Gates open to the public at 12.30 for this wonderful afternoon of racing steeped in military heritage. The feature race, the Grand Military Gold Cup is guaranteed to feature some of the country’s finest amateur jockeys. Race Schedule coming soon. Tickets from £16 for the Grandstand Enclosure and £22.40 for the Premier Enclosure when booked in advance. Children under 18 go FREE when accompanied by an adult. Tickets can be booked online or by calling 0344 579 3012. Hospitality is also available starting from £120, contact our hospitality team on 01372 47 77 47 for more details. Click here to view the race schedule.
Alongside a competitive supporting card of jump racing will be a host of entertainment throughout the afternoon. The Grand Military band will play on the terrace throughout the afternoon, the horse and hounds will be parading up the racecourse at around 15:20, you can also expect to see outriders escorting the runners and riders of the Grand Military Gold Cup out on to the track, as well as Swordsmen on the Winners’ Podium. Click here to see photos from last year. There will also be a presentation to Ollie McPhail from BHEST who has now hosted 1000 Racing to School days.
The feature race of the day, the Grand Military Gold Cup is a National Hunt Chase open to horses aged five years or older, ran over a distance of 3 miles and ½ furlong. The race is restricted to (currently serving) Military Amateur Riders. Ownership of the horses in the race is also limited to serving or ex-serving members of the armed forces. The race was first run in 1841 and the 150th running took place in 2013. Lt Col Erica Bridge galloped to victory is last year’s race riding Jenny’s Surprise (who also won the Royal Artillery Gold Cup in 2016).
Please note that our Brasserie Restaurant in the Premier Enclosure will not be open to the public for this fixture, however the extremely popular seafood menu in our Champagne Bar and our Food Court offer a delicious sit down meal as an alternative. Equus, our fine dining restaurant on 2nd floor of the main grandstand, is available for pre-booking with a range of packages available, please contact a member of our team on 01372 477 747 to make a reservation. There will also be plenty of tasty on-the-go and casual food options available to racegoers throughout the Racecourse, including Costa coffee, the food court, and German sausages. Also, why not grab a free taster of our real ale from the Real Ale Bar located in the Surrey Hall, simply ask our friendly staff for a taster before buying. It’s especially worth trying the new Sandown Park Golden Ale locally brewed by Windsor and Eton, available from the Real Ale Bar, Sandown View and Chasers Bar.
If you would like some more information on horseracing, Racing Explained can give you all the information you need to prepare for a day at the races, from picking a winner, the racecard, jockeys and trainers and understanding odds. You can even search ‘racing terms’ to get up to speed on the racing jargon. Click here to visit Racing Explained
Don’t forget to hop onto our FREE Jockey Club WiFi. When you arrive, simply go to your WiFi settings, choose the ‘Free Jockey Club WiFi’ network and fill in your details to use unlimited WiFi all day at the races.
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