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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.

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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