On 14th July 2016, Yonevents were invited by The Jockey Club to Epsom Downs Racecourse for an evening of horse racing, a few drinks and a bite to eat.

Everything about the day out was organised to perfection, car park passes, box badges (Royal Box!) down to contact on the day.

Sophie Yon who is developing our Travel & Incentive division gives her first hand experience that she and her guest enjoyed.

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“It was  beautiful day and as had never been racing before we were unsure what to expect but at the same time really excited.

Parking was easy with no fuss and waiting around (an important start that is not overlooked)

We were shown to the Royal Box and offered a welcome drink.

“Pimms” was the perfect start to the evening.

We enjoyed our drinks on the private balcony overlooking the famous racecourse and soaked up the sun as we took in the views.

Everyone is then given race-cards so as to start choosing their horses and an experienced tipster is on hand to offer advice on which horses were best to place bets on”. 

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Jockey Club catering is renowned for delivering fresh and innovative menus from small groups to large parties.

“The  food served as a buffet was delicious and there was an amazing selection, just before the first race.

 There were a variety of tasty dishes which we were able to enjoy whilst talking to the hosts and getting to know more about the venue.

The service staff were extremely friendly and knowledgeable about the menu.

We were then given a private tour of the rooms that Epsom has to offer, but not before we made a stop at The Parade Ring/Paddock to watch the horses be saddled up before their race.

My guest and I had an amazing time and were buzzing with excitement all the way home, it truly is a fantastic day out whether as a group of friends or an incentive for your team!”. 

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Whether it is a Wedding, Conference, Exhibition, Christmas party or an anniversary celebration you are after, Epsom Downs Racecourse offers numerous spacious rooms, delicious food from a variety of on-site restaurants, accompanied by stunning views of the London skyline and the famous racecourse itself.

Not to mention the extremely friendly and professional staff. It really is a beautiful venue, perfect for any special occasion.

For more information in the first instance contact ; sophieyon@yonevents.co.uk

Origins – 1750

The Jockey Club was founded in 1750 by a group of gentlemen brought together by a shared passion for horseracing. They were some of the most influential people in the country. Initially meeting in London at the Star and Garter in Pall Mall and also in St. James’ Street and Hyde Park, the Club soon relocated to Newmarket.

The first written reference to The Jockey Club came in Pond’s annually published racing ‘Kalendar’, which gave notice in April 1752 that there would be a race at Newmarket for ‘horses the Property of the Noblemen and Gentlemen belonging to The Jockey Club’.

A new focus

In 1994, Jockey Club Racecourses purchased Epsom Downs, Kempton Park and Sandown Park. Its northernmost racecourse, Carlisle, was added in 2001. In 2006, Jockey Club Estates expanded its interests outside Newmarket with the purchase of Mandown Gallops, 500 acres of training grounds in Lambourn. In April 2007, Exeter became the latest racecourse to join Jockey Club Racecourses.

Aware criticisms can be levelled at a self-elected body, The Jockey Club sought to increase the transparency and independence of racing’s regulatory responsibilities. In April 2006, the Horserace Regulatory Authority (HRA) was formed to take on The Jockey Club’s role of policing the sport.

In July 2007, through a merger of the BHB and HRA, the British Horseracing Authority was formed both to govern and regulate the sport. This freed The Jockey Club to focus on investing in and generating returns from its commercial interests, to plough back into the sport.

In April 2008, The National Stud was transferred from Government to become a subsidiary of The Jockey Club, reinvigorating the famous breeding enterprise and its education programmes.