By Simon Jackson.
Punters travelling to Sandown Park for the Coral-Eclipse Stakes on Saturday are assured of a winning start after news that the racecourse is offering a free train service from Waterloo.
Sandown is set to stage a seven race card headed by the Group 1 Coral-Eclipse Stakes that carries prizemoney of £435,000 and has attracted a superb field.
The betting for the feature race is headed by Prince Of Wales’s Stakes winner The Fugue at 7-4 with Paddy Power. QIPCO 2000 Guineas victor Night Of Thunder – who was second to Kingman in the St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot at his last start – is next at 3-1 and trainer Richard Hannon has confirmed that he is a certain runner.
“Night of Thunder definitely runs at Sandown,” Hannon said on his website.
“Kingman is very good and put us firmly in our place at Ascot, so rather than take him on again we are going up in trip.
“Night Of Thunder ran all the way to the line at Ascot and I walked off the stand convinced that it would be worth trying him over further. When Hughesie [Richard Hughes – jockey] got off he was of the same opinion, so we are giving it a go.”
The free train to Sandown is scheduled to depart from London Waterloo at 11.02am from Platform Six and arrives at Esher station, which is a short walk from the racecourse, at approximately 11.21am.
The train is limited to 500 places. To bag a free seat on the South West train chartered by Sandown, racegoers need only to show their ticket for Coral-Eclipse Day.
Tickets for Coral-Eclipse Day can be purchased at www.sandown.co.uk or 0844 579 3012. Under 18s get in free when accompanied by a paying adult.
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