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Sandown Park Racecourse, Esher

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You could spend an exhilarating day at Sandown Park, imagining that it was created yesterday. But actually, the racecourse has a long and distinguished past. In fact, it occupies a unique place in British racing history and has been the backdrop to legendary contests between horses and riders that remain household names.

Legendary jockey Fred Archer rode a winner in the torrential rain at the inaugural meeting of 1875, and a lucky precedent was set in the distinguished history of Sandown Park.

What precedent?

"How pleasant once more," wrote a satisfied customer in 1879, "to find ourselves within the Sandown Club Enclosure, under a genial sky and with all the well-known surroundings of pretty women, good luncheon and good sport." And the same words could be written today with perfect accuracy.

The course was designed and built, when other racecourses had simply evolved from misty, Mediaeval origins. There were plans for a lunatic asylum, a new town - but the racecourse won the day.

Sandown Park was the first racecourse to be enclosed and in the words of a contemporary diarist it was 'a place where a man could take his ladies without any fear of their hearing coarse language or witnessing uncouth behaviour.'

It was to become the Queen Mother's favourite course and provided a suitably impressive backdrop to the feats of Arkle, Mill Reef and Desert Orchid. Yet it has always developed in sympathy with the spirit of the times and is now one of the most modern and accessible racing venues in the country.
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  • Attended the two day meeting at the end of April. Thought the facilities were excellent. Plenty of places to sit down and a variety of eateries. I had tasty toasted sandwich. The were seats close to t...  more »
  • Came here on Saturday £22.50 for the premium suite. Even thou it was busy you had a good view of racecourse with plenty of outlets for food and drinks. 15 minutes walk to grandstand from Esher station...  more »
  • I hadn't seen a hurdle race even I am very keen racegoer. We travelled from London and didn't take very long by train. We actually arrived on the other side of race track the you could walk thru the r...  more »
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  • Attended the bi annual toy fair, which was very well attended. The venue clean, but the security guards were overly friendly with my female colleagues after searching their bags then being suggest with their remarks. They didn't even look at me or in the bag I was carrying (1 week after Manchester Attack)
  • You can park here pretty much every day! You just came when it race day. You pay £5 for the day if you get there before 12pm. If you get there after 12pm it's free :) plenty of space
  • Quiter day than when we last went. Very warm. Viewing great Branscombe in the first at 8/1 started the day off well but DOWNHILL after that!!!! Travelled from Birmingham on the day and had dinner at the wheatsheaf after racing GREAT DAY OUT 👍
  • Drove a long way to visit a show. Very good for the show we visited. Large and open. Bought a sandwich but there was also hot food available.
  • Nice racecourse. I am taking one star away for confusing traffic arrangements and jams. The karting circuit in the middle is great.

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