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Where is Epsom Downs Racecourse?
Epsom Downs is 2km south of Epsom town centre down the B290 and close to J9 of the M25.
Epsom rail station in the town centre is a 10-minute taxi ride and there are shuttles buses during the Derby Festival. Tattenham Corner is the closest station and a 10-minute walk to the track. Epsom Downs is about 20 minutes' walk away.
What is Epsom Downs Racecourse Famous For?
The first recorded race at Epsom Downs was in 1661 although evidence suggests racing started far earlier that century.
The track is most famous for hosting the Derby, the premier Classic for three-year-old colts. It was first run in 1780, one year after the Oaks.
Epsom Downs Racecourse Track Specifics
Epsom Downs is a horseshoe-shaped one and a half-mile (2400m) track which does not make a circuit. It is left-handed and very undulating, rising from the start before angling down into Tattenham Corner and the home turn. There is also a camber on the run-in demanding good balance before a slight uphill finish.
Epsom boasts a straight five-furlong (1000m) course which is largely downhill making it the fastest in the world.
Biggest Meeting's at Epsom Downs Racecourse
The two-day Derby Festival in late May or early June is the season highlight. The Oaks and the Coronation Cup for older horses share top billing on the Friday, both over the Derby trip of a mile and a half.
Then it's Derby Day with the Dash, the world's quickest sprint, also on the card. The Hill in the centre of the course is free to enter on both days but notoriously busy and rowdy. So is the action on the track with the Derby still one of the most coveted prizes in racing.
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Visit the official Epsom Downs Racecourse website for more information including upcoming race days, on-course features and more!