Sandown Park, Portsmouth Road, Esher, Surrey, KT10 9AJ
Tel: 01372 464 348
You could spend an exhilarating day at Sandown Park, imagining that it was created yesterday. But actually, the racecourse has a long and distinguished past. In fact, it occupies a unique place in British racing history and has been the backdrop to legendary contests between horses and riders that remain household names.
The course was designed and built, when other racecourses had simply evolved from misty, Mediaeval origins. There were plans for a lunatic asylum, a new town – but the racecourse won the day!
Sandown Park was the first racecourse to be enclosed and in the words of a contemporary diarist it was ‘a place where a man could take his ladies without any fear of their hearing coarse language or witnessing uncouth behaviour’.
It was to become the Queen Mother’s favourite course and provided a suitably impressive backdrop to the feats of Arkle, Mill Reef and Desert Orchid.
Yet it has always developed in sympathy with the spirit of the times and is now one of the most modern and accessible racing venues in the country.