The premier Classic event, the Betfred Derby, was marred by a reckless protester who broke onto the track in the early stages of the race, endangering both horses and riders. Despite security teams’ swift response to remove him from the home straight, moments later another woman attempted to jump over a fence near the grandstand but was apprehended.
Animal Rising Threatens To Disrupt The Race And Causes Chaos Instead
Prior to this incident, Animal Rising had threatened to “cancel or severely delay” the race. However, despite their assurances that they would not jeopardize safety during races on multiple occasions earlier on social media platforms, their presence at Epsom Downs Racecourse caused chaos instead.
Thankfully though Auguste Rodin secured victory for Aidan O’Brien and Ryan Moore as planned.
Jockey Club Takes Action Against Animal Rights Activists
Last week before The Derby took place ,The Jockey Club gained an injunction against activists group ‘Animal Risings’. Chief Executive Nevin Truesdale stated his intention to enforce it after Sunday’s events saying “This reckless and illegal behaviour which threatened the safety of our equine and human athletes is a breach of High Court injunction which prohibits trespass”. He added that there will be consequences for those involved in breaking this court order including prosecution fines or even prison time if necessary.
Surrey Police Arrested 31 Protesters
Police arrested 31 protesters attempting to disrupt the Derby, including 12 in the grounds. Eleven were arrested at addresses in Mitcham and Byfleet following warrants based on intelligence received ahead of the Epsom Derby Festival. A further eight people were apprehended after their vehicle was stopped on Canons Lane in Burgh Heath around 10:20 am.
All individuals involved have been arrested for conspiracy to commit public nuisance .