Right hand course. Draw no advantage on the round course high numbers are best with soft going on the straight course
Sandown Park is situated in the Surrey country side and lays claim to being the first racecourse in the UK to be completely enclosed. It was opened in 1875 and due to good rail links was popular from the beginning.
The stands which are on top of an hill give a great view over the whole course, which is oval with a 5 furlong straight running through the middle, the gradients are easy but with a very stiff uphill run in to the finish on both tracks only horses with good stamina are going to win.
This course favours horses that like to stride out. suits front runners.
Flat races include the Eclipse Stakes this is run over 1m 2f and is classed as a semi classic being first run in 1886. other races include classic trail in April, Esher Cup, Gordon Richards Stakes, May sees the Temple Stakes Henry II stakes, Brigadier Gerard Stakes, August sees the Solario Stakes.
Sandown is a stiff test of national hunt horses the fences are stiff and they come in rapid succession on the back straight which takes it's toll on indifferent jumpers and inexperienced riders. Front runners do well at Sandown.
National hunt races at Sandown Park are: Imperial Cup run in March this race was first run in 1907, also home to the Grand Military Meeting, Royal Artillery Meeting December sees the Mitsubishi Shogun Tingle Creek Trophy Chase. Coral Sports Handicap Hurdle, February the Tote Scoop6 Sandown Handicap Hurdle, Scilly Isles Novices Chase Agfa Diamond Limited Handicap chase