Sandown Park is a purpose built racecourse located in Esher, Surrey in what is today a green belt that has been preserved just outside Greater London. The first race took place in 1875 at a time when Sandown Park was part of a vast expanse of luscious countryside far from the crowds and the busy Capital city London. Today, Sandown Park is just a 25 minute train ride from Waterloo Station and the skyline of the central business district can be seen in the distance from the viewpoint at the top of the hill.
Sandown Park is an outstanding turf racecourse used for flat racing and National Hunt racing hosting at least 10 high profile flat races annually with the ‘Eclipse Stakes’ the most important race of this group. Sandown Park was the favorite racecourse of the late Queen Mother who enjoyed horse racing above all other sports. The Henry II Stakes, Sandown Classic Trial, The Sprint Stakes and the Sandown Mile are all events in the flat race category which draw huge numbers of spectators. There are eight notable National Hunt Races including the Bet365 Gold Cup, The Celebrations Chase and the Henry VIII Novices Chase. The ‘Premier Enclosure’ gives spectators the best view in the UK of the races as they happen and includes a horse walk where the magnificent participants walk past within a few metres of the visitors in the enclosure.
Apart from the big name races, there are numerous meetings where enjoyable horse racing is watched by visitors who benefit from the modern, top quality facilities that have been designed and built to make the day at the races one to remember. The bars and restaurants are suited to all tastes and corporate hospitality is catered for to perfection. Many non-equestrian events are held at the racecourse including exhibitions, banquets, and music concerts making it a great destination the whole year round for people seeking various types of entertainment in a pristine countryside setting not far from London.