Sandown Park Racecourse

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Sandown Park
Location Esher, Surrey
Owned by Jockey Club Racecourses
Date opened1875
Screened on Racing TV
Course type Flat
National Hunt
Official website
The Winning Line SandownParkWinningLine.jpg
The Winning Line
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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]

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History

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

MonthMeetingDOWRace NameTypeGradeDistanceAge/Sex
JanuarySaturday Tolworth Novices' Hurdle HurdleGrade 12m 4yo +
FebruarySaturday Gainsborough Chase ChaseHandicap3m 110y5yo +
FebruarySaturday Scilly Isles Novices' Chase ChaseGrade 12m 4f 110y5yo +
FebruarySaturday Heroes Handicap Hurdle HurdleGrade 32m 6f 4yo +
FebruarySaturday Contenders Hurdle HurdleConditions2m 110y4yo +
MarchFriday Grand Military Gold Cup ChaseConditions3m 110y6yo +
MarchSaturday Imperial Cup HurdleGrade 32m 110y4yo +
MarchSaturday EBF Novices' Hurdle HurdleGrade 32m 4f 4yo-7yo
AprilFriday Sandown Mile FlatGroup 21m4yo +
AprilFriday Sandown Classic Trial FlatGroup 31m 1f 209y3yo only
AprilFriday Esher Cup FlatHandicap1m3yo
AprilFriday Gordon Richards Stakes FlatGroup 31m 1f 209y4yo +
AprilSaturday Bet365 Gold Cup ChaseGrade 33m 4f 166y5yo +
AprilSaturday Celebration Chase ChaseGrade 12m 5yo +
MayThursday Henry II Stakes FlatGroup 32m 50y4yo +
MayThursday Brigadier Gerard Stakes FlatGroup 31m 1f 209y4yo +
MayThursday National Stakes FlatListed5f 10y2yo
MayThursday Heron Stakes FlatListed1m3yo
MayThursday Whitsun Cup FlatHandicap1m4yo+
JulySaturday Eclipse Stakes FlatGroup 11m 1f 209y3yo +
JulySaturday Sprint Stakes FlatGroup 35f 10y3yo +
AugustSaturday Atalanta Stakes FlatGroup 31m3yo + f
AugustSaturday Solario Stakes FlatGroup 37f2yo only
DecemberFriday Winter Novices' Hurdle HurdleGrade 22m 4f 4yo +
DecemberSaturday Henry VIII Novices' Chase ChaseGrade 12m 4yo +
DecemberSaturday Tingle Creek Chase ChaseGrade 12m 4yo +

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References

  1. "Modern map of Lower Green, Esher". Lower Green Esher. 2019-11-22. Retrieved 2020-03-28.
  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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