Epsom Downs Racecourse in England
Situated in the heart of Epsom Downs, the Epsom Downs Racecourse is often referred to as the cradle of British horse racing. This world-class horse racing facility is surrounded by breathtaking scenery and is one of the most famous race courses in the world. It is also one of the most testing trips in flat horse racing, with the horseshoe shaped Derby course of a mile and a half being run in a left-handed direction.
The course is sharp and
has some undulations. A right-handed rise of approximately a hundred and forty feet begins
soon after the race commences. After about three furlongs to the top of the hill, the field
descends and enters the finishing straight of about three and a half furlongs. The final
bend into the home straight, known as Tattenham Corner, is notoriously tight.
Although first race at the Downs was held in 1661, formal horse racing started here
in 1779, when one of today’s greatest sporting events was established. The 12th Earl
of Derby organized an event for his friends to race their three-year-old fillies over one
and a half miles. He named it the Oaks after his estate. The race became so successful
that the following year a new race was added for colts and fillies. This was the origin
of the Epsom Derby, run here since 1780. The track was over a mile with the starting
point in a straight line beyond the current five-furlong marker. The Tattenham Corner
was introduced in 1784, when the course was extended to its current distance of a mile
and a half. Today the Epsom Downs racecourse offers exciting horse racing and entertainment from April to October.
The highlight of the season is of course the Derby, traditionally held over the first weekend in June.
It is a combination of fun, fashion and exciting racing.
The Epsom Downs Racecourse has four enclosures to watch the thrills unfold. The Queens Stand is situated along the straight run and winning post, offering impressive views
of the racecourse along with excellent facilities. The Blue
Riband Restaurant and other bars and catering outlets provide nourishment for the body while the action on
the course thrills the heart. The current Club Enclosure is incorporated in the Grandstand enclosure and
offers members special facilities. It is possible to book in advance for exclusive reserved seats complete with bar, snack
and TOTE facilities to make it a memorable day at the races. One has access to the grandstand
terracing with its excellent views of racing, as well as the downs, parade ring and winners enclosure. There are
a variety of bars and catering outlets selling hot food and snacks along with your beverage of choice. The Coach Enclosure and the informal Hill
provide fun and entertainment in a laid-back casual setting.