🏇 A two-day festival of National Hunt racing at Sandown Park features Grand Military Gold Cup Day followed by Paddy Power Imperial Cup Day. Tickets purchased in advance attract a discount.
With just days to go until the 2020 Festival at Cheltenham there’s no better place to be this weekend than in the picturesque parkland setting of Sandown Park in Surrey for its annual double-header of top quality jumps action.
Friday’s Grand Military Gold Day is steeped in history bringing with it impressive military displays and traditions to racing including regimental music and marches after the Military Hurdle and Grand Military Gold Cup races. The feature race of the day – the Grand Military Gold Cup – is a National Hunt Chase open to horses aged five years or older, ran over a distance of 3 miles and ½ furlong. The race is restricted to serving or retired Military Amateur Riders with ownership of the horses in the race limited to serving or ex-serving members of the armed forces. The race was first run in 1841 and the 150th running took place in 2013. Lt Billy Aprahamian galloped to victory on Baden to win the race last year.
On Saturday a seven-race card is at the heart of Paddy Power Imperial Cup Day featuring two Grade 3 hurdles and a listed Flat race. The feature 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 Cheltenham Festival after winning at Sandown Park.
(Preview courtesy of Sandown Park website.)
🗝️ Gates open: Friday at 11.30am. Saturday at 11am.
🏇 First race: Friday at 1.50pm. Saturday at 1.20pm.
🏇 Last race: Friday at 4.40pm. Saturday at 4.50pm.
🎟️ Tickets in advance available via the ‘Get Tickets’ link. Advance purchases attract a discount.
🎟️ 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.