brigadier gerard evening

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Horse Racing

Brigadier Gerard Evening at Sandown Park

🏇 Sandown Park Racecourse is the place to be for a Thursday night horse racing treat at the Brigadier Gerard Evening

NEWSFLASH: The 2024 Brigadier Gerard Evening is a wrap!  Check out our HORSE RACING section here for more meetings coming up in or around London.

CONGRATULATIONS to Royal Rhyme who was the star of the Brigadier Gerard Evening in 2024.  Ridden by Clifford Lee and trained by Karl Burke, the 4-year-old colt claimed an impressive victory in the Group Three Brigadier Gerard Stakes.


What better way to get in the mood for a great summer of horse racing than at the 2024 Brigadier Gerard Evening.  Sandown Park’s most popular midweek fixture of the year is Britain’s richest evening meeting.  £200,000+ in prize money is up for grabs. 

Affectionally known as London’s Night At The Races, the Brigadier Gerard Evening has a six-race card including two Group 3 races.  The opening race of the night is a handicap over 1 mile and 2 furlongs at 6.10pm. 

The action hots up at 6.40pm in the National Stakes (Listed Race) a sprint over 5 furlongs.  Then shortly after 7.10pm it’s the first of the two Group 3 races this evening.  The Henry II Stakes, a long-distance showdown over two miles with £80,000 in prize money up for grabs.  The winning horse in the Henry II often goes on to compete in the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot – the last horse to win both races was Big Orange in 2017 who overcame Order of St George at Ascot in a memorable duel. 


At a shade after 7.40pm it’s the race that gives the evening its name: the Brigadier Gerard Stakes.  First run in 1953 the race was officially named the Brigadier Gerard Stakes in 1973 after the champion racehorse of the same name.  The race is for horses aged four years and older.  It takes place over 1 mile and 2 furlongs and has a prize pot of £80,000+.

Last year 5-1 shot Hukum, ridden by Jim Crowley, caused an upset coming from behind to beat Derby winner Desert Crown in a thrilling renewal of the race (race highlights below).  In 2022 the race was won by Bay Bridge.  Notching up a fifth consecutive victory the classy colt landed an 11th victory in the race for trainer Sir Michael Stoute and the seventh win for jockey Ryan Moore.  Who will win the Brigadier Gerard Stakes in 2024?  Get your tickets now to be at Sandown Park and find out!


🎟️ Tickets are available via the ‘Get Tickets’ link.  

🎟️🎫 Hospitality options are available.  Email with ‘Brigadier Gerard Evening’ in the subject box for price/package info.

🗝️ Gates open at 4.30pm.

🕒 First race at 6.12pm. 

🕒 🏇 Feature races of the evening: Henry II Stakes at 7.12pm followed by the Brigadier Gerard Stakes at 7.42pm. 

🕒 Last race at 8.42pm

🚊🚗 Travel tips: Sandown Park Racecourse is located in the town of Esher in Surrey.  It is within the M25 and only 25 minutes by train from London Waterloo.

Esher railway station is a 10-minute walk from the main entrance at Sandown, which can be reached by crossing the centre of the course on racedays.  Note: Esher station is located outside of Zones 1-6.  Purchase a paper ticket as Oyster Cards are not valid.  Car parking is available in the centre of the racecourse which is accessible from the More Lane entrance.  Parking in the main Sandown Park car park off Portsmouth Road costs £10.

For more transport options see the ‘Getting to Sandown Park Racecourse’ guide.

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