Horse racing in Surrey - courses, horses and events
PUBLISHED: 18:57 09 July 2012 | UPDATED: 09:14 12 July 2014
Home to one of the world's greatest horse races, Surrey has four thriving racecourses which now offer a lively calendar of music and top hospitality alongside their racing offering
Epsom Downs racecourse
Epsom Downs, Surrey KT18 5LQ
Tel: 01372 726 311
Racing has been taking place on Epsom Downs since the 17th century, with the first running of The Oaks taking place in 1779 and The Derby a year later. Since that time the Investec Derby has developed into the world's greatest flat race and is now part of the vibrant Investec Derby Festival. In 2012, the Queen launched her Diamond Jubilee celebrations at the Derby.
Sandown Park racecourse
Portsmouth Road, Esher, Surrey KT10 9AJ
Tel: 01372 464348
Just a short trot from the town centre is one of the UK’s best known racecourses, Sandown Park. Founded in 1875, it was also the Queen Mother’s favourite course. As well as horse racing, there are a few even livelier ways to spend the day there too. Everyone from F1 superstars to Freddie Flintoff via hopefuls on The Apprentice have tried their hands at Daytona motorsport karting at Sandown Park, and then there’s skiing and snowboarding as well.
Lingfield Park racecourse
Racecourse Road, Lingfield, Surrey RH7 6PQ
Tel: 01342 834800
In 1890, Lingfield Park racecourse was opened by the Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII) who allowed Lingfield Park to incorporate the Prince of Wales feathers in its official heading. The racecourse initially opened purely for jump racing but, in 1894, was granted permission to also operate as a flat racing venue. The first Derby Trial Stakes was run in 1932 and was swiftly followed by the first Oaks Trial and both still feature annually in one of their most prestigious racedays in May.
Kempton Park racecourse
Staines Road East, Sunbury on Thames, Surrey TW16 5AQ
Tel: 01932 782292
Established in 1878, Kempton Park is just 16 miles from the city of London and steeped in history. Hosting quality horse racing all year round – jump racing from October to April, and afternoon and evening flat racing on the all-weather track throughout the year - the highlight of Kempton Park’s racing calendar is the King George VI Chase held every Boxing Day as part of the William Hill Winter Festival.
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