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A Short Guide to Epsom Downs Racecourse

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Epsom Racecourse : Epsom Downs Racecourse, Epsom Downs, Surrey, KT18 5LQ

Epsom Downs is a Grade 1 racecourse near Epsom, Surrey, the course is best known for hosting the Epsom Derby, the UK’s premier horse race for three-year-old colts and fillies over a mile and a half. It also hosts the Epsom Oaks the top race for three-year-old fillies over the same distance.

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The first recorded race held on the Epsom Downs was in the 17th century, however it is likely racing took place well before that. In 1779, the Earl of Derby organised a race for himself and his friends to race their three-year-old fillies. 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 – the Epsom Derby. In 1784 the course was extended to its current distance of a mile and a half and Tattenham Corner was introduced.

The Derby and the Oaks have a long and fascinating history which include the famous incident in 1913 when the suffragette Emily Davison threw herself in front of King George V’s horse. Davison was badly injured and died four days later.

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Course Description
The 1 mile 4 furlong course is horseshoe shaped and run left handed. The course is sharp and has some undulations. The final bend into the home straight is very tight and known as Tattenham Corner.

Facilities

For non Investec Derby meetings, the entrance ticket allows you access to all areas within the Queens Stand and the Grandstand.

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For the Investec Derby the following enclosures are available :

The Queen’s Stand

The premier enclosure which is on the finishing line and above the weighing room with prime viewing of the Winner’s Circle. You can access the Parade Ring and follow horses all the way to the track before taking up a spot to watch the race on the steppings or the Queen’s Stand Lawn.
Ticket holders can also access the Duchess’s Stand giving you additional access to bookmakers’ as well main public betting hall and Champagne lawn.

The Grandstand

The Grandstand, where the Duchess’s Stand is located allows you access to the bookmakers’ ring and extensive steppings to take in all the action.
There are also a number of reserved seats for the Investec Derby Festival which you can book with your admission ticket for the day and this will guarantee you a seat for the day.
The Grandstand gives you additional access to the Paddock and Bookmakers’ facilities.

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The Lonsdale Enclosure

Opposite the main stands, the Lonsdale Enclosure is the grass enclosure where you can get right up to the rails and see the horses thunder past. This is a very popular enclosure as you’re right in front of all the action.
Food and drink for own consumption can be taken into this area.

The Upper Tattenham Enclosure

This is one of the enclosures that allows a view all the way down to the Tattenham Corner, there are betting facilities and Food and drink for own consumption can be brought into this area.

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Family Enclosure on The Hill

The Family Enclosure On The Hill is a new enclosure designed to provide families with the opportunity to enjoy the renowned atmosphere of the Downs in a safe, family friendly environment.
With access to exclusive toilet facilities, bars, betting facilities, picnic tables, catering units serving a variety of options and a big screen to watch the racing, this is a way for adults and children alike to experience one of Britain’s biggest days out in a comfortable, family environment. Plus, there is a host of complimentary entertainment to keep the kids occupied and exercised throughout the day.
Food and drink for own consumption can also be brought into this enclosure at no cost.

Dress Code

When Non Investec Derby meetings there is a general smart casual dress code. Jackets and trousers with a collared shirt are encouraged but smart denim and smart trainers are acceptable.

Investec Derby meeting – There are specific dress codes for some of the enclosures .

Directions
By Car: The course is a few minutes from Epsom Town Centre on the B290 Epsom Downs Road. From the M25 the course is just off of junction 9. AA signs mark all major approach routes.

By Rail: The nearest station is Epsom where it is only a short bus or taxi ride to the course. Alternatively, Tattenham Corner Station from London Victoria only, is a half mile walk to the course.

If you would like further information , visit the Epsom racecourse website here

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