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SANDOWN (FLAT)

Home to the Group 1 Eclipse Stakes, Sandown also plays host to a number of other important pattern races on the Flat including the Group 2 Sandown Mile.
Located at Esher in Surrey, the track is only 15 miles from London’s West End and easily reachable from the M25. Follow signs for the A307 Portsmouth Road. Esher Station is only a few minutes walk from the course entrance and has regular services to London Victoria. Buses also run from Central London and nearby Kingston-on-Thames to the track.

Right-handed and approximately a mile and a half in circumference, the ground falls away on racing away from the stands but there is s stiff climb to the finish over the final 3f and the ability to truly stay the trip is paramount.

Over 7f on the round course, low numbers have an advantage unless the ground is very soft when the runners tend to race wide off the turn and head form the stands rail. Sprint races over 5f are contested on a separate chute and low numbers are greatly favoured in those events, though the complexion of races can change significantly as front-runners fade.

Sandown, opened in 1875, was the first course in Britain to be fully enclosed and also the first to charge those attending meetings. The Gordon Richards Stakes is one of the first Group 3 races of the Flat season. Run in April, it’s a 1m2f contest for four-year-olds and upwards that was first staged in 1963. Formerly known as the Westbury Stakes, it was renamed in honour of the legendary jockey on his death in 1986. Sir Michael Stoute has trained the winner on four occasions since the turn of the century and seven times in total. Past winners include Indian Skimmer and the top-class Singspiel.

Jeremy Noseda’s runners have a terrific record at Sandown and it almost goes without saying that Sir Michael Stoute’s horses, three-year-olds in particular, should be kept on the right side.

SANDOWN (NATIONAL HUNT)

Located at Esher in Surrey, the track is only 15 miles from London’s West End and easily reachable from the M25. Follow signs for the A307 Portsmouth Road. Esher Station is only a few minutes walk from the course entrance and has regular services to London Victoria. Buses also run from Central London and nearby Kingston-on-Thames to the track.

Right-handed and approximately a mile and a half in circumference, the ground falls away on racing away from the stands but there is s stiff climb to the finish over the final 3f and the ability to truly stay the trip is paramount. The fences are some of the stiffest in the country and the three Railway fences and Pond fence stuff of legends. The railway fences are three obstacles in close proximity down the far side. Chasers are in real peril if they meet the first on the wrong stride as it’s notoriously difficult to recover and a race can be won or lost at this stage.

The Grade 1 Tingle Creek Chase is staged in December and is the mid-season championship for 2m chasers and usually a valuable pointer towards the Queen Mother Champion Chase the following March. But the most spectacular race over the Sandown fences if often the bet365 Chase (formerly the Whitbread Gold Cup), the last major contest of the National Hunt season in April and probably a greater test of jumping accuracy and staying power than the Grand National. Placed horses from Aintree can do well but few chasers have had the class to carry more than 11st to victory in recent years and those with an official rating of between 132 and 145 do best. A run within the previous 50 days is also a good pointer.

Nicky Henderson and Neil King’s runners are often thereabouts at Sandown and Alan King sends some of his best chasers to the track. Also watch out for Paul Nicholls’ bumper horses.
 

Thursday 25th May Results
Time Winner Racecard
6.00 Boycie 7/1 View Result
6.30 Havana Grey 5/1 View Result
7.05 Big Orange 4/5 View Result
7.35 Autocratic 8/1 View Result
8.10 Khafoo Shememi 5/1 View Result
8.40 Laidback Romeo 8/1 View Result
Saturday 29th April Results
Time Winner Racecard
1.50 Call Me Lord 5/1 View Result
2.25 Menorah 9/4 View Result
3.00 Altior 30/100 View Result
3.35 Henllan Harri 40/1 View Result
4.10 L'Ami Serge 7/2 View Result
4.45 Shantou Village 3/1 View Result
5.20 Wait For Me 5/1 View Result
Friday 28th April Results
Time Winner Racecard
1.50 Atty Persse 6/4 View Result
2.20 Ulysses 3/1 View Result
2.55 Cunco 5/1 View Result
3.30 Sovereign Debt 9/2 View Result
4.05 Jumira Bridge 11/4 View Result
4.35 Serenada 2/1 View Result
5.10 Flood Warning 16/1 View Result
Saturday 11th March Results
Time Winner Racecard
12.20 Gregarious 7/2 View Result
12.50 Minella Awards 8/1 View Result
1.25 Shanroe Santos 10/3 View Result
2.00 London Prize 10/1 View Result
2.35 Cap Soleil 9/2 View Result
3.10 Casse Tete 15/2 View Result
3.45 Morning Reggie 5/1 View Result


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