Saturday 10th March
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 Matchbook Imperial Cup is where future stars often make their mark. Tickets from £16 for the Grandstand Enclosure and £24 for the Premier Enclosure when booked in advance. Children under 18 go FREE when accompanied by an adult. Gates open at 11:30 for Sandown Park’s taste of the Cheltenham Festival. The first race is 1:20pm and the last at 4:45pm. View the full order of running here. 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.
7 races will be taking place on Matchbook Imperial Cup day featuring two Grade 3 hurdles and a listed national hunt flat race. The Imperial Cup was first run 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 likes of Olympian, Blowing Wind and Gaspara have all gone on to win at the Cheltenham Festival after winning at Sandown Park. The race was won by London Prize ridden by Tom O’Brien and trained by Ian Williams in 2017 beating the favourite Fixe Le Kap trained by Nicky Henderson.
Following on from the success of last year the Cheltenham Festival theme will be continuing. Along side the fantastic racing there will be a Guinness pop up village in Surrey Hall where you can enjoy a pint of the black stuff and even pick up some Guinness merchandise. Listen out for the Irish band who will be filling the racecourse with lively cheer. If you need a last minute outfit addition for the Festival then why not check out our shopping stand in the Premier enclosure? If you are a rugby fan as well as a racing fan then both matches will be available to watch!
Starting after the last race at approximately 5pm, join us for our Cheltenham preview panel. Hosted by ITV Racing’s Oli Bell, the panel will consist of Dickie Johnson, Alan King, Nicky Henderson and Emmet Kennedy. There’s no better place to get the best tips and most up to date information.There are only 600 spaces so book now to avoid disappointment. Tickets are £5 in aid the the Injured Jockeys Fund. Get your ticket here.
Why not make a proper day of it and choose from a range of hospitality options to experience the ultimate raceday at Sandown Park. We are offering a Carvery Package for £69pp which includes two courses, access to Premier Enclosure and a private table. Book into our fine dining restaurant, Equus and choose between three courses for £129pp or four courses for £160pp. Alternatively, private box packages start at £189pp. Contact a member of our team on 01372 477 747 for more information or to make a hospitality reservation or booking.
In the Premier Enclosure diners can enjoy delights such as marinated sirloin steak, delicious desserts and British Cheese Selections in our walk up restaurant, The Brasserie. The Moet & Chandon Champagne Bar serves seafood platters, moules mariniere and tasty bloomer sandwiches. Freshly cooked venison and rib eye steak baguettes are on offer from The Atalanta amongst various other options. Alternatively, located in the Grandstand Enclosure, The Market Place offers tastings from around the world. Further options include Costa coffee and numerous bars.
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.
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