There’s high fashion and high stakes at the Derby

The Investec Derby Festival 2011 is set over two days, 3 and 4 June, and has a proud history that goes back to 1780.

Held on Epsom Downs for over 200 years, the Derby remains the greatest flat race in the world.

It has a worldwide following, celebrating determination, ambition, performance and joy. Watched the world over by an estimated audience of one billion across 140 countries, this sparkling attraction is attended by more than 125,000 people.

The Investec Derby Festival is an eagerly anticipated feature of the British social calendar. It is a social season hot ticket and Investec Ladies Day on Friday 3 June is an absolute must for fun, fashion and perhaps a little flutter.

2011 is the third year of our sponsorship and we are proud to be associated with such an exciting and enjoyable sporting occasion. We saw a great opportunity to become involved in an event which has such great heritage. The Investec Derby also touches people emotionally, given that it is an event with heart. We committed to a five-year sponsorship of The Investec Derby, with the hope of more to come.

It is such an eagerly anticipated feature of the British social calendar and we knew we needed time to help raise the profile even more. Year-on-year the partners and stories around the event get more exciting.

The fact that this year we may have a Royal winner adds real magic to an already momentous occasion.

With high fashion and high stakes the Investec Derby Festival is more than just a race meeting, it's an event that is truly out of the ordinary.