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Jockey Club Catering matches pace of Derby demand

The 16-1 shot Masar cheered its punters and the bookies with a stunning victory over the odds-on favourite in the Derby on Saturday (2 June), a warm day that saw visitors flock to the Epsom course.

Jockey Club Catering catered for an estimated 125,000 race-goers who attended the Investec Derby Festival between 1-2 June 2018 and the events teams – given over 5,000 hours of training - and spaces were tested as never before.

A team of 120 chefs helped prepare a range of menus that focused on seasonal and regional ingredients, delivering over 6,000 fine-dining hospitality lunches, as well as 3,500 freshly prepared afternoon teas.  

In the Grandstand Enclosure, the team created a street-food market, while a MOET Champagne Terrace was new for 2018.

The scale of the event saw Jockey Club Catering serve an estimated:

  • 500kg of British beef sourced from Surrey Farm
  • 1,200 cheese boards and 4,000 handmade race horse shaped biscuits.

Nick Campbell, managing director at Jockey Club Catering, commented: “The Epsom Investec Derby Festival is one of the highlights in the UK’s sporting calendar. Wesourced the best local suppliers and talent at Epsom Racecourse.” 

This year, Jockey Club Catering raised over £5,000 for local charity partner The Children’s Trust, a leading charity for children with brain injuries.

Jockey Club Catering is a joint venture between The Jockey Club, the largest commercial group in British racing, and Compass Group UK & Ireland.