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Sandown Park

9th March 2019
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Prepare for cheltenham

 

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

 

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 including an Irish band, mini Guinness Village where the live rugby will be shown and plenty more!

 

Gates open: 11:30

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. Confirmed speakers are top trainers, Nicky Henderson, Alan King and 2010 Cheltenham Gold Cup winning jockey, Paddy Brennan, hosted by Mick Fitzgerald.

 

You can still purchase tickets at Sandown Park from the information point in the main entrance. Tickets are £5 with all profits going to the The Injured Jockeys Fund.

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. The feature race will be run at 2.25pm.

We are doing all we can to keep you safe and wanted to let you know that we’ve enhanced our security at Sandown Park. Please note that random bag checks and additional security searches will be in operation upon arrival, so please allow additional time for entry to the Racecourse

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Bars & Food

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Order of Running

Time

Race

Distance

1.20pm

THE GET SWITCHED ON WITH MATCHBOOK JUVENILE HANDICAP HURDLE RACE

2 miles

1.50pm

THE EUROPEAN BREEDERS’ FUND MATCHBOOK VIP ‘NATIONAL HUNT’ NOVICES’ HANDICAP HURDLE RACE FINAL (Grade 3)

2 miles 4 furlongs

2.25pm

THE MATCHBOOK IMPERIAL CUP HANDICAP HURDLE RACE (Grade 3)

2 miles

3.00pm

THE EBF STALLIONS/TBA MARES’ STANDARD OPEN NATIONAL HUNT FLAT RACE FINAL (Listed Race)

2 miles

3.35pm

THE MATCHBOOK RACING IS COMMISSION FREE HANDICAP STEEPLE CHASE

3 miles

4.10pm

THE MATCHBOOK BETTING PODCAST NOVICES’ LIMITED HANDICAP STEEPLE CHASE

2 miles 4 furlongs

4.45pm

THE COMMISSION FREE RACING AT MATCHBOOK HANDICAP STEEPLE CHASE

2 miles 4 furlongs

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