Epsom Races

Certain terms are synonymous with horseracing the world over. Among these are ‘Derby’ and ‘Oaks’, both of which are used to describe certain premier races hosted within Europe and the United States. The terms originate from races devised and hosted at Epsom Downs Racecourse and then, as today both are highlights in the flat race calendar and continue to define Epsom races as among the most popular and prestigious horseracing events in the world.

Epsom Races, inside rail Epson Downs takes its name from its location, close to the town of Epsom in Surrey and on the North Downs, which historically have provided fertile ground for horseracing. As may be expected from a location set amidst a range of hills, the course at Epsom undulates significantly and provides a real challenge for horse and rider. Regarded as one of the most difficult of flat race tracks in the world it provides a rollercoaster ride within a U-shaped track incorporating the famous bend of Tattenham Corner. Good balance, agility, and athleticism are the key requirements to do well at Epsom races.

The Derby is undoubtedly the flagship event of the season at Epsom. The most significant of the five Classics it is also the most prestigious and has the distinction of being Britain’s richest race.

The Epsom Oaks is also one of the five Classics and like the Derby is held each year in June and run over 1 mile and 4 furlongs. Both races are restricted to three year olds with the Oaks restricted to fillies only and comprising a part of the fillies Triple Crown, along with the 1000 Guineas at Newmarket and St Leger Stakes at Doncaster.

Further notable races held at Epsom include the Coronation Cup, run over the same distance as the Derby and Oaks but for horses four years and older, and the Epsom Dash, in which horses run the 5 furlong straight section of the course. Much of this section is downhill, resulting in the Epsom Dash being the fastest 5 furlong race in the world.

Any experience of Epsom races is bound to be enjoyable and memorable whichever part of the racecourse is attended and there are plenty of enclosure options to choose from. Certainly the most exclusive is the Queen’s Stand. Situated by the finishing line and with superb views over the course, it is well placed for the best of the action and with a Champagne and Seafood Bar, Tote betting facilities, a range of additional bars and eateries, and a selection of exquisite private suites too the facilities are second to none.

The new Duchess’s Stand incorporates Oaks Hall on the ground floor, the main area for racegoers with ample outlets for drinks, food and betting. Those with tickets for the Duchess’s Stand can also access the Parade Ring and all the facilities of the Derby Village during the Derby Festival.
Epsom Races, winner

Further areas for racegoers are incorporated around and into the centre of the track and being a U-shaped track, convenient access for the general public is a major part of making a day at Epsom races so special. The most famous of these areas, the Hill, is located in the centre of the course and is free for pedestrians, with a charge for vehicles. Particularly popular during the Derby festival and with a market and funfair, the Hill offers a great day out and there are amenities, betting facilities and food and drink outlets to allow all racegoers access to everything they need to make the most of their day at the races.

Epsom Races, photo finish The Lonsdale Enclosure is located at the finishing post, across from the Queen’s Stand and is ideal for viewing from open-topped buses and cars. Toilets, bookmaker and bar are available on-site. Outside of the Derby festival a further option, the Walton Enclosure, adjacent to the Lonsdale is also open to buses and cars and a hugely popular option is the Upper Tattenham which stretches from the Duchess’s Stand to Tattenham corner of the track.

Visitors to the Derby festival have additional options for race viewing, including the Tattenham Straight, a pedestrian area with live music, bookmakers, food and drink outlets and a big screen for viewing the races. A Tattenham picnic area is also available during Derby days and picnickers can make full use of all the facilities within the Tattenham Straight.

A range of race hospitality packages are available for individuals, groups and parties visiting Epsom races. Enjoy some fine dining as the perfect accompaniment to panoramic racecourse views from the Blue Riband Restaurant, a sumptuous dining facility situated on the first floor of the Queen’s Stand, or choose from a selection of other shared booking options such as the Downs View Suite, Derby Suite, Tattenham Corner, or Lammtarra Suite. Fully inclusive hospitality options are available which incorporate everything from a champagne reception and superb dining to Tote services and complimentary bar.

For the ultimate in luxury, service, style and exclusivity there is a selection of private boxes within both the Queen’s Stand and Grandstand. A single box can accommodate 16 persons seated and 24 for a buffet and double boxes are available too for larger numbers.

The unparalleled facilities and hospitality at Epsom races are equally appreciated by those who wish to host corporate meetings and private functions outside the racedays. Weddings, Christmas parties, product launches, conventions and any other style, size and scope of event can all be accommodated in characteristic Epsom style.

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