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Sandown Park Racecourse

Coordinates: 51°22′33″N 0°21′42″W / 51.37583°N 0.36167°W / 51.37583; -0.36167
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Sandown Park
LocationEsher, Surrey
Owned byJockey Club Racecourses
Date opened1875
Screened onRacing TV
Course typeFlat
National Hunt
Official website
The Winning Line
The Parade Ring

Sandown Park is a horse racing course and leisure venue in Esher, Surrey, England, located in the outer suburbs of London. It hosts 5 Grade One National Hunt races and 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. It was requisitioned by the War Department from 1940-1945 for World War II. The venue has hosted bands such as UB40, Madness, Girls Aloud, Spandau Ballet and Simply Red. The racecourse is close to Esher railway station served by trains from London Waterloo. There is a secondary exit from Esher station which is open on race days, this exit leads directly into the racecourse and Lower Green, Esher.[1]


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.[2]

In 1875, Sandown became the first course in England to have a members' enclosure.[3]

Notable races[edit]

Month Meeting DOW Race Name Type Grade Distance Age/Sex
January Friday Grand Military Gold Cup Chase Conditions 3m 6yo +
February Saturday Masters Handicap Chase Chase Handicap 3m 5yo +
February Saturday Scilly Isles Novices' Chase Chase Grade 1 2m 4f 5yo +
February Saturday Heroes Handicap Hurdle Hurdle Premier Hcap 2m 6f 4yo +
March Saturday Imperial Cup Hurdle Premier Hcap 2m 4yo +
March Saturday EBF Novices' Hurdle Hurdle Premier Hcap 2m 4f 4yo-7yo
April Friday Sandown Mile Flat Group 2 1m 4yo +
April Friday Sandown Classic Trial Flat Group 3 1m 1f 209y 3yo only
April Friday Esher Cup Flat Handicap 1m 3yo
April Friday Gordon Richards Stakes Flat Group 3 1m 1f 209y 4yo +
April Saturday Bet365 Gold Cup Chase Premier Hcap 3m 5f 5yo +
April Saturday Celebration Chase Chase Grade 1 2m 5yo +
May Thursday Henry II Stakes Flat Group 3 2m 50y 4yo +
May Thursday Brigadier Gerard Stakes Flat Group 3 1m 1f 209y 4yo +
May Thursday National Stakes Flat Listed 5f 10y 2yo
May Thursday Heron Stakes Flat Listed 1m 3yo
May Thursday Whitsun Cup Flat Handicap 1m 4yo+
July Saturday Eclipse Stakes Flat Group 1 1m 1f 209y 3yo +
July Saturday Sprint Stakes Flat Group 3 5f 10y 3yo +
August Saturday Atalanta Stakes Flat Group 3 1m 3yo + f
August Saturday Solario Stakes Flat Group 3 7f 2yo only
December Friday Esher Novices' Chase Chase Grade 2 3m 4yo +
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 +


  1. ^ "Modern map of Lower Green, Esher". Lower Green Esher. 22 November 2019. Retrieved 28 March 2020.
  2. ^ Stevens, Peter, History of the National Hunt Chase 1860-2010, pp 53-55. ISBN 978-0-9567250-0-4
  3. ^ Plumptre, George (1985). The Fast Set - The World of Edwardian Racing. London: Andre Deutsch. p. 11. ISBN 0233977546.

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