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 are pleased to be able to welcome back owners to our racecourses from Monday 29th March, in line with the Government’s roadmap for easing lockdown restrictions.
As part of a phased, risk-managed approach, attendance at our racecourses between March 29th and April 12th will be limited to a maximum of two owners per horse, unless when stipulated otherwise. Owners attending must comply with our terms and conditions of entry and the Government restrictions, including regarding social mixing between households.
In order to meet the ongoing Government criteria, racecourses are currently unable to provide hospitality at this stage. However, light refreshments will be available and there will be no time limit on how long owners are permitted to remain on course.
We wish you every success on the day and look forward to you joining us at our racecourse soon.
Further information and more details are available in the BHA's Owners Guide.