Terrier Derby – 20th anniversary

Following the unfortunate cancellation due to the weather a few weeks ago, thanks to the support from Epsom Downs Racecourse, we are delighted to announce that the Terrier Derby will go ahead on Sunday 1st October.

As it is also horse race meeting that afternoon, the terrier races will take place earlier than usual, so registration is from 10.45am, the races start from 11.30am, the fun dog show around 1.15 and the finals and prize giving just before 2.00pm. There is also a new home, on the downs opposite the grandstands, so racegoers can also enjoy the fun from across the track before the horseraces start. Parking is in car park on the grandstand side, entrance 23, then a short walk through the tunnel to the other side of the course.

Barking Mad

Shergar and Nijinsky are legendary Derby winners that have trod the famous Epsom turf, but on Sunday October 1st the “Sport of Kings” becomes the sport of lunatics when over 60 barking mad pooches attempt to follow in their hoof steps of those legends in The Terrier Derby.

This year is the 20th anniversary of the Terrier Derby, a day dedicated to canine anarchy, where dogs (and their owners) can go a little bonkers. Run at historic Epsom Racecourse, the races are an hilarious spectacle for audience and participants alike. Open to any breed up to around15” at the shoulder, the races are just £3 to enter and free to spectators, with an optional donation to The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity.

Fun Dog Show – for mad hatters

As well as the races there is the ever-popular fun dog show, open to any breed and size, a chance to win unique “his and hers” hand crafted doggie hats. There is also a raffle, trade stands and refreshments and viewing of the races from the downs afterwards or, for a small charge, you can go over to the grandstands.


JOIN THE TERRIER SET – register your dog for the races

The Terrier Derby is open to any breed, up to around15” at the shoulder, bring them along or just come and enjoy the fun with the Terrier Racing set. There are around 16 heats followed by quarter and semi-finals then the grand final with the terriers chasing a lure towed by a (not so) state of the art contraption.

For more information or to pre-register a terrier visit terrierderby.com or email terrierderby@gmail.com You can also register on the day from 10.45 at the registration tent.



Be a Terrier Derby Supporter– we are looking for sponsors and supporters of all sizes. From individual donations to corporate sponsorship offering endless PR opportunities for this unique event.

Every penny raised goes to The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity – you can donate via Just Giving -follow the link on www.terrierderby.com – or go to our https://www.justgiving.com/page/terrierbob23

Terrier Derby and The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity would like to thank Omni Colour, K2 Screen, Santis Global, Windmill Farm Kennels, Farm Fencing, Ede’s Removals, Ermyn Lodge, B R Johnson Racing Simon Dow Racing and of course Epsom Downs Racecourse for their continued support of The Terrier Derby

For more information and images, Contact Bob Pain terrierderby@gmail.com 07979 605579  terrierderby.com

The event is finished.


01 Oct 2023


Registration from 10:45, races start at 11:30
10:45 am - 3:00 pm




Epsom Downs Racecourse
Epsom Downs Racecourse, Tattenham Corner Rd, Epsom KT18 5LQ