Epsom Racecourse has been the home The Derby Festival since 1780 and is one of the most famous courses in the world as well as being one of the best. That has been added to when in 2009, the opening of the £38million new Duchess's Stand making it an exciting year at Epsom Downs. The new stand features a 120 bedroom hotel attached to it which is sure to be popular with race-goers when The 2017 Epsom Derby is run on June 6th.
The Derby course itself is run over a horse shoe shape which the horses go round left handed. It is an undulating course and provides a tough test for horses particularly over The Derby distance of a mile and a half.
Particularly tough on these three year olds is Tattenham Corner which is on the final bend of the course as the horse come at full pelt down the steep hill. As most commentators suggest if the authorities where considering where to stage the race today then Epsom would probably be the last place they would select because of the difficulty this test offers to these inexperienced horses.
This makes The Derby one of the toughest races to win and one of the most exciting to watch in the world of racing. Some have accused the course of being too difficult while others say it befits such a top race which features the top thoroughbreds around.