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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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  • Otherwise it’s odd and I don’t think it works very well - for a show the site is very disjointed with a grandstand in the middle of it - there must be better venues  more »
  • I was delighted to attend the fsb business awards at this venue. Excellent venue, fantastic food, perfect portion size and well presented. Service was excellent and could not be faulted. Waiting staff...  more »
  • Bottle white wine , retail £18.99 , sandown price £65!!!! This mark up cannot be justified, stop ripping off punters .  more »
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  • Went go a concert here. Was a bit nervous. Ended up enjoying myself more than I ever thought. Went in the More Road entrance, everyone so helpful. The concert was out of this world. Extra plus, it didn't rain .
  • Attended the Christian Resource Exhibition today at Sandown Park today. Great resource centre, good security, fantastic service from parking attendants for disabled parking. Fantastic day and looking forward to next year.
  • Wonderful collection of beads, tools, findings and everything you need. Good demonstrations and workshops. Only thing is I believe they should have water available.
  • Great venue. Easy parking. Not just for racing
  • Visited for Christian Resources Exbibition. An excellent venue. Good security, welcome, food & toilet facilities, and meeting space.

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