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Epsom Downs

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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 inexperienced horses.

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 Society.

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 period.

Epsom Downs - Notable Races

Blue Riband Trial Stakes

Coronation Cup

Epsom Derby

Diomed Stakes

Epsom Oaks

Princess Elizabeth Stakes

Epsom Downs Stakes

Woodcote Stakes

Prince's Stand Stakes

Northern Dancer Stakes

Epsom Downs - Contact Details

You can find the Epsom Downs Racecourse in Epsom Downs, Surrey, KT18 5LQ.
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 epsom@jockeyclubracecourses.com for further information.

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