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SUNBURY and SUNBURY ON THAMES
People, places and things of interest in Sunbury, Shepperton, Ashford, Hampton, Hampton Court, Staines upon Thames
EPSOM DOWNS RACE COURSE
Epsom Downs, KT18 5LQ
Epsom Downs is a Grade 1 racecourse with a crowd capacity of 120,000. It is best known for hosting The Derby Stakes, which has come to be widely referred to as the Epsom Derby (The Derby) - the United Kingdon's premier thoroughbred horse race for three-year-old colts and fillies, over a mile and a half (2400m). It also hosts The Oaks Stakes (also widely referred to as the Epsom Oaks) for three-year-old fillies, and the Coronation Cup for horses aged four years and upwards.
KEMPTON PARK RACE COURSE ... ... ... 0844 579 3008
Staines Road East, Sunbury on Thames, TW16 5AQ
The first ever race held at Kempton Park took place on the 18th July 1878. A Royal Box was constructed in just 21 days in 1889, to cater for a visit from the Prince of Wales.
Kempton Park was a major victim of both World Wars, when all racing was abandoned and the site was used for a number of purposes related to the war. During the First World War, the park was used as a transit depot for military vehicles. The racecourses at Gatwick, Hurst Park and Sandown adopted Kempton Park's fixtures until 1919, when racing resumed at Kempton.
The site played a major role in accommodating prisoners of war throughout World War II. The main line rail station situated on the grounds of the racecourse, allowed German and Italian soldiers to be directly routed to the temporary can that was set up.
SANDOWN PARK RACECOURSE
Portsmouth Road, Esher, KT10 9AJ
Sandown Park was the first purpose-built racecourse with enclosures, designed to be a leisure destination.
In the words of a contemporary diarist, it was 'a place where a man could take his ladies without any fear of them hearing coarse language or witnessing uncouth behaviour.
Sandown Park was the Queen Mother's favourite racecourse.