The historic and relaxed surroundings of Copenhagen Racecourse Klampenborg Galopbane provide the framework for a day at the races when the Danish Derby takes place here on Saturday, June 24th.
Located north of Copenhagen on the edge of royal hunting forest Dyrehavsbakken and close to Belle Vue Strand, the racecourse celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2010. The Derby was the very first race to be competed at the racecourse—though back in 1910, it was called the Skandinavisk Derby.
In order to compete in the Danish Derby, horses must be three years old and born in Scandinavia—so each horse gets just one crack at the race, as it cannot try again next year.
The Danish Derby makes an ideal daytrip from Copenhagen and there are two restaurants next to the racecourse, as well as a cafe for lighter snacks and refreshments. The new, glass-fronted Paddock Tribune was built recently after its predecessor burnt down, while ‘Det Kongelige Tribune’ is an elegant, old pavilion transported to the track piece by piece after it was exhibited at the Paris World Fair in 1900.
Alternatively, you are quite welcome to bring a picnic basket with you to the racetrack; the racecourse has an informal atmosphere ideal for families as well as couples or groups. Dress is casual and there are no reserved enclosures.
If you’re feeling like a flutter, bets can be made through Dantoto, a subsidiary of state-owned Danske Spil, whose profits go to a wide variety of Danish sports and culture organizations.
Klampenborg Galopbane opens for the Derby at 10am, although the race itself doesn’t start until 12.30. Entry costs DKK 100; it’s half-price for pensioners and students and free for kids.
Image of 2011′s Danish Derby winner courtesy of US Photo / Burt Seeger.