|In 1816, Epsom the town became well known when a local farmer began
watering his cattle on the copious amounts of naturally occurring
mineral rich water in the area. News of this 'miracle' water located on
the Downs soon brought droves of people to the area and it was here that
the first race recorded horse race took place.
The 12th Earl of Derby, Edward Smith Stanley was the organiser of this
inaugural filly's race which was arranged merely for a bit of fun for
him and his friends. He named the race "The Oaks" (which was the name of
his Estate). The race proved to be so successful that the next year he
included a new race in which both colts and fillies could take place...
Thus began the Epsom Derby.
The Epsom Derby was run over a mile. Tattenham Corner was included in
1784 when the racetrack was extended. The undulating racecourse is known
to be a difficult one, which truly tests the stamina of not only
In more current history, the Epsom Downs Grandstand was included in a
James Bond movie; Goldeneye - it however was not appearing as itself,
but as the St. Petersburg Airport in Russia.
|Epsom Downs is home to the third biggest training venue in the United
Kingdom. There are a number of trainers who use the venue, Simon Down
and Laura Mongan to name two and it is run by the Epsom Trainers
Public consultations regarding the refurbishment or replacement of the
grandstand were held in 2005. The first part of the redevelopment has
been completed; the Rosebery Stand has been razed and a new Entrance
Pavilion has been built. The second phase is currently underway, this
includes the tearing down of the grandstand and buildings built in 1914.
The new grandstand is likely to have a seating capacity of almost 11
000, a luxurious under-cover banqueting suite as well as a restaurant
and is due for completion in 2009.
All horseracing is set to continue as per usual during this renovation
Epsom Downs - Notable Races
Blue Riband Trial Stakes
Princess Elizabeth Stakes
Epsom Downs Stakes
Prince's Stand Stakes
Northern Dancer Stakes
Epsom Downs - Contact Details
You can find the Epsom Downs Racecourse in Epsom Downs, Surrey,
The racecourse is easy to find as the Epsom Downs railway line and
the Tattenham Corner railway stations both serve the area.
Their telephone number is 01372 726311 or you can
email them on email@example.com for further
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