Standing on the Surrey Downs, Epsom is shaped like an elongated horseshoe. The track rises 150 feet in the first half mile then levelling out before a downhill stretch round Tattenham Corner. The straight five-furlong course is one of the fastest in the world.
In 1779, Lord Derby and Sir Charles Bunbury conceived the idea of a race to establish which horse was the best of its generation. With the Derby itself, the Oaks for fillies and the Coronation Cup for older horses, the two-day June meeting represents the ultimate test for the thoroughbred.
Left-hand course which is sharp and very undulating. The sprint course is all downhill and probably the fastest in the country. Many horses are not suited to the track but front runners do well along with course specialists.