Memorial for Property Race Day founder


A memorial service is to be held in June for Property Race Day founder Derek Lucie-Smith.

Lucie-Smith was the former chief executive of Gresham House, whose love of horse racing, and in particular his association with the celebrated thoroughbred Paco Boy, led him to set up the annual summer networking event.

Lucie-Smith, affectionately known as “Del Boy”, helped develop Property Race Day from an annual gathering of 400 professionals at Sandown 10 years ago to a 1,000-strong event at Ascot, which has raised £1.2m for childrens’ charities.

This year’s event, to be held in July, sold out within two days.

Friends and colleagues of Lucie-Smith are invited to attend the memorial service on 9 June, at The Holy Trinity Brompton, SW7, at 11.30am. A wake will be held after the service at The Phene, 9 Phene Street, SW3.

Lucie-Smith died in January after a long battle with cancer.

Photo credit: Charlie Wheeler

Celebrating a decade of Property Race Day

Photo credit: Charlie Wheeler
Photo credit: Charlie Wheeler

Industry guests toasted 10 years of Property Race Day at a high-spirited soirée at London’s Turf Club, SW1, on 25 February.

Long-standing supporters of the summer networking event at Ascot Racecourse joined members of the organising committee and charity representatives to celebrate a decade of success, particularly the £1.5m it has helped raise for children’s charities.

Guests including Helical Bar’s Mike Slade, former chief executive of Bilfinger GVA Rob Bould and racing commentator Mike Cattermole also paid tribute to the late Derek Lucie-Smith, a former chief executive of Gresham House, who co-founded Property Race Day with David Erwin, partner at Dunluce Property, and John Hall, managing partner at Hamilton Partners.

This year’s Property Race Day is on Friday 10 July.