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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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  • August 12, 2017
    I bought my wife a birthday present to go racing followed by olly murs in concert, we thoroughly enjoyed the days racing, the weather helped as it was nice and sunny The show started at 8.30pm just te...  more »
  • August 11, 2017
    The summer events put up by Sandown are awesome. Great artists combined with a flutter on the horses makes for a unique night out. The atmosphere is awesome, the dress code is as you please and the yo...  more »
  • August 8, 2017
    I visit Sandown each year for the Coral Eclipse meeting. Love the course. It's so accessible and the parking on course makes life so easy. There are lots of refreshment opportunities and it's usually ...  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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