Sandown Park Racecourse

Sandown Park Racecourse, Esher, Surrey, KT10 9AJ - Map & Directions
01372 463072
Sandown Park
Sandown Park (Brendan and Ruth McCartney /

Sandown Park racecourse is located in Esher in Surrey and was one of the first courses to charge entry to all spectators attending. The track first opened in 1875 and the first meeting featured the Grand National Hunt Chase, which is now held at the Cheltenham Festival. Despite being famous for hosting racing, Sandown Park is also the home to many non-racing events, such as trade shows, wedding fairs and auctions. It has also hosted concerts for famous bands and musicians, including Girls Aloud, Madness and Westlife. Facilities at Sandown Park include a wedding reception suite, karting track, an 18 hole golf course and a dry ski slope, as well as offering fantastic views of Heathrow Airport and famous London landmarks such as Wembley Stadium, Canary Wharf and the London Eye.

The closest railway station to Sandown Park is Esher, which is located just down the road and is less than a mile away and is frequently served by trains from London Waterloo. Those travelling by car are encouraged to leave the M25 at J10 and take the A3 towards London. From there take the A307 and follow the signs to the racecourse.

Ticket Prices

Ticket prices come in two bands at Sandown Park. Access to the Premier Enclosure starts from just £22, whilst entry to the Grandstand is available for as little as £13.50. Customers under the age of 18 are allowed free entry to the course when accompanied by a full paying adult, although some identification may be required.

The Course

Sandown Park Racecourse
Sandown Park Racecourse (Rob Farrow /

Sandown Park accommodates both flat and National Hunt races. Flat races are run right-handed over an oval shaped course measuring 1m5f in circumference. The run in is 4f long and features a gradual incline. The shorter sprint course cuts diagonally through the longer course and is a 5f climb. The steeplechase course at Sandown is slightly longer than the flat one, measuring at 1m5½f.

The home straight is a long uphill, leading into a descent from the turn out of the home straight. The courses features 11 fences including an open ditch, which is bypassed for the final circuit. The hurdles course contains six fences that are spread over the summer flat course. Stamina is preferable on all three courses, particularly when the going is soft.

Major Meetings at Sandown Park

Sandown Park Racecourse
Sandown Park Racecourse (Stephen Craven /

Sandown Park hosts one of Britain’s Group 1 flat races – the Eclipse Stakes. The Stakes was established in 1886 and is run over a distance of 1m2f and 7y each year, generally in early July. The race was named after a famous race horse and at the time of its inception it was Britain’s richest race.

Five separate horses have won the race twice, whilst jockey Lester Piggott has won it seven times, the most recent of which was back in 1977. Other important races run annually at Sandown include the Henry II Stakes, the Sandown Mile, the Celebration Stakes and the Contenders Hurdle.

Dining and Hospitality

In terms of corporate hospitality and private boxes, like many British racetracks, Sandown offers three packages – bronze, silver and gold. Bronze prices start from £105, with silver and gold options starting from £130 and £200 respectively. There are also three restaurant packages available for the impressive Equus restaurant which is situated overlooking the finishing line.

The cheapest of those is the Kauto Star package, with prices starting from £69. The Sadler’s Wells package and the Arkle package are available from £95 and £170 respectively. All prices stated are per person.


Swap Start/End

Grudge Matches