authorized, winning the Investec Derby in 2007. How do a horse and jockey form the partnership that will take them to victory?
Frankie Dettori

More from the Investec Derby

Derby firsts and inspirational women

Remembering the incredible achievements that shaped the Derby, and the pioneering women who defied convention to accomplish great feats and forge the way for others to follow.

The importance of preparation

Winners are forged from meticulous preparation. Innovative technologies, training methods and even nutrition can give winners the edge they need to leave the pack behind.

The Investec Derby Festival 2018

Friday 1 June

Ladies’ day

Saturday 2 June

Derby day

Epsom Downs

Home of the Derby for 239 years

Ladies' Day sees exhilarating racing, open only to fillies, alongside glamour, high fashion and sumptuous hospitality.

This unique event in the sporting calendar culminates in Britain's richest horse race, the Investec Derby.

Epsom Downs racecourse is easy to access by road or rail. Find out how to arrive at the world's greatest flat race.