This is a day filled with high-quality jump racing with seven races on the card. The Scilly Isles Novices’ Chase (Grade 1) is open to horses 5 years and older. 2016’s winner Bristol De Mai has gone on to be incredibly successful recently beating Cue Card at Haydock. Last year’s winner Terrefort trained by Nicky Henderson has gone to to place and win in Grade 1 races.
Known as Contenders Day, the races on this day often gives away some handy Cheltenham Festival pointers, so keep an eye on the winners!
Royal Artillery Gold Cup DayFeatured Event
The day is set to hold 7 races of which the feature race is the Royal Artillery Gold Cup. This is one of Sandown Park’s oldest races having been first run here in 1878. It has been run at the racecourse every season since 1921.
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 recognized Establishments or Units.
The jockeys must be amateurs and either past or existing members of any of the Armed Forces, making the race unique in every sense. Last years winner was Guy Disney on Rathlin Rose who were also victorious in 2017.
Grand Military Gold Cup Day
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. Ownership of the horses in the race is also 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.
Madness Live at Sandown ParkFeatured Event
Head to Sandown for a thrilling evening of racing and live music. Madness are performing on 24 July, it will sure to be an incredible show.
Combining the genres of ska, reggae, Motown, rock’n’roll, and classic pop, Madness have become one of the music industry’s best loved British bands. Fronted by the charismatic Suggs, Madness’ ability to write songs that sparkle with the stuff of British life, that find poetry in everyday reality, has lead them to have many hits including ‘Baggy Trousers’, ‘It Must Be Love’, ‘Driving In My Car’, ‘Our House’ and the 1982 #1 ‘House of Fun’. They are songs that have left their mark on British pop culture; their spirit endures in the music of Blur, the Streets, Kaiser Chiefs, Arctic Monkeys and many more.
In the last few years they have also delivered historic performances at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee concert, and at the 2012 Olympic Games closing ceremony cementing them as one of the nation’s most successful bands. Don't miss them perform at Sandown Park, buy tickets now.
Pete Tong & The Heritage OrchestraFeatured Event
There are few individuals in the world of dance music who can claim the kind of influence Pete Tong has had over the last twenty years. As the voice of Radio 1’s prestigious dance programming, Pete has held a commanding presence over the industry for more than two decades. With an unparalleled ear for new talent, Tong has become the leading tastemaker of the electronic generation. While he’s known publicly as Pete Tong the DJ, behind the scenes, he’s an industry icon.
With conductor Jules Buckley and The Heritage Orchestra, Ibiza Classics combines unparalleled production, awe inspiring visuals, a mix of brand-new songs as well as your favourite White Isle tracks. In 2019 the show will see new reimagined tracks which will soon be featured on their third record, fused together with incredible visual effects and music technology.
Jess Glynne Live at Sandown ParkFeatured Event
Jess Glynne will be returning to headline Sandown Park Racecourse with her spectacular outdoor summer show to Sandown Park Racecourse next summer!
In her first few years in the music industry, Jess has carved out a unique slot all of her own. Where others were contemplating the aftermath of heartache, she was always about standing on your own two feet. At the start of 2018, she took a listen back to her just completed second album, Always in Between. Like her blockbuster debut, I Cry When I Laugh, Jess brokers the hinterlands between pop, soul, R&B and house music on it.
Where to be for the best views
Sandown Park’s Grandstand Enclosure provides a relaxed atmosphere for all and has no official dress code. Guests can enjoy access to the parade ring, bookmakers, catering facilities and bars.
With the area situated directly opposite the finishing line, guests staying in the Premier Enclosure will be able to enjoy unrivalled views of the racing. Racegoers will also have full access to the Grandstand as well as access to exclusive bookmakers, catering facilities and bars (including the delightful Moet and Chandon Champagne Bar).
How to find us
Esher Rail Station is only a 25 minute train journey from London Waterloo. Whilst there is a taxi rank and a minibus on racedays, Sandown Park’s main entrance is only a 10 minute flat walk from the station. The racecourse can be easily reached by turning left out of the station onto Station Road and then right at the T- junction joining the A307 Portsmouth Road, where the entrance is on the right hand side.
London airports Heathrow and Gatwick are approximately 12 and 25 miles away by road respectively.
Visitors wishing to enquire about using Sandown Park's helipad should contact the racecourse in advance on 01372 46 43 48.
If travelling from London, take the A3 and follow the brown venue signs to Sandown Park, before exiting onto the A307 and following brown venue signs. Alternatively, from the M25, exit at Junction 10 and follow the A3 towards London before exiting onto the A307 and following the brown venue signs.
Those using a Sat Nav are advised to enter 'Portsmouth Road' rather than the Sandown Park postcode. This will bring guests to the main car park just off the A307 (Esher High Street), which is directly in front of the main entrance.
Parking in the centre of the racecourse can be reached from the More Lane entrance and is both free and plentiful. Alternatively, it is possible to park in the main car park off the Portsmouth Road for £6.
What to wear
Although there is no strict dress code, smart dress is strongly suggested, particularly on major race days. To help match the standards set on the course, Sandown Park politely recommends that gentlemen wear suits and ties, whilst ladies wear dresses and hats.
Gentleman within the Premier Enclosure should wear a collared shirt, polo shirt, or polo necked jumpers. Although not compulsory, many will also wear jackets and ties. Likewise, Ladies are encouraged to dress for a special occasion. Hats and fascinators are optional.
Please note that while smart jeans are allowed, shorts, sports trainers, sportswear, and flip flops are NOT permitted in this enclosure.
There is no specific dress code in the Grandstand Enclosure. However, whilst still being relaxed, Sandown Park politely asks that no football shirts or vests are worn.
Located in Esher, Surrey, Sandown Park is one of 15 racecourses in the UK owned and run by Jockey Club Racecourses. Opened in 1875, the track was the first purpose-built racecourse with enclosures, designed to be a leisure destination. Sandown Park’s feature race every year is the Eclipse Stakes, a 1 mile 2 furlongs Group 1 race. This race takes place on the Sandown Coral Eclipse Day in July. In 2015, Derby winning horse Golden Horn won the race very comfortably.
Sandown stages top quality racing under both flat and national hunt rules. The main flat circuit is run right handed over an oval course measuring one mile five furlongs in circumference. The run in is four furlongs in length, and is a consistent uphill climb. The sprint course is a diagonal off the long course, and climbs throughout its five furlong length. Sandown suits gallopers who are blessed with a combination of pace and stamina.
The steeplechase course is also run right handed, but is slightly larger in circumference, being around one mile five and a half furlongs in circuit length. On the steeplechase course, the home straight is an uphill climb throughout its entire length. Conversely, there is a descent from the turn out off the home straight, which continues until the horses enter the back straight. The steeplechase course has eleven testing fences, which occur in the following circuit pattern: three plain fences, the first open ditch, six more plain fences, and a double width open ditch. On the final circuit, this last ditch fence is replaced by an adjacent plain fence, and then there is a run in to the winning post.