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Sandown Park

7 March 2020

Prepare for cheltenham


Only a few days before the start of The Festival™ Presented By Magners at Cheltenham, this fantastic day is all about gathering your friends and getting ready for the week ahead.


A day of thrilling Jump racing and great entertainment. The perfect warm-up for the Cheltenham Festival!

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Our exciting packages combine stunning food with incredible views. Explore our range of dining and hospitality packages to complete your raceday experience.

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The Racing & History


7 races will be taking place on Matchbook Imperial Cup Day featuring two Grade 3 hurdles and a listed Flat race. The Imperial Cup was first run in 1907 and was considered the most important and prestigious hurdle race of the season right up until the launch of the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham in 1927. The likes of Olympian, Blowing Wind and Gaspara have all gone on to win at the Cheltenham Festival after winning at Sandown Park.


on and off track entertainment


The feature race, the Matchbook Imperial Cup is where future stars often make their mark. It's a great opportunity to experience a piece of Cheltenham if you aren't going and the perfect warm-up if you are. There's lots of entertainment aside from the racing, last year saw a brilliant Irish band, the mini Guinness Village where the live sport was shown and much more!

The Cheltenham Preview Panel


After the racing, don't miss the chance to hear exclusive news and tips from top trainers & jockeys just days before The Festival on The Cheltenham Preview Panel. Last year's speakers included top trainers, Nicky Henderson, Alan King and 2010 Cheltenham Gold Cup winning jockey, Paddy Brennan, and was hosted by Mick Fitzgerald.


Ticket profits go to The Injured Jockeys Fund.

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Terms & Conditions

As part of ensuring our guests enjoy a safe environment while attending Sandown Park Racecourse, we thank you for cooperating with our routine search procedures on arrival. Find our full terms & conditions of entry here.

Following redevelopments at Sandown Park, please be aware the Grandstand View suite has been transformed into the 1875 Lounge. Grandstand ticket holders will still be able to enjoy the external terrace overlooking the Parade Ring, but no longer access the first floor bars.

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