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.