Epsom clears hurdle to hold Derby
Local officials have approved a move that ensures the Investec Derby will be staged at its Epsom home on a Saturday in either July or August.
The Classic is set to be run at its traditional venue this year after councillors unanimously approved an application to stage the contest behind closed doors in the summer, dependant on UK horse racing being given final approval to return next month.
Jockey Club Racecourses had placed an application requesting permission to hold the prestigious race, and the Oaks on the same day, as part of a seven-race card, along with restricting access to the site in Surrey, which contains some public footpaths and bridleways.
Delia Bushell, group chief executive of the Jockey Club, said: "We are working hard on a practical and deliverable plan to stage the 2020 Investec Derby and Investec Oaks at their traditional home, without a crowd and once racing is approved to resume by government.
"I'd like to express my sincere thanks to the Epsom and Walton Downs Conservators for their backing today. These two Classics play a vital role in the thoroughbred racing and breeding industries, so it's of great importance for them to be able to go ahead during this difficult period.
"Our teams now look forward to working with the British Horseracing Authority and local authorities to bring our plan to life."
Aidan Perkins is a senior journalist that specialises in football stories. Aidan, a Liverpool fan, also has a broad knowledge of several other sports.