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Imperial Cup Day at Sandown Park

🏇 Spring is in the air and some quality National Hunt racing awaits at Sandown Park Racecourse this afternoon at Imperial Cup DayTickets on sale here with 50% off the gate price.  Enter promocode IMPERIAL50 if discount is not automatically applied.

Congratulations to jockey James Bowen who rode Surprise Package to victory in the 2022 Imperial Cup at Sandown, the last big race before the Cheltenham Festival.  Celebrating his 21st birthday, Wales’ Bowen pulled off a surprise win on board the Peter Fahey-trained Surprise Package who came home in front at odds of 20-1.  Stay tuned here for 2023 Imperial Cup Day ticket news as soon as released.  

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They’re under starter’s orders at Sandown Park in Surrey for a seven-race card at Imperial Cup Day, including two Grade 3 hurdles and a listed Flat race.

The standout race this afternoon is the Imperial Cup worth a total of £100,000.  First run in 1907 this prestigious hurdle race, taking place over two miles, has featured the likes of Olympian, Blowing Wind and Gaspara who have all gone on to win at the Cheltenham Festival after winning at Sandown Park.

With the famous Festival in Gloucestershire just four days away this afternoon’s racing is the perfect prelude for many.  Prior to the Imperial Cup (which goes off at 2.25pm), the Grade Three European Breeders’ Fund Paddy Power ‘National Hunt’ Novices’ Handicap Hurdle, is likely to attract a quality field with a prize fund of £80,000 up for grabs.

There are two Listed races on the card this year with the Listed Novices’ Handicap Chase, switched from The Festival, joining the British Stallion Studs EBF Mares’ Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race on the card.  Those two races take place at 3.35pm and 3pm respectively, while rounding off the afternoon (at 4.45pm) is the ‘3 Sleeps To Cheltenham’ Juvenile Handicap Hurdle offering an 11th-hour opportunity to creep up the weights ahead of potential Festival engagements.

(Preview courtesy of the Jockey Club website.)

🗝️ Gates open at 11.15am.

🕒 First race at 1.15pm. 

🕒 🏇 Feature race of the day: the Imperial Cup Handicap Hurdle is at 2.25pm. 

🕒 Last race at 4.45pm

🎟️ Tickets in advance are via the ‘Get Tickets’ link.  Promotion – 50% off gate price – currently available enter promocode IMPERIAL50 if discount is not automatically applied.

🎟️ Tickets on the day for Imperial Cup Raceday are 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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