The Betfair Tingle Creek Festival is Returning to Sandown Park Racecourse


The Betfair Tingle Creek Festival returns to Sandown Park Racecourse on Friday the 2nd and Saturday the 3rd December with two days of top-class Jump racing culminating in the Grade One Betfair Tingle Creek Chase.


This is the highlight of the Jump season at Sandown Park, starting with a fascinating six-race card on Friday, headlined by the Grade Two Winter Novices’ Hurdle before a star-studded line-up takes to the track for the Betfair Tingle Creek Chase, one of two Grade One races which feature on Saturday’s card. Run over two miles, the Betfair Tingle Creek is one of the most prestigious races in the division.

Speed and accurate jumping are a must to land a race which has been won by some of Jump racing’s all-time greats, which include horses like Altior, Desert Orchid, Moscow Flyer, Kauto Star, Sprinter Sacre and Sire De Grugy. This year’s renewal looks to be just as exciting as previous years, with last year’s winner Greaneteen looking to defend his title.


Alongside the top quality racing on the track racegoers will have the chance to support the local community through the Gifting Programme, an opportunity for those attending to bring small items with them that can be donated across both days of the fixture. There will be donation points at the arrival desk in the main foyer for the Grandstand, so racegoers can donate their gifts when arriving on the day. Sarah Drabwell, General Manager of Sandown Park, said, “Once again, we are encouraging racegoers to bring gifts of all shapes and sizes, so we can gift these donations to all ages of children throughout the community.”

The Gifting Programme will aim to distribute the donated gifts to members of the local community as Christmas or birthday presents over the months following the Betfair Tingle Creek Festival. Working together with Christ Church, one of the two churches in the Parish of Esher, the gifts will go to Lower Green Community Centre. Located close to Sandown Park, in a low-income neighbourhood, the Centre is committed to helping the local community, with a particular focus on children and families.


The Centre is a welcoming community support hub with a cafe where local people can meet for a chat, take part in various activities and access help and support when needed. The Centre runs a Community Fridge and Foodstore stocked with surplus supermarket produce and has recently partnered with the Brite Box Project which distributes meals for low-income families to cook with their children. The Centre also hosts regular children’s activities including a toddler group, soccer school, Scout group and youth film club and is a distribution point for Stripey Stork, a Reigate based charity which provides baby equipment, children’s clothes and other items to families in need.

Jenny French, Community Projects Manager at Lower Green Community Centre added, “With the current financial climate, the support hub at the Lower Green Community Centre will be crucial in helping people through the winter. With Christmas just around the corner, our aim is to help every family enjoy the festive season. The donated gifts will ensure that everyone has presents to give their children and will relieve the worry that those who are struggling inevitably feel at this time of the year. We are so grateful to Sandown Park for supporting the work of the Community Centre and look forward to distributing the gifts that racegoers bring along to both days of the Betfair Tingle Creek Festival.”

Tickets for both days of the Betfair Tingle Creek Festival, including hospitality packages and restaurants, are available through the Sandown Park website.


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