If you were to explain to a non-British Isles race-goer that you ran your most important Classic race on a switchback course with a punishing ascent followed by a roller-coaster ride of a descent and home straight, then they would stare at you with a confused look.
But this is how only Epsom can be described - home to the Derby (and its elder sister - the Oaks). The Derby has been copied all over the planet from Kentucky to Chantilly, but the original remains one of the most sustained tests of a racehorse in the world.
The place reeks of history from the famous game of cards that decided the name of the Derby, to the tragic story of Emily Davison, the suffragette who died under the hooves of King George V's Anmer in the controversial race of 1913 and all that does take into account the famous races and horses who have performed on the Downs. A must see.
The Grandstand, Epsom Downs, Surrey KT18 5LQ
Tel: 01372 726311 (Office)
Fax: 01372 748253
Course: Left-handed and undulating switchback track with easy turns and a run-in of just under four furlongs. The five-furlong spring course is downhill for most of the way and one of the fastest in the world.
By Road: The racecourse can be reached by taking the A217 (off junction 8 of the M25) or the A24 (off junction 9 of the M25).
By Rail: To Epsom, Epsom Downs or Tattenham Corner. A bus service between Epsom station and the racecourse is in operation on race days.
By Air: Helicopter landing at the course by prior arrangement only.
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