spring meeting at epsom

Photo: Epsom Downs Racecourse

Horse Racing

Spring Meeting at Epsom Downs Racecourse

🏇 The Flat racing season steps up a gear as the famous Epsom Downs course hosts its first meeting of the year.  

NEWSFLASH: The 2024 Spring Meeting at Epsom is a wrap!  Check out our HORSE RACING section here for more events coming up in or around London.

CONGRATULATIONS to Bellum Justum who won the Blue Riband Trial at the Spring Meeting at Epsom.  Trained by Andrew Balding and ridden by Oisin Murphy, three-year-old Bellum Justum beat off the challenge of Defiance and 4/5 favourite Chief Little Rock.  Remember the name!


The waiting is over for the season-opener at Epsom Downs which has the Blue Riband Derby Trial as the centrepiece of an eagerly anticipated afternoon of racing.  Will a Derby winner be on show in the big race on the card?  It’s possible!  Tickets are on sale now for the Spring meeting at Epsom.

At exactly midday the gates will open at this iconic racecourse in the Surrey countryside.  Home of the most famous Flat race in the world, the first race at 1.50pm will mark the beginning of the competitive season which reaches a climax with the Epsom Derby Festival taking place on Friday 31 May and Saturday 1 June.

The feature race of the day is at 2.25pm.  The Blue Riband Derby Trial is unique in offering the winner an automatic entry to The Derby and has a prize pot of £50,000. 

There have been some quality winners of the race and none more so than 2017 winner Cracksman.  The John Gosden-trained colt, ridden by Frankie Dettori, went on to win The Derby followed by the Champion Stakes at Ascot to finish the year as the top-rated three-year-old horse in the world.

Last year saw the Godsen and Dettori partnership strike once again with Epictetus taking the spoils in what was Dettori’s final appearance in the race after announcing his UK retirement.

Today’s six-race card also boasts a number of valuable and competitive handicaps from which the winners are often horses to follow over the season.


🎟️ Tickets are on sale via the ‘Get Tickets’ link.  Use promo code SPRING24 at the checkout page to save £10 off adult tickets!

Under 18s are free when accompanied by an adult.  A ticket must be booked for each U18 at the time of the main purchase.

🎟️🎫 Hospitality options are available.  Email premium@sportonspec.co.uk with ‘Spring meeting Epsom’ in the subject box for price/package info OR complete the short form here. 

🗝️ Gates open at 12pm.  

🏇 First race at 1.50pm.

🏇 Last race at 4.45pm.

🚊🚗 Travel tips: Public Transport is recommended.  Epsom station is the largest nearby station.  It’s served by South West Trains and Southern Trains, with connections from London Waterloo & London Victoria.  Take a 10 minute taxi or bus ride from the station.  Tattenham Corner station is approximately 1/2 mile walk to the racecourse.  Epsom Downs station is approximately 1 mile walk to the racecourse.   For train times visit the National Rail website or call 08457 48 49 50.

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