Enjoy National Hunt racing at two of London’s iconic racecourses in 2019, Sandown Park and Kempton Park offer a variety of racing from Friday 4th January.
Kempton Park kicks off 2019 racing on 4th January with an afternoon of flat racing followed by all-weather flat fixtures every week and a great selection of jump fixtures. Saturday, 12th January sees Kempton Park’s first jump racing of 2019 with an action packed afternoon of racing on 32Red Lanzarote Hurdle Day including the listed Unibet Lanzarote Handicap Hurdle.
888sport Chase Day on 23rd February is an afternoon of quality jump racing where many of the horses you see will be going on to the Cheltenham Festival. The competitive card includes the Grade 2 Adonis Juvenile Hurdle Race and the Handicap Steeple Chase with £218,000 in prize money up for grabs.
Sandown Park’s 2019 racing starts on Saturday 5th January. The first Saturday of 2019 sees jump racing kick off the new year with seven races from 12.15pm to 3.35pm on Unibet Tolworth Hurdle Day. The day includes the two mile Grade 1 Unibet Tolworth Novices’ Hurdle, also the listed Unibet Mares’ Hurdle and the Unibet Veterans’ Handicap Steeple Chase.
2nd February will see 888sport Contenders Day, a day filled with seven races of high-quality jump racing. The Scilly Isles Novices’ Chase grade 1 race is open to horses five years and older, last year’s winner Terrefort trained by Nicky Henderson has also gone on to Grade 1 wins. This day can give come handy pointers for Cheltenham Festival contenders.
Sandown Park is the only racecourse in the country which stages two Military race days – The Royal Artillery Gold Cup Day on 15th February and Grand Military Gold Cup Day on 8th March.
The Royal Artillery Gold Cup was first run in 1862 with Sandown Park first hosting the meeting in 1878, three years after the racecourse opened. With seven races, the feature race, the Royal Artillery Gold Cup is open to horses that are owned or have been leased by participants serving or who have served in the Royal Artillery or one of its recognised 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.
The day will be immersed in Royal Artillery history and entertainment with the Royal Artillery parade, the 1pm gun salute and the Band of the Honourable Artillery Company performing. Outriders will escort the racehorses and jockeys for the Royal Artillery Gold Cup race onto the track.
Grand Military Gold Cup Day on 8th March is also a wonderful afternoon of racing steeped in military heritage. The day’s feature race, the Grand Military Gold Cup is open to horses aged five years or older and is run over a distance of 3 miles and ½ furlong. The jockeys are all serving or retired Military Amateur Riders with ownership of the horses limited to serving or ex-serving members of the armed forces. The race was first run in 1841 with the first running at Sandown Park in 1881.
For more information, visit the Sandown Park website here
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