TOWCESTER CHANGES DATES TO AVOID CLASH

Ian Fortune

Following negative feedback, Towcester has changed the dates for the English Derby for the second time in a week.

The competition was due to conclude on July 17th but a clash with the British Grand Prix at Silverstone was causing a real headache for those seeking accommodation.

As a result, a request was made to the GBGB to bring the competition forward a week, meaning the £175,000 final will now take place on July 10th. The classic will commence on the weekend of June 4th and 5th

Speaking to the Racing Post yesterday, Nathan Cordon spoke of the decision, “I was pushing for the final to be on July 17 so I take full responsibility."

"Our main focus had been on the gap between the English Derby/Irish Derby and maintaining that, but we are more than happy to listen to feedback.

"Over the weekend we became aware of the difficulties people were having in booking accommodation because of the Grand Prix also being scheduled for that weekend and we've acted quickly to hopefully rectify that.

"The British Grand Prix was actually in August last year, but that was a Covid-delayed scheduled and, while this year's date remains provisional, it seems pretty certain that it is going to be on Sunday, July 18.

"We're grateful to the GBGB for listening to our request and being understanding and flexible in agreeing to another change to the schedule but this definitely the last one we intend to make!"