Epsom Downs Course Guide

Many consider Epsom’s famous switchback course to be the ultimate test of a thoroughbred. Runners over the Derby and Oaks distance of a mile and a half face a steep uphill climb followed by a demanding turning descent, they turn right then left and, in the home straight have to overcome a pronounced camber and a stiff last furlong to the line. It ought to produce freak results but, as 250 years of history have demonstrated, Epsom invariably identifies the best colts and fillies of their generation.

The Derby meeting – now slimmed down to two days – is the undoubted highlight of Epsom’s calendar, where other feature races include the Group 1 Coronation Cup, the Diomed Stakes, Woodcote Stakes and the five furlong ‘Dash’. The spring meeting in late April boasts two valuable and historic handicaps in the Grand Metropolitan and City and Suburban together with the Blue Riband Trial, while the rest of the Epsom season consists of enjoyable evening racing and a popular bank holiday fixture in August.


Left handed, undulating. A 'U' shaped course, which, due to its bends, camber and pronounced downhill gradients, very much favours the handy type. Races up to eight and a half furlongs are very sharp, meaning those ridden prominently hold an advantage. The five-furlong course is fastest in the world, downhill virtually throughout, and as such an early prominent pitch is essential. In testing conditions, the runners tend to switch towards the stands-side rail for the better ground.

Balance is at a premium for a horse racing around Epsom and it’s not merely a question of size. Big ones and small ones have it - and some just don’t. Whatever they’re like physically, though, they need to handle the hills, turns and cambers, as this track tests every muscle. Runners really get rolling round Tattenham Corner and, while people say suspect stayers can last home over middle distances, I reckon you have to stay the trip thoroughly to win. A sure-footed speedster is needed for the sprints.

View from the saddle: Jason Weaver
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Upcoming races
14:10 Investec Asset Finance Handicap
(Class 3) (5f)
  • Winner: Just That Lord 5/1
  • Jockey: L Morris Trainer: M J Attwater
  • Owner: Mrs M S Teversham
14:45 Investec Blue Riband Trial (Listed)
(Class 1) (1m 2f 17y)
  • Winner: Cape Of Good Hope 4/1
  • Jockey: R L Moore Trainer: A P O'Brien
  • Owner: Mrs John Magnier,Mr M Tabor & Mr D Smi
15:20 Investec Corporate & Investment Banking Great Metropolitan Handicap
(Class 3) (1m 4f 6y)
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  • Jockey: Oisin Murphy Trainer: W J Knight
  • Owner: Mr I J Heseltine
15:55 Investec City And Suburban Handicap
(Class 2) (1m 2f 17y)
  • Winner: Mountain Angel 7/2 2Fav
  • Jockey: Andrea Atzeni Trainer: R Varian
  • Owner: Mr Ziad A Galadari
16:25 Investec Wealth Novice Stakes
(Class 4) (1m 113y)
  • Winner: Le Don De Vie 10/3
  • Jockey: Oisin Murphy Trainer: A M Balding
  • Owner: Mick And Janice Mariscotti
17:00 Investec Private Banking Handicap
(Class 4) (1m 113y)
  • Winner: Multamis 16/1
  • Jockey: Jim Crowley Trainer: Owen Burrows
  • Owner: Mr Hamdan Al Maktoum

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Epsom Downs Racecourse
Epson Downs
KT18 5LQ
01372 726311

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