This year’s Derby will take place at Epsom after officials from Epsom and Walton Downs Conservators approved a plan for the racecourse to be fenced off on a Saturday in July or August, ensuring the Classic will not be moved to another venue.
Prior to the vote, the Jockey Club had confidence in the decision going its way after Surrey Police agreed a plan to place fencing around the Downs to discourage spectators from gathering outside.
Following the decision, Epsom will begin work with local authorities and bodies to finalise the staging of the Classic behind closed doors in line with government advice.
Jockey Club Group Chief Executive Delia Bushell 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.”
Councillor Jan Mason added: “This is the most famous race in the world. We don’t want it to go elsewhere. It’s vital that it’s here, retaining the home of the Derby.”