Racing Days The Virtual Way

By Gemma Moyle

Being based in the heart of Epsom, we can’t escape the excitement that builds for the Epsom Derby Day in the town each year. In the weeks leading up to the horseracing weekend the town centre is filled with bunting and flags, the roads are deep cleaned, shops create special ‘Derby’ themed window displays and there is a general buzz around the town. This year though, it will be slightly different. This year, the races are going virtual.

With heavy restrictions still placed on large events, sporting events such as horseracing have been allowed to go ahead, but without any on-site spectators. Not wanting the thousands of guests to miss out on the fun of the races, racing organisers The Jockey Club decided they would make their Summer 2020 racing programme virtual. Showcasing all races behind closed doors at renowned racecourses such as Epsom Downs, Kempton Park and Sandown Park, a full Summer programme of afternoon, evening and weekend virtual racing is available to watch.

On Saturday 4th July, viewers will be able to live stream all of the key Derby Day races including the Investec Oaks and the Investec Derby from the comfort of their own home. But, going virtual doesn’t mean we have to miss out on all the fun of the races that we look forward to each year! At Oracle, we will all be celebrating the Derby from our own homes, and here’s how you can get involved too:

Create your own racing day cocktail – The Derby Spritz cocktail is a famous cocktail exclusive to the Epsom Derby. You can create your very own at home by using lemonade, pink gin, prosecco and strawberries, so you can relax with family and enjoy a day of racing in your garden with a tipple in hand!

Dress to impress – Even though you might just be in your garden, why not make your day of virtual racing feel even more like the real thing by dressing as you would for a real race day? Dress to impress in a three-piece suit or fancy dress and fascinator, and be the best dressed family in your street! You could even hold your very own Ladies Day style awards within your household.

Enjoy a Great British Picnic – July is so what better way to celebrate an afternoon of British horseracing than with a traditional English picnic in the garden? Start with a refreshing starter such as hummus and crudités, enjoy traditional finger sandwiches for a main, and finish it off with some scones and jam for dessert. Oh, and let’s not forget the bubbly or Pimms!