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Sandown Park Top Five Moments 2023

Article 16th December 2022 Sandown Park

It's been an incredible year here at Sandown Park. Getting in the first full season of racing with crowds since 2019 has been an unmistakable highlight and we have explored some of the other memorable moments from this year below.

5. Ladies Day Panel at the Coral Eclipse

The summer highlight every year at Sandown Park is undoubtedly the Coral-Eclipse Festival in early July. With the sun basking down on Esher in mid-summer it is a fixture not to be missed and this year had an extra special component thanks to our Ladies Day panel. Maddy Playle, one of the Racing Post’s leading journalists hosted the panel in the Winners Enclosure on Ladies Day and was joined by Laura Collett and Mia Palles-Clark, two superstars in other equine sports. A detailed QA took racegoers through the journey that they had each been on and inspired a future generation to get involved in anything they want to do.

Maddy Playle leads the panel at Coral Eclipse Ladies Day

4. Two Novice Grade 1s = Two Cheltenham Festival winners

2022 got off to a remarkable start for Sandown Park, although we didn’t know just how remarkable at the start. The year started with a resounding win for Constitution Hill in the Grade 1 Unibet Tolworth Hurdle. From there Constitution Hill went on to win the Supreme Novices Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival and is the current favourite for the 2023 Champion Hurdle at the same meeting.

L'homme Presse was next up, winning the Grade 1 Scilly Isles Novice Chase at our Contenders ay fixture in February before he followed up on his next run in the Brown Advisory Novices’ Grade 1 at the Cheltenham Festival and is currently a market favourite for the 2023 Cheltenham Gold Cup. Will either of this years throw up to more superstars in the making?

Constitution Hill wins the 2022 Unibet Tolworth Hurdle

3. Gifting Programme

Thanks to the kindness and generosity of our racegoers at this year’s Betfair Tingle Creek Festival, we received over 250 individual present donations that were supplied to Lower Green Community Centre and distributed to the families and children of the local community most in need this Christmas. We couldn’t do these amazing things without the help and support of all of our racegoers and we will continue to support local initiatives in 2023. Keep an eye on your inbox for how you can help next year.

Tingle Creek Gifting Programme

2. Edwardstone wins the Betfair Tingle Creek

A Betfair Tingle Creek for the ages unfolded at Sandown Park in 2022. A select field of six made their way to post which included the much anticipated return on Shishkin as well as reigning Champion and Sandown specialist, Greaneteen. As it happened the race wasn’t as closely fought as most people expected with Edwardstone, trained by Alan King, proving to be much to strong for his talented rivals.

Edwardstone wins the 2022 Betfair Tingle Creek

1. Vadeni wins the Coral-Eclipse

An international runner at a UK fixture is always a sight to behold and Vadeni did not disappoint when winning the Group 1 Coral-Eclipse here in July. The race was a deep one in terms of quality, with Vadeni lining up against a high-quality field which included once joint highest rated horse in the world, Mishriff. In winning the race, Vadeni became the first French-trained horse to win the race for 62 years and am sure will provide the opportunity for many more French runners in the future.

Vadeni wins the 2022 Coral-Eclipse

Thank you to all of our racegoers who joined us and shared in these memories in 2022 and we look forward to welcoming you all to Sandown Park again in 2023. 

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