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Sandown Park Racecourse, Esher

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4.1/5 based on 160+ reviews on the web
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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  • Booked a table for 10 in the restaurant and I cannot speak highly enough of the staff, they were attentive and professional at all times, nothing was too much trouble. The restaurant was beautifully s...  read more »
  • The race days are great. It's fun and lively. The Track is in good shape. It's a nice track and you can easily see the horses. They should upgrade the bar areas soon. They need it and the loos need an...  read more »
  • Attended a 60th birthday party. Excellent setting, with very good service. Bar lacked some "extras" like lime cordial, but catered for most needs. Food was very good & well presented. 
  • Great venue, attractive surroundings, plenty to see and do. But leave early as the traffic is terrible getting there.
  • Omar was a great Guy, he served us well and treated us brilliantly. I cannot stress how great Omar was.
  • Was a little dark when we raced, but nice and clean kit. The race was real fun. Would definitely be back
  • The place is wonderful and there is golf with a cafe next to the golf the cafe served excellent milkshake
  • Business conference held here. Facilities were basic and catering was poor (although this may have been an external company)
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