Gates open at 11:30 to the public for this historic annual Royal Artillery Gold Cup Day. This is a real chance to celebrate the bravery and dedication of the British Armed Forces, centred on the feature race, The Royal Artillery Gold Cup. Click here to view the 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.
Alongside 7 Jump races, you will be immersed in Royal Artillery history and entertainment, including; the chance to look at two guns (serviced in the First World War) located outside the Main Entrance, a Watch Keeper (plane) will be on display in the Surrey Hall as well as the Help for Heroes trade stand. Look out for the gun which will be fired near the finish line at 13:00, later followed by a parade of the Royal Artillery drag hunt and hounds (based in Salisbury) up the track between 15:00-15:15. Lastly, Outriders (Military personnel on horses) will proudly escort the racehorses and jockeys for the Royal Artillery Gold Cup race. Throughout the day the Band of the Honourable Artillery Company will be playing on the terrace.
The Royal Artillery Gold Cup is awarded to the winning connections of one of the racing calendar’s oldest events; The Royal Artillery Gold Cup, first run at Sandown Park in 1878. The race is restricted to horses that are owned or have been leased by those who are serving or have served in the Royal Artillery or one of its recognised Establishments or Units. The jockeys must be amateurs and either past or existing members of any of the Armed Forces. Although, trainer Paul Nicholls has a great track record in the race, Miss B Hampson was victorious in this race last year with the Fergal O’Brien trained, Jennys Surprise.
The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery, often referred to simply as ‘The Troop’ duties include the firing of Royal Salutes on Royal Anniversaries and State Occasions. It was His Majesty King George VI’s wish that after the Second World War a troop of Royal Horse Artillery, mounted and dressed in the traditional manner, should take part in the great ceremonies of State. In 1947, His Majesty inspected the newly formed Riding Troop and said that he wished it to be known as The King’s Troop, a wish that Her Majesty the Queen has graciously supported during her reign, in recognition of her father’s special interest in The Troop.
There will be plenty of delicious on-the-go and casual food options available to racegoers throughout the Racecourse, including Costa coffee, the food court, and German sausages. 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 also 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.
Alongside the Royal Artillery Gold Cup are 6 other Jump races. 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 to use unlimited WiFi all day at the races.
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