Sandown Park Racecourse

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Sandown Park
Location Esher, Surrey
Owned by Jockey Club Racecourses
Date opened 1875
Screened on Racing UK
Course type Flat
National Hunt
Official website
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Sandown Park is a horse racing course and leisure venue in Esher, Surrey, England, located in the outer suburbs of London. It hosts one Group 1 flat race, the Eclipse Stakes. It regularly has horse racing during afternoons, evenings and on weekends, and also hosts many non racing events such as trade shows, wedding fairs, toy fairs, car shows and auctions, property shows, concerts, and even some private events. The venue have hosted bands such as UB40, Madness (band), Girls Aloud, Sugababes, Spandau Ballet, Westlife, Boyzone and Simply Red. Facilities include a wedding reception, Daytona Karting track, 18 hole golf course with driving range, gym with bar facility, dry ski slope (120m with button lift), snowboard and ski club. Sandown Park has spectacular views over Heathrow Airport and London landmarks such as Wembley Stadium, The Gherkin, Canary Wharf and the London Eye. The racecourse is very close to Esher railway station served by trains from London Waterloo.

History[edit]

Sandown Park was one of the first courses to charge all for attending. It opened in 1875 and everyone had to pay at least half a crown. The first meeting was over three days, starting on Thursday 22 April, and included the Grand National Hunt Chase, now staged at the Cheltenham Festival. The Grand International Steeple Chase took place on the Saturday, worth £2,130 to the winner, and was the largest prize for a steeplechase that season, unusually even eclipsing that for the Liverpool Grand National.[1] Sandown Park occupies a place in British racing history and has been the backdrop to legendary contests between horses and riders, many that remain household names. [2]

Notable races[edit]

Month DOW Race Name Type Grade Distance Age/Sex
January Saturday Tolworth Hurdle Hurdle Grade 1 2m 4yo +
February Saturday Gainsborough Chase Chase Handicap 3m 110y 5yo +
February Saturday Scilly Isles Novices' Chase Chase Grade 1 2m 4f 110y 5yo +
February Saturday Heroes Handicap Hurdle Hurdle Grade 3 2m 6f 4yo +
February Saturday Contenders Hurdle Hurdle Conditions 2m 110y 4yo +
March Friday Grand Military Gold Cup Chase Conditions 3m 110y 6yo +
March Saturday Imperial Cup Hurdle Grade 3 2m 110y 4yo +
March Saturday European Breeders' Fund Novices' Handicap Hurdle Final Hurdle Grade 3 2m 4f 4yo-7yo
April Friday Sandown Mile Flat Group 2 1m 14y 4yo +
April Friday Sandown Classic Trial Flat Group 3 1m 2f 7y 3yo only
April Friday Gordon Richards Stakes Flat Group 3 1m 2f 7y 4yo +
April Saturday Bet365 Gold Cup Chase Grade 3 3m 5f 110y 5yo +
April Saturday Celebration Chase Chase Grade 1 2m 5yo +
May Thursday Henry II Stakes Flat Group 3 2m 78y 4yo +
May Thursday Brigadier Gerard Stakes Flat Group 3 1m 2f 7y 4yo +
July Saturday Eclipse Stakes Flat Group 1 1m 2f 7y 3yo +
July Saturday Sprint Stakes Flat Group 3 5f 6y 3yo +
August Saturday Atalanta Stakes Flat Group 3 1m 14y 3yo + f
August Saturday Solario Stakes Flat Group 3 7f 16y 2yo only
December Friday Winter Novices' Hurdle Hurdle Grade 2 2m 4f 4yo +
December Saturday Henry VIII Novices' Chase Chase Grade 1 2m 4yo +
December Saturday Tingle Creek Chase Chase Grade 1 2m 4yo +

References[edit]

  1. ^ Stevens, Peter, History of the National Hunt Chase 1860-2010, pp 53-55. ISBN 978-0-9567250-0-4
  2. ^ Sandown Park http://www.sandown.co.uk/venue/history-of-sandown-park. Retrieved 20 June 2014.  Missing or empty |title= (help)

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 51°22′33″N 0°21′42″W / 51.37583°N 0.36167°W / 51.37583; -0.36167