About Sandown Park Racecourse
Sandown Park Racecourse is a racecourse located in the town of Esher, Surrey. It’s in the outer suburbs of London, just 17 miles southwest of the city centre. It has a rich history in racing first opening its doors in 1875. Sandown Park can boast it initially held the Grand National Hunt Chase, now staged at the Cheltenham festival. So make no mistake, Sandown Park Racecourse is one of the most prestigious racecourses in the country! As a result, it hosts a lot of notable races throughout both the summer and winter seasons.
Sandown Park Racecourse offers both Flat and Jump racing at its venue. The Flat course is right-handed, oval-shaped and thirteen furlongs in length with a half-mile straight. The homestretch is a long uphill climb which means this track favours stamina! The Jump course at Sandown Park has seven along the straight all in short succession, particularly the final three. So there’s a lot of exciting finishes in these races.
Sandown Park Racecourse hosts 26 notable races in the calendar year, including five Grade 1 races. These take place across nine years of the year with just a short break from September to November. The first Grade 1 of the year which takes place in January is the Tolworth Novices’ Hurdle. This is a two-mile Hurdle race with a purse of £35k! The biggest Grade 1 race, the Celebration Chase, takes place in April. This runs just shy of two miles and offers a purse of £150k!
There is also a Group 1 race every year at Sandown Park Racecourse, the Eclipse Stakes. This is open to horses aged three and older and runs over a distance of 2km. This race offers the largest of any prize pool at Sandown Park Racecourse standing at £250k!