Derby Gala 2016
This Sunday, 3rd July, the Służewiec Racecourse will host the most prestigious, alongside the Great Warsaw Race, event of the horse racing season in Poland – Derby for the President of the Republic of Poland Cup. On this day, so much sports-related excitement will be accompanied by many other attractions, including a contest for the most beautiful hat for the ladies.
The Derby Race, for 3-year old English fullbloods with the distance of 2400 m, draws the attention and presence of many citizens of Warsaw each year. This year, 14 horses have been registered for the race (11 steeds and 3 mares). The total prize pool this year is 175,000 PLN (including 100 thousand for the first place).
Last year’s Derby Race winner, triplecrowned unbeaten Va Bank, will perform on Sunday in the race for the prize of National Lottery Chairman Award and will have a chance reference 10 victories in his career.
A total of 9 races will take place during the Derby Gala on Sunday which starts at 2 pm. In addition to the Derby race itself, two races are worth mentioning, a race for the National Lottery Chairman Award for the best 4-years old and older fullbloods (2600 m, at 4:45 pm) as well as Fryderyk Jurjewicz Memorial (1600 m, 6:30 pm).
A traditional contest for the most beautiful hat will take place among the ladies during the Derby Gala. Each year, the ladies try to outbid one another in flamboyant hats and caps, which provide an additional attraction on the day.
A special zone will be provided for the youngest ones, where the children will be able to take a ride on a merry-go-round, jump on a mini-bungee or ride ponies.
The best way to get to Służewiec is to travel by car (entrance from Puławska 266). Public transport may be used as well, the 300 line bus operating on race days between Wilanowska Station of the subway system and the Służewiec Racecourse every 30-45 minutes is particularly convenient.
A B-zone ticked on a Derby day costs 12 PLN. Tickets available at eventim.pl. Children below 13 enter the racecourse for free.