New To Racing Guide

Racing Explained

There's nothing like a day at the races for excitement, thrills and quality entertainment.

First time coming racing? Visit Racing Explained to find out more about different types of racing, how to place a bet, the language you might hear and what there is to do around the racecourse.

There is also an app for Android and iPhone which can help you get the most from your day. 

Before you leave

Check our FAQs of the website to find out more about dress codes, parking and travel information and of course don’t forget to buy your tickets!

On arrival

When you arrive, 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.

The Parade Ring

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.

Watching the race

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.

After the race

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.

Between races

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. If there's space in our Blue Riband Restaurant it will be possible 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, bars close 45 minutes after the last race.

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