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ABOUT EPSOM DOWNS
Few events can capture the spirit of racing quite like June’s Investec Derby Festival at Epsom Downs, when spectators flood onto The Hill and into the grandstands to see champion horses battle it out for one of sport’s most famous prizes. The Investec Derby, Britain’s most valuable race, makes extraordinary demands on both horse and rider and is one of the sport’s most challenging races.
The friends of Edward Smith Stanley, the 12th Earl of Derby, contested the first Derby. The name of the race was decided by the flip of a coin between Stanley and Sir Charles Bunbury, a leading racing figure of the day. Bunbury’s horse, Diomed, would go on to win the race, providing some consolation for losing the coin toss.
Epsom Downs has benefited from a period of extensive refurbishment. Work on the Grandstand redevelopment programme began in August 2006 with a new entrance pavilion and was completed on time and officially opened on April 22nd, 2009. There are a variety of enclosures at Epsom Downs. The Hill, at the centre of the course, is where anyone can visit to experience the atmosphere on a race day. Events include a funfair, live music and a market. For a completely different experience, you could visit the Queen’s Stand and the new Duchess's Stand, situated opposite the winning post. These stands have all the facilities you’d expect from a luxury enclosure, including the Blue Riband Restaurant.
The Racecourse is situated on the North Downs, a 100-mile stretch of chalk hills that run from Hampshire through to Surrey and Kent. Part of these Downs, the Surrey Hills, have been designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and are a popular spot for walkers and ramblers.
GENERAL CONTACT NUMBERS:
Tel: 01372 726311
Hospitality: 01372 726311
Sponsorship: 01372 461353
Ticket hotline: 0344 579 3004
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London Regional Director: Phil White
General Manager: Simon Durrant