The Downs are private land owned by The Jockey Club. They are subject to an Act of Parliament, which provides the public with access to ‘air and exercise on foot’, but under the proviso that “the public’s use shall not interfere with the rights conferred upon (the racecourse) and the Levy Board, principally to hold race meetings and to train racehorses.” The Downs are where racing and the community have existed together for centuries.
The Conservators have provided approval on this rare occasion for the event to take place on a postponed date and for a section of the Downs to be temporarily unavailable to the public.
The area that will be in use behind closed doors is defined on the map below. This is in order for the racecourse to control all access points, including roads and footpaths, as defined under a clause that we may, “during the racing period, control access over the racecourse and paddock.”