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Matchbook doubles Imperial Cup bonus to £100,000

Press Release 24th January 2018 Sandown Park

Matchbook, sponsors of the Imperial Cup at Sandown Park Racecourse, will offer a £100,000 bonus should the winner of the Matchbook Imperial Cup at Sandown Park on 10th March go on to win any race at the Cheltenham Festival the following week. This sees a 100% increase on last year’s bonus, from £50,000 to £100,000. 

The Matchbook Imperial Cup Handicap Hurdle is run over 2 miles and is worth £75,000 this year, an increase of £5,000.

Matchbook sponsors 16 fixtures at Sandown Park and Kempton Park Racecourses in 2018, including the historic Brigadier Gerard Evening at Sandown Park and Silver Cups Day at Kempton Park.

Matchbook will also support the Cheltenham Festival preview panel held after racing on Imperial Cup day. Further details will be announced shortly.

Bradley Morrish, Matchbook Director of Business Development, said:

“We are excited to invest £100,000 in our continued commitment to British Racing and support of The Jockey Club, doubling the previous bonus we brought back to the Imperial Cup last year. We look forward to seeing some Cheltenham contenders at Sandown Park on what is a fantastic day in the lead up to the Festival.”

Tony Langenegger, London Region Partnerships Manager, The Jockey Club, said:

“We are delighted Matchbook have chosen to continue with the Imperial Cup bonus this year. We thank them for generously doubling the bonus to £100,000, which provides an extra dimension to the day and we look forward to seeing which Cheltenham contenders are entered in the Matchbook Imperial Cup. The Matchbook Imperial Cup day is always a great day’s racing, that perfectly tees up four days of action at the Cheltenham Festival the following week.”

Notes to editors:

1. The bonus will be split as follows:

£60,000 to the winning owner

£20,000 to winning trainer

£10,000 to the winning yard

£10,000 to the winning jockey (split in half if two jockeys are involved)

Horses to have won the bonus in previous years are: Olympian (1993 Coral Cup), Blowing Wind (1998 County Hurdle) and Gaspara (2007 Fred Winter Hurdle).

2. About Sandown Park:

Sandown Park Racecourse is part of The Jockey Club, which stages thrilling sporting occasions including The Randox Health Grand National, The Cheltenham Festival and The Investec Derby. Millions of people every year enjoy the special experiences we offer through racing, music, food and entertainment. Governed by Royal Charter, every penny we make goes back into British Racing to help the sport thrive. We were founded in 1750 and today we are the largest commercial group in Britain’s second-biggest spectator sport, operating 15 racecourses nationwide, The National Stud, Jockey Club Estates, Jockey Club Catering, Jockey Club Live and our charity, Racing Welfare. For more information visit

3. About Matchbook:

Matchbook is a peer-to-peer betting exchange designed for smart bettors who want more value. Offering high-limit markets and low commissions, Matchbook returns maximum value to bettors, providing a competitive advantage over betting with a bookmaker.

On Matchbook, bettors find better odds more often across all markets including football, NFL, NBA, MLB, and most recently, Horse Racing.

Committed to improving each individual’s betting experience, Matchbook helps bettors make smarter, more informed bets by providing educational tools such as Matchbook Insights, the Matchbook Betting Podcast, and the Matchbook Traders Conference.

Matchbook is licensed and regulated by the Alderney Gambling Control Commission and the UK Gambling Commission.  

More information is available at


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