Sandown Racecourse is located in Surrey, England and hosts both jumps and flat meetings. Set in a natural amphitheatre, Sandown races stages high quality racing throughout the year. Racing includes the Tingle Creek Chase and Tolworth hurdle over the jumps and the Brigadier Gerard Stakes and Coral Eclipse Stakes during the flat season. Sandown is also one of only two British racecourses to combine both National Hunt and flat racing on the same card. This occurs during their two day Gold Cup meeting in April.
Sandown Betting Tips
The National Hunt course is a right-handed galloping track measuring just over 1 mile 5 furlongs in circumference. The steeplechase course consists of 11 fences, including seven on the back straight alone, with the last three appearing in close proximity. It’s regarded as one of the toughest tests of a horse’s jumping ability in Britain. A combination of solid jumping, pace and, more importantly, stamina are key attributes of many winners at Sandown. The hurdles course requires six flights to be negotiated, four of which are positioned on the back straight. The remaining two appear on the test home straight. When conditions worsen, the hurdles course is notoriously difficult to navigate due to a combination of tough gradients and diminishing ground. In the majority of cases, a tough slogger will be triumphant.
The main flat course at Sandown is also run right-handed. The oval course is slightly shorter than the jumps course, measuring 1 mile 5 furlongs exactly, and has an uphill run in of four half furlongs. The 5 furlong sprint course runs through the centre of the main course on a steady incline throughout. When selecting our Sandown tips, we prefer a good galloping type with plenty of speed and stamina. This is due to the gradual climb from the home turn onwards.
Sandown Draw Bias
Races over 5 furlongs are run on the straight course and the common perception is that a low draw is favourable. However, this only seems to be the case when the ground is on the softer side. Seven furlong races at Sandown are run around a tight bend. Consequently, this favours horses on the lower side of the draw, whereas over a mile that advantage is considerably shorter. This is because the runners and riders have an extra furlong at the start to find a position.
Sandown Betting Trends
Both Paul Nicholls and Gary Moore are ahead of the rest in terms of total winnings at Sandown races over the last three years. That statistic is largely thanks to the prize money on offer to the winner of the Tingle Creek Chase. Nicholls trained the 2014 winner with Dodging Bullets and Moore won it twice (2013 and 2015) with Sire De Grugy. Both of them went on the win a Queen Mother Champion Chase at Cheltenham in the same season. Daryl Jacob is the standout jockey at the course, with an impressive 41.67% win rate from his 24 rides since 2013.
On the flat, surprisingly Richard Hannon has just 22 winners from his 180 mounts. Willie Haggas, John Gosden and Sir Michael Stoute all send their fair share of runners here and gain decent results. With the high class racing on offer at Sandown, it’s hardly surprising that the top trainers do very well, a fact that is reflected by the most successful jockeys, namely Frankie Dettori, Ryan Moore and William Buick.
Sandown Feature Races
- Tolworth Hurdle (Grade 1) (2m)
- Gainsborough Chase (Handicap) (3m 110y)
- Scilly Isles Novices’ Chase (Grade 1) (2m 4f 110y)
- Heroes Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3) (2m 6f)
- Contenders Hurdle (Conditions) (2m 110y)
- Grand Military Gold Cup (Conditions) (3m 110y)
- Imperial Cup (Grade 3) (2m 110y)
- European Breeders’ Fund Novices’ Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3) (2m 4f)
- Sandown Mile (Group 2) (1m)
- Sandown Classic Trial (Group 3) (1m 2f)
- Gordon Richard Stakes (Group 3) (1m 2f)
- bet365 Gold Cup (Grade 3) (3m 5f 110y)
- Esher Cup (Group 3) (1m)
- Celebration Chase (Grade 3) (2m)
- Henry II Stakes (Group 3) (2m)
- Brigadier Gerard Stakes (Group 3) (1m 2f)
- National Stakes (Listed) (5f)
- Heron Stakes (Listed) (1m)
- Whitsun Cup (Listed) (1m)
- Eclipse Stakes (Group 1) (1m 2f)
- Sprint Stakes (Group 3) (5f)
- Atalanta Stakes (Group 3) (1m)
- Solario Stakes (Group 3) (7f)
- Winter Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 2) (2m 4f)
- Henry VIII Novices’ Chase (Grade 1) (2m)
- Tingle Creek Chase (Grade 1) (2m)