The Royal Artillery Gold Cup, usually staged at Sandown Park, will take place this year at Wincanton Racecourse on Wednesday, 2nd April. The race was abandoned at Sandown Park on Friday, 14th February due to water logging.
The conditions and value of the race (£10,000) remain unaltered at Wincanton, and entries will close on Thursday, 27th March.
The Royal Artillery Gold Cup was first run at Sandown Park in 1878 and has been run there continuously every season since 1921. It is restricted to horses that are owned or have been leased by those who are serving or have served in the Royal Artillery or one of its recognised Establishments or Units.
Andrew Cooper, Head of Racing and Clerk of the Course, Sandown Park, said:
"Sandown Park welcomes the re-scheduling of the 2014 Royal Artillery Gold Cup to Wincanton on April 2, given that there was no suitable remaining fixture here. This historic race has not been lost since 1952 and all involved have worked hard to ensure a renewal for this year at another of The Jockey Club’s racecourses.”
Steve Parlett, General Manager, Wincanton Racecourse, said:
"We are delighted to be able to offer the Royal Artillery Gold Cup a home this season. It is a race with a rich tradition and with the large amount of military personnel in the general vicinity Wincanton will provide an excellent temporary home and we look forward to welcoming all the owners, trainers, jockeys and service men and women to the West Country."
This week Wincanton races on Thursday, March 6th with 3,000 registered racegoers for Free Racing courtesy of Bathwick Tyres.