Thursday 18 February 2021
AN AFTERNOON OF QUALITY JUMP RACING
The spectacle that is the Royal Artillery Gold Cup is one of Sandown Park’s oldest races, having first been staged at the Esher racecourse in 1878. With the Royal Artillery Gold Cup was unable to be run in 2021, a potential star of the future could be found on the same card in the Jane Seymour Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle.
First staged in 2013 as a Listed race, the 2m 4f prize was upgraded to its current Grade Two status in 2016.
Though none of the previous winners of the Jane Seymour Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle have gone on to succeed at Grade One level, winners have gone on to enjoy successful careers by adding further victories to their names, either over hurdles or fences.
The Telegraph Hill “National Hunt” Novices’ Hurdle is another race on the card with form for finding future talent, as 2019 winner Reserve Tank demonstrated by triumphing ahead of subsequent Grade One victories at Aintree and Punchestown.
Even without the Royal Artillery Gold Cup in 2021, this year’s card does boast two competitive races over the larger obstacles, the Elmbridge Handicap Chase and Littleworth Handicap Chase.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR RACEHORSE OWNERS
We look forward to welcoming you to our racecourses.
As you will no doubt know, a limited number of spectators will be permitted to attend our racecourses in line with new Government restrictions, from May 17th. Please note that the number of racehorse owners with a declared runner will be limited to a maximum of six owners per horse, unless when stipulated otherwise.
Owners attending must comply with our terms and conditions of entry and agree to The Jockey Club code of conduct, which include following the current Government COVID-19 restrictions, including social distancing and no mixing between households.
Please continue to book badges by 4pm the day before you wish to attend. Track and trace information must also be provided for all attendees. The entry process at each racecourse will be the same as for spectators.
Owners will now be able to mix with trainers socially and you will also have access to enter the Parade Ring and Winner’s Enclosure, which currently will be only for your specific race/s. Face coverings must be worn at all times in these areas and when on grandstand steppings or seating, a covered area, in a queue and anywhere indoors, except for when seated eating or drinking. Everyone is also strongly recommended to wear face coverings when in other outdoor areas, but this is not mandatory.
Catering and hospitality will remain in line with Government COVID-19 protocols, where all food and drink can only be ordered, served and consumed seated. Please check the relevant racecourse websites for more details on the offerings at each venue.
We wish you every success on the day and look forward to you joining us soon.
THANK YOU FROM THE JOCKEY CLUB CEO NEVIN TRUESDALE