RA Gold Cup - Sandown Park

Posted 16/02/15

The Duchess of Cornwall met other Royal Artillery Offficers and Soldiers at Sandown Park in Esher, Surrey.  The Royal Artillery Gold Cup, is an event that celebrates the bravery and dedication of the British Armed Forces with a day of horse racing.  


The Royal Artillery Gold Cup is one of the oldest events in the Racing Calendar, having existed for 150 years.  The inaugural event was held in 1862 at Eltham, although it was not until twelve months later that the now familiar race title came into existence.  Following in the footsteps of the Grand Military Meeting, which was first held in the 1840s, the meeting immediately proved extremely popular with members of the Regiment. Lieutenant George Arbuthnot, a famous Royal Artillery Officer of the time, rode the first winner, a horse by the name of Chickahominy.  Arbuthnot had a long and distinguished career in the Regiment and was recommended for the Victoria Cross during his service in India in the 1850s.  The jockeys must be amateurs and they must also be past or present members of any of the Armed Services. 




   The Duchess of Cornwall arriving at Sandown Park





 The Duchess of Cornwall presented the Trophy to the winner - Jody Sole




Guy Disney, who lost his right leg below the knee while serving in Afghanistan



For a full report please see the March Edition of the Gunner Magazine  


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