Epsom Downs is walking distance from our house. Every year in early June we pack a picnic and head up to the racecourse for the Derby.   Attending the Derby can be posh and pricey in the stands or cheap and cheerful on the Hill.  The Hill is where we head.

Derby Day 2017

This year we  went to the start of the race for the first time,  you get to see all the horses as they make their way to the starting gates.  Here is Wings of Eagles on his way to being a Derby winner.

Derby Day 2017

Seconds after the horses have all pranced past you, they all come thundering back, hurtling toward the finishing post.

Derby Day 2017No sooner had the horses gone past, we all turned tail and tried to run back to see the finish.  The Junior CW’s proved far more fleet footed and managed to see Wings of Eagles cross the finishing line.  Me: I wheezed into view just in time to see the photo finish picture pop up.



    • Catherine
      June 4, 2017 / 8:47 am

      One of those lucky shots, didn’t realise it was him until we were at looking at the pics!

  1. June 4, 2017 / 12:11 am

    I’ve been past this so many times but never actually attended. It looks like a great day. Love your photos and what great weather.

    • Catherine
      June 4, 2017 / 8:46 am

      I might be a little bit sunburnt!

  2. June 4, 2017 / 12:14 am

    The atmosphere always looks like it’s buzzing in places like this and I’ve always wanted to go to Ascot near us!

    • Catherine
      June 4, 2017 / 8:48 am

      Do go, the races are always fun especially when they are local

  3. June 4, 2017 / 12:21 am

    Oh what fun, I do enjoy a day at the races and a little flutter on the winner.

  4. June 4, 2017 / 5:38 am

    Hi Catherine, cheap and cheerful is always the better way to go. I can imagine the sound to be quite something as the horses fly past! I try not to notice my youngsters youthfulness, it can be quite depressing when I do!


    • Catherine
      June 4, 2017 / 8:49 am

      All the young ones roared off leaving a trail parents in their wake!

  5. June 4, 2017 / 6:35 am

    Looks like a great day out. Great photos #MySundayPhoto

  6. June 4, 2017 / 8:25 am

    Brilliant photo’s, I don’t think I would have managed to keep up and catch the finish at all haha! #mysundayphoto

  7. June 4, 2017 / 8:50 am

    That looks like a fun day out. I love photographing horses, although rarely get the chance. You’ve captured them beautifully. #MySundayPhoto

    • Catherine
      June 4, 2017 / 8:55 am

      The race horses practice everyday up on the Downs and I always intend to go and photograph them but have never managed to get up early enough!

  8. Phoebe
    June 4, 2017 / 9:28 am

    What a fun day out, doing it cheap and cheerful not posh and pricey! #mysundayphoto

  9. June 4, 2017 / 9:38 am

    What a great event, we love going to the races…might try and get to Epsom next year

    Thank you for linking up

    • Catherine
      June 4, 2017 / 9:44 am

      Give us a shout if you do!

  10. June 4, 2017 / 11:56 am

    What a fascinating day out. I thin is head for the Hill too. Great action shots #MySundayPhoto

  11. June 4, 2017 / 12:07 pm

    What a lovely day for a racing event! Everything looks so perfect! #mysundayphoto

  12. June 4, 2017 / 12:25 pm

    Such a great view! We used to live near Newmarket for a sort while but I never managed to get to the races #MySundayPhoto

  13. June 4, 2017 / 12:39 pm

    What a great day out…It sounds and looks like a lot of fun x

  14. June 4, 2017 / 2:24 pm

    Great post and it looks like such fun.

  15. June 4, 2017 / 6:15 pm

    This sounds like the perfect day out, not too expensive and the chance of making a fortune #MySundayPhoto

    • Catherine
      June 4, 2017 / 6:30 pm

      True, not that we ever have!

  16. bavariansojourn
    June 4, 2017 / 8:48 pm

    I worked for a racing stables many years ago. Always a great day out! Fabulous action shots! #sundayphoto

  17. June 5, 2017 / 11:00 am

    Looks like such a fun day out with great photos. I went to the Ladies Day over at Newcastle race course for my birthday last year. Was such a fun day but very expensive -prosecco for £28 a bottle which was warm!!

    • Catherine
      June 5, 2017 / 1:29 pm

      Sounds like the stands at Epsom out on the Hill its BYO!

  18. June 10, 2017 / 4:15 pm

    Ah I’m really jealous. It’s on my to do list. Look forward to seeing you tomorrow #mysundayphoto

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