whats on, racing, horseracing, go racing, royal artillery, sandownThe cavalry comes to Sandown Park Racecourse for a top day of racing with the Royal Artillery Gold Cup Day on Friday 18th February. This promises to be a truly spectacular event as the racecourse hosts an exclusive equestrian Heroes Parade, kindly sponsored by Marks and Spencer, in support of the Help for Heroes charity.

The racecourse is delighted to have teamed up with Help for Heroes for Royal Artillery Day, and the strong affiliation with the charity is one that gives the racecourse great pride and pleasure to work with. Money raised on this day, will go towards the opening of Halfway Houses around the country to prepare badly wounded service personnel for their return to military and civil life. Their work has truly captured the heart of the nation and to date they have raised a staggering £81m.

Before events commence there will be a military parade in Esher High Street, with troops marching through Esher town. Last year was the first time that the soldiers from 22 (Gibralter 1779-83) Battery and 32 Regiment Royal Artillery had marched through the town and the parade attracted hundreds of flag-waving supporters to pay tribute to the troops who had recently returned from Afghanistan. The parade is part of the build-up to the Royal Artillery Gold Cup race meeting where the parade will finish at Sandown Park racecourse in time for gates to open at midday.  

The Royal Artillery Hunt will be on parade in between the racing and racegoers can head down to the course to mingle with the Master of Hounds and hear the calling of the Huntsman Horn.

This is one of Sandown Park’s oldest races having been first run at the racecourse in 1863, gathering fame and distinction with every passing year. It is restricted to horses that are owned by members or ex-members, of the Royal Regiment or Artillery. The jockeys, too, must be past or present members of the Armed Services.

For further information or to book in advance general admission, please visit www.sandown.co.uk or call 01372 47 00 47.

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Allison is the Publisher of Eclipse Magazine. She loves going to the Races and is learning to bet (despite being officially the worst bettor in the History of the Universe), there’s a lot more to learn…