Standing on the Surrey Downs, Epsom is shaped like an elongated horseshoe. The track rises 150 feet in the first half mile then levelling out before a downhill stretch round Tattenham Corner. The straight five-furlong course is one of the fastest in the world.
In 1779, Lord Derby and Sir Charles Bunbury conceived the idea of a race to establish which horse was the best of its generation. With the Investec Derby itself, the Investec Oaks for fillies and the Investec Coronation Cup for older horses, the two-day June meeting represents the ultimate test for the thoroughbred.