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Sandown Park

Thursday 18 February 2021

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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.


Jockey Club Racecourses very much looks forward to welcoming Owners to our courses, with many of the Covid protocols now removed from the raceday experience. Your patience and support since we welcomed owners back to our courses in April has been hugely appreciated.


As it was before March 2020, we are delighted to offer six Owners badges to those with runners on the day, as well as lunch in our Owners facilities, access to the paddock etc. Syndicates will be offered the choice of Owners badges or a larger selection of General Admission badges (syndicate managers should speak to the individual racecourses at the entry stage to arrange details).

There will be no social distancing and access to the paddock will be granted as it was before the pandemic, with only the occasional limitation for major handicaps at courses with smaller paddocks. Racegoers are strongly encouraged to wear a face covering in areas where they come into close contact with lots of other people, particularly indoors, for the safety of all racegoers.

Owners should continue to use the PASS system as previously to request tickets.


We look forward to welcoming you to our racecourses and wish you the best of luck with your runner(s).


Nevin Truesdale, CEO, The Jockey Club

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