Derby Day

May 27th 2015
By: Jon
Derby Day

Amongst other races, Epsom Downs is home to the Derby.  On Saturday 6th June, the gates will open at 11am to allow all the finely dressed ticket holders into the Queen’s Stand and Duchess’s Stand to view and bet on the thoroughbreds racing throughout the day.

The Jockey Club lists it as ‘the greatest flat race in the world, and one of Great Britain’s most traditional days out’.  The dress code for the Stands is strict, and with the world’s television cameras picking out their favourites, it’s a fashion show as much as it is focussed on the horses.

Seven races are run over varying lengths from 6 furlongs to a mile and 4 furlongs throughout the day.  With the ‘Investec Derby’ run at 4:30pm.

If you want to soak up the atmosphere without dressing up in formal dress, then take a walk into the middle of the course.  There are big television screens to help keep an eye on the riders and catering vans if you don’t want to take your own picnics.

Betting facilities are available on both sides of the course.  There are the totes as well as the on course ‘bookies’.  For advice for first timers, have a look at the Epsom Downs Jockey Club webside – there’s a breakdown of all the abbreviations as well as hints and tips for what to look for.

And just in case you were wondering, a furlong is 201.168m/220 yards.