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Saturday 12 March

saturday afternoon jump racing 


If there was a perfect prelude to the Cheltenham Festival then Paddy Power Imperial Cup Day at Sandown Park is almost certainly it. 


In years gone by winners of the two mile prize have gone on to glory at The Festival the following week, including Blowing Wind in 1998, who followed up in the County Hurdle, and 2007 winner Gaspara, who backed her win up in the Fred Winter Juvenile Novices’ Handicap Hurdle.


Equally as competitive is the Grade Three European Breeders’ Fund Paddy Power ‘National Hunt’ Novices’ Handicap Hurdle, which was claimed in 2007 by subsequent dual Ryanair Chase winner Albertas Run.


There will be two Listed races on the card this year with the Listed Paddy Power Novices’ Handicap Chase, switched from The Festival, joining the British Stallion Studs EBF Mares’ Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race.


Winners of the Paddy Power Imperial Cup will not be the only ones with a potential outing at Cheltenham, with the Paddy Power Three Sleeps To Cheltenham Juvenile Handicap Hurdle also offering an 11th hour opportunity to creep up the weights ahead of potential Festival engagements.








Important Information


COVID measures:

We are continuing to recommend all guests take a Lateral Flow Test before attending our fixtures, but this is not mandatory. You will not be required to show proof of this on entry. We are also continuing to recommend wearing face masks in crowded indoor spaces and checking in via the NHS COVID-19 app on arrival. QR codes remain located around the racecourse to enable you to check in should you wish to.


Cashless VENUE

Our racecourses continue to operate on a ‘cashless’ basis. All ticket, racecard payments and food and drink purchases within our racecourse are to be made via card payment only, unfortunately cash payments will not be accepted.

However, cash may be used when placing bets with all on-course bookmakers only.


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The Racing & History


Seven races will be taking place on Paddy Power 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 Cheltenham Festival after winning at Sandown Park.

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Plan your Day

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