Epsom Downs offers a summer season of great afternoon and evening Flat racing from April to October and is home to Flat racing’s ‘Blue Riband’ event, the Investec Derby, the most famous of Britain’s 5 Classic races as well as the Investec Oaks for the fillies.
This historic race dates back to 1780 and represents the culmination of style and sophistication, set alongside some exhilarating racing.
Epsom Downs is a premier Grade 1 racecourse owned by the Jockey Club situated on the North Downs at Epsom in Surrey. With a crowd capacity of 130,000 racegoers, Epsom Downs is famous for thoroughbred flat horse racing, and in particular for hosting the prestigious Derby and Oaks each year in June, with the former popularly known as the richest flat race in Britain.
A traditional ‘downs’ course, Epsom Racecourse hosts 11 top-class flat racing fixtures over the summer from the start of June to the end of September. The racecourse has immense historical importance, with the first race being held here way back in 1661. The course has enjoyed a long association with the British Royal Family, with the Queen attending the Epsom Derby most years.
The Investec Derby Festival run over 2 days in early June is one of the the greatest British Summer flat racing celebrations, the highlights being the Oaks and the Coronation Cup on Day 1 – Ladies Day, and the centrepiece of the festival, The Derby on Day 2.