Epsom Downs Racecourse is amongst the most prestigious racecourses in the world, known mostly for its showpiece fixture, The Epsom Derby, which offers the biggest prize pool in British horse racing.
With a share of over £1.6 million up for grabs in The Epsom Derby Stakes Flat Race at the most recent full-scheduled Epsom Derby Festival, this race at Epsom Downs Racecourse is one of the most intense, high-octane horse races in the world.
It’s not all about The Derby at Epsom Downs though – they have a series of race days and meetings that take place throughout the year, including The Spring Meeting, The August Afternoon Racing, The Glass Times Race Day and The Season Finale.
Each and every one of these exceptional meetings offer a thrilling racecard and a fantastic opportunity to place some lucrative bets on some high-quality horse racing action.
Taking into account those watching from the nearby free public access areas of The Epsom Downs, the capacity of Epsom Downs Racecourse is a staggering 130,000 spectators.
Added to the racecourse in 2009, The Duchess’s Stand alone can accommodate up to 11,000 spectators and offers one of the best views of the racecourse at Epsom Downs.
1 mile, 4 furlongs and 17 yards, the length of The Epsom Derby Stakes Flat Race, is a distance commonly contested throughout the flat racing season at Epsom Downs Racecourse.
The shortest distance race that takes place at Epsom Downs Racecourse throughout their entire racing calendar is The ‘Dash’ Handicap Flat Race that takes place on Day Two, Derby Day, during The Epsom Derby Festival every June.
Here are the track distances of the most notable and featured races that are run at Epsom Downs Racecourse throughout the year:
The Blue Riband Trial
The Blue Riband Trial Flat Race takes place during Epsom’s Spring Meeting every April and runs 1 mile, 2 furlongs and 17 yards of Epsom Downs Racecourse.
The Epsom Oaks
The Epsom Oaks Flat Race takes place on Day One of The Epsom Derby Festival every June and runs 1 mile, 4 furlongs and 6 yards of Epsom Downs Racecourse.
The Epsom Derby
The Epsom Derby Flat Race takes place on Day Two of The Epsom Derby Festival every June and runs 1 mile, 4 furlongs and 6 yards of Epsom Downs Racecourse.
The Jump Jockeys’ Derby Handicap
The Jump Jockeys’ Derby Handicap Flat Race takes place during The Glass Times Race Day every September and runs 1 mile, 4 furlongs and 6 yards of Epsom Downs Racecourse.
The Season Finale Handicap
The Season Finale Handicap Flat Race takes place during Epsom’s Season Finale meeting every September and runs 1 mile, 2 furlongs and 17 yards of Epsom Downs Racecourse.
With no hurdle races or steeplechases, flat races are the only race type that takes place at Epsom Downs Racecourse. With no obstacles for horses to negotiate during these races, they become strictly about speed and timing.
“Flat race” does not mean there are no hills or corners involved, though, and these races can still be ruthless tests of the skill and ability of the horses and jockeys that are involved.
Epsom Downs Racecourse offers a plethora of enclosures, stands and viewing areas, so you can have the perfect day at the races, whatever your race day preferences may be.
In addition to The Grandstand, here are a few more of the exquisite race viewing options available at Epsom Downs Racecourse:
The Queen’s Stand
With a ticket in Epsom’s most premium viewing stand, you can follow the horses all the way to the track from the Parade Ring before setting up camp on the steppings or in the Queen’s Stand Lawn to watch the races.
With direct views of the finishing straight and Winning Post, you’ll be able to watch the world’s best thoroughbreds storm home to glory and then indulge in the festivities in the Winner’s Circle.
The Moet & Chandon Terrace
Want to elevate your Derby Festival experience? The best atmosphere can be found on the Moet & Chandon Terrace, which is located inside the Queen’s Stand enclosure. Enjoy the high-quality horse racing and explore the Moet & Chandon menu, beginning with a fresh champagne cocktail, while a live DJ provides the soundtrack to your day.
The Lonsdale Enclosure
With the Lonsdale situated on the opposite side of the track from the Stands, you have the opportunity to choose your viewing position along the finishing straight all the way up to the winner’s post.
While you are welcome to bring your own picnics, bookmakers, food, and beverage concessions are located in this area to enrich your experience.
The Upper Tattenham Enclosure
From the stunning trackside view stretching from the Stands to the iconic Tattenham Corner, cheer on your horse as it turns the pivotal Tattenham Corner into the straight, galloping towards the Winning Post.
Upgrade your Epsom Downs Racecourse experience with an affordable hospitality package for a truly unforgettable day – we promise you’ll get your money’s worth.
Check out Epsom’s restaurant packages to include first-class fine dining with your Epsom Downs experience, which include stunning views of the racecourse, excellent dining offerings, complimentary bars, and much more.
Alternatively, for a truly luxury experience, whatever the reason, private box packages are the perfect way to enjoy the Epsom Races in extraordinary style. Available to parties of 20 guests and above, private box packages offer incredible value with all of the following included:
- Champagne Reception and tempting canapés on arrival
- A choice between a three-course seated lunch or a relaxed buffet menu, depending on guest numbers
- Traditional afternoon tea sandwiches and homemade scones
- British artisan cheeseboard
- Complimentary bar including Champagne, beers, wines, premium spirits and soft drinks
- A private box located on the second floor of the Duchess’s Stand
- Private balcony with unrivalled views of the finishing straight
- Access to a shared balcony with views of the Parade Ring and London skyline
- Admission to the Grandstand Enclosure for a taste of the atmosphere and a secondary vantage point
- Access to Tote betting facility
- Seated menu for 20 or 40 guests
- Buffet menu for 25 or 50 guests
- Car parking passes (1 per 4 guests)
- And plenty more benefits