Left Hand course. Draw favours low numbers upto one and a quarter of a mile, draw favours middle numbers for the Derby course.
Epsom means only one thing to most punters The Derby can there be a more poweful race than this one. Since the first race in 1780 very little has changed tha atmosphere is electric the crowds are vibrant and don't forget the bookies in the centre of the course hoping to take all your money and the certain knowledge that like the first winner Diomed a horse will ride into the record books in a very short space of time.
Epsom is still regarded as an important training centre for horses but is fast being overtaken by Newmarket..
The Derby course is well known but you have to see it in the flesh to understand what a true test of an horse this course is. The course is described has being built in a devil's cauldron in the downs, with a long uphill rise after the start, you then sweep downhill into Tattenham corner, the dip finishes a hundred yards from the winning post then you have a strong uphill finish. If that wasn't enough you have to take into account the camber of this track which runs the length of the straight on the stands side being most severe at the dip opposite Tattersalls enclosure at this point the fall is 7.49 feet by the winning post the camber has reduced to 5.86 feet. This camber can seriously affect an horses challenge. You can now see why this is regarded as a true test for a three year old horse.
If the Derby was the only race at Epsom it would be enough but ther are several other great races the Coronation Cup, for older horses and the Oaks for 3 year old fillies both these races are over the Derby course and the same distance.
The spring meeting has been restored and features two old and rather famous handicap races The City and Surburban (1m 2F) and The Great Metropolitan which has been reduced to 1m 4f, both these races lay claim to the earliest commercially sponsored handicap races. the Metropolitan was started by Cheapside Publican Samuel Beeton who aware that Epsom was short of funds for a new race opened a subscription list in his ale house and raised £300 for what became known as the great met the following year £500 was raised and such was the success that in 1851 suburban publicans joined in and the city and sub was born.
Other races of note are the Moet and Chandon Silver Magnum Gentlemen's Handicap over the derby course, The Oaks, first run in 1779,