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Never been racing before? Always wanted to give it a try, but think it seems too daunting with rules and etiquette? If you're new to racing we hope the following information will help you get the most out of your day.
When you arrive (or when you buy your tickets), buy a race card and all will be explained. For each race, the horses and races will be listed with the key words and figures deciphered. If it's all still too much, just pick the one with the best name and rely on beginner's luck! The race card also contains a map of the racecourse facilities to help you get your bearings.
Also referred to as the Paddock, this is where horses are led around having been saddled, immediately before their race. Jockeys will mount the horses here. Not surprisingly this is the centre of activity, and is great for soaking up the atmosphere.
You can see all the horses for the next race, along with some of the sport's most well known jockeys, trainers and owners having their final discussions before the race. This is where you will spot television crews and pundits as they conduct interviews.
Only customers in the Queen's Stand and Duchess's stands have access to the Paddock.
You will probably fancy a flutter, and there are plenty of bookmakers and tote betting booths on the course. There are lots of complicated bets but you can keep it very simple too! The easiest way to bet is to either place a sum of money 'to win' or to place a bet 'each way' which means you will still get some money back if your horse is placed second or third. Bear in mind however that a £2 each way bet, for example, will actually cost you £4 because you pay for the place bet as well as the win.
All of our Enclosures have a view of the racecourse, so it's easy to get a good view. We also have giant screens across the course. For more information about the view from the different areas at Epsom, please visit our 'Enclosures' page.
Hopefully you will have backed the winner and you'll want to rush back to the Winner's Circle when they are led in! The first four home will be led back down the track to the Queen's Stand and the winner triumphantly enters the Winner's Circle. There's always a great buzz, especially after big races and you'll be able to see the horses being welcomed back by theirs owner and trainer. After most races there will be trophy presentations to the winning owners, trainers and jockeys and sometimes interviews so you can catch all the post race drama.
You'll be surprised how quickly time goes but if you have time, there are all kinds of good spots to eat and drink. Our hospitality offers start from £60 per person + VAT. We also have a Bistro Offer which is available to book in advance or turn up on the day, we do suggest that you get there early as it gets busy quickly. If, however, you want to be informal there are snack bars and food vendors aplenty.
The majority of the bars close during the last race. In the Queen's Stand and Derby Village (Derby Village - Investec Derby Festival only), bars close 45 minutes after the last race.