Epsom Downs Racecourse
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The home of the Derby and the Oaks, there has been racing on Epsom Downs in Surrey since 1779 but famous Tattenham Corner, the sweeping turn into the home straight and the point at which suffragette Emily Davison threw herself in front of the King George V’s horse Anmer in 1913, wasn’t part of the course until 1784. Races over a mile-and-a-half being run in a straight line from the end of a sprint course until that time.
Up until 1995, the Derby was traditionally run on a Wednesday but is now run on the first Saturday in June with the Oaks usually being staged a day earlier. An undulating and turning left-handed track, there’s a noticeable gradient up the home straight at Epsom and not every horse handles the track. Low numbers are normally preferred in large fields in races up to a mile, though jockeys do swing wide around Tattenham Corner on soft ground and head for the stands’ rail where the ground is higher and often quicker. On the 5f sprint course, reputedly the fastest in the country, high numbers are normally best. The aforementioned classics, the Derby and Oaks, are the features at the main meeting in June but the Coronation Cup is also a Group 1 while the Diomed Stakes, Surrey Stakes and Woodcote Stakes carry decent prize money. The Epsom Dash features some of the country’s speediest handicappers but experience can be key as it is usually a six-year-old or older that carries off the spoils, though you want to be looking for a horse that has run in Listed class or above previously.
John Bridger and Sir Mark Prescott’s runners generally do well and Richard Hannon’s two-year-olds often find a race here. Scott Dixon’s older horses also have a decent record.
The nearest railway station to the Jockey Club-owned track is Tattenham Corner, though Epsom Downs is only a mile away and has direct services to London Waterloo and London Victoria. The entrance to the course is on the B290 Epsom Downs Road, close to junction 9 of the M25.
Sunday 25th September Results
Thursday 8th September Results
Tuesday 30th August Results
Monday 29th August Results