Saturday 11th March
Gates open at 11:30 for Sandown Park’s taste of the Cheltenham Festival. Only three days before the start of the Festival, this ITV Racing broadcasted day is all about gathering your friends and getting geared up for the week ahead. The feature race, the Imperial Gold Cup is where future stars often make their mark. Click here to view the full Race Schedule. 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.
Why not make a proper day of it and choose from a range of hospitality options to experience the ultimate raceday at Sandown Park. Book into our fine dining restaurant, Equus, located on the 2nd floor of the main grandstand with fantastic views of the track and choose between three courses for £120 pp or four courses for £160. Alternatively, private box packages start at £180 pp. Contact a member of our team on 01372 477 747 for more information or to make a hospitality reservation or booking.
Don’t miss the chance to interrogate a panel of trainers and jockeys ahead of the four-day Cheltenham Festival (Tuesday 14th - Friday 17th March). Discussions typically cover which races horses are heading for, their odds and how the horses have been going at home.Confirmed panelists are trainers Nicky Henderson and Alan King, jockey Jamie Moore, and host Nick Luck . There are approximately 400 spaces which sell out before the day, so be sure to book yours sooner rather than later. Tickets are £4 each and all profits go towards the Injured Jockeys Fund. Please note, admission to the racecourse must also be purchased or held. Book Preview Panel only
Alongside a competitive card of jump racing, you can expect to enjoy some Cheltenham Festival themed entertainment and fun. Visit our new-this-year pop-up Guinness Square in the Surrey Hall where you can enjoy pints of the black stuff, Irish coffee and Guinness merchandise complete with an Irish band. We will have the Cheltenham Gold Cup here for you to get up close and personal with for a few snaps. It’s also worth taking a look at our new display hurdles and fences to find out more about what the horses face out on the racecourse. Lastly, if you’d rather watch the England rugby then fear not, we’ll have all of that on too.
The perfect reason to sport your very best tweed at the races. We will be on the hunt for best dressed racegoers sporting tweed. Be sure to wrap up warm and turn up in the famous classic winter jump pattern. The bolder and braver the better! Think hats, think coats, think jackets, think waistcoats, think skirts. Get all your group involved as there are prices to be won. The competition will open one week prior to raceday, all entries to be submitted via twitter tagging in @Sandownpark and #tweetyourtweed. Winner to be announced on the day.
Not sure you can rock tweed and fancy your chances at guessing the Imperial Gold Cup winner instead? Head over to the Main Entrance Foyer on the day, fill in a competition slip with your name and email address and post it into the box of one of the runners. Winners will be drawn from the winning horse box only and will be announced after the race as well as contacted via email. Prizes include lunch in the Brasserie, tickets for Olly Murs and Winner packages.
The Imperial Cup was first staged in 1907 and was considered the most important and prestigious hurdle race of the season right up until the launch of the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham in 1927. The race is a Grade Three National Hunt hurdle open to horses aged four years or older run over a distance of about two miles and 110 yards. The likes of Olympian, Blowing Wind and Gaspara have all gone on to win at the Cheltenham Festival after winning the Imperial Cup at Sandown Park. The cup was won by five-year-old Flying Angel, jockey Ryan Hatch and trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies in 2016. Click here to see photos of last year’s racing action.
If you would like some more information on horse racing, 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 or use the social media log in facility to use unlimited WiFi all day at the races.
Visit our Brasserie Restaurant or enjoy the extremely popular seafood menu in our Champagne Bar, both located within the Premier Enclosure. Alternatively The Food Court offers a traditional sit down meal in the Grandstand Enclosure. 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.
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