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Horse Racing

Contenders Day at Sandown Park

🏇 Sandown Park Racecourse is the place to be for the Virgin Bet Contenders Day and a big afternoon of jump racing.  Book in advance here using promo code CONTENDERS50 for 50% off the Grandstand Enclosure gate price. 

Congratulations to L’Homme Presse who landed Charlie Deutsch the first Grade 1 success of his career when first past the winning post in the 2022 Scilly Isles Novices’ Chase.  Stay tuned here for 2023 Contenders Day at Sandown Park ticket news as soon as released.  And for spectator events coming up in London – including horse racing – visit our What’s On page.

The National Hunt season continues with a fixture that often provides some handy pointers for next month’s Cheltenham Festival.  Contenders Day at Sandown Park is sure to draw a big crowd to the Esher course and today comes with a bonus; a quality seven-race card followed by a screening in the Surrey Hall of Scotland v England in the Six Nations. 

Racing gets underway from 12.45pm with the listed Contenders Hurdle race at 1.50pm followed one of the feature races – the Scilly Isles Novices’ Steeple Chase – at 2.20pm.

Taking place over 2 miles and 4 furlongs (two and a half miles) this Grade 1 race was first run in 1964 and gets its ‘Scilly Isles’ name after an area close to the racecourse.  Last year’s edition was won by Sporting John ridden by champion jockey Richard Johnson and trained by Philip Hobbs.

Following the 2.20pm all eyes will be on the most valuable race of the day – the Heroes Handicap Hurdle – which is scheduled for 2.55pm and has a £100,000 prize pot.

After the last race at 4.05pm the Diamond Edge bar will be open to drown sorrows/celebrate winnings (delete as appropriate), with Six Nations showing in the Surrey Hall big screens as Scotland take on England in the Calcutta Cup 

🗝️ Gates open at 10.45am.

🏇 First race at 12.45pm.  

🏇 Feature races of the day: the Scilly Isles Novices’ Steeple Chase and Heroes Handicap Hurdle at 2.20pm and 2.55pm respectively.

🏇 Last race at 4.05pm

🎟️ Tickets for Contenders Day at Sandown Park are available via the ‘Get Tickets’ link.  Use promo code CONTENDERS50 to save 50% on the gate price for Grandstand Enclosure tickets.

🎟️ Tickets on the day subject to availability.  Checking the Sandown Park Twitter feed before travelling is recommended.  Under 18s (maximum of 2) are free when accompanied by an adult.

🚊🚗 Travel tips: Free car parking is available in the centre of the racecourse accessible from the More Lane entrance.  Parking in the main Sandown Park car park off Portsmouth Road costs £5.

The train is recommended if travelling by public transport from central London.  Esher railway station – a 30-minute journey from London Waterloo – is the nearest one to course.  The station is a 10-minute walk from the main entrance which can be reached by crossing the centre of the course on racedays.  Note: Esher station is located outside of Zones 1-6 and paper ticket should be purchased as Oyster Cards are not valid.  For train times visit the National Rail website or call 08457 48 49 50.

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