Afghanistan veteran with medals and child
10 March 2014

SSAFA is chosen charity for Grand Military Gold Cup Day

SSAFA volunteers and guests spent an enjoyable day at Sandown Park racecourse for the event which is steeped in racing and military heritage.


SSAFA is chosen charity for Grand Military Gold Cup Day

SSAFA was the chosen charity of Grand Military Gold Cup Day at Sandown Park Racecourse on Friday.

Steeped in racing and military heritage, the day featured a host of entertainment including the sounds of a military band and a parade of hunt hounds. The day’s feature race, the Grand Military Gold Cup, dates back to 1841 and showcased some of the country’s finest amateur jockeys.

The last race of the day was the SSAFA Forces and Families National Hunt Novices Hurdle. SSAFA guests judged ‘Willpower’ to be the Best Turned Out Horse in the paddock prior to the race but in the event it was ‘In Fairness’ who was first past the post.

Keith Sargent, chairman of SSAFA’s Surrey Branch, said: “We are delighted to have been selected as the chosen charity for Grand Military Gold Cup Day, an event that has such historic links to the military.

“It was a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon’s racing and importantly, money raised from the exit collection will make a huge difference to our vital work supporting members of our Forces and their families in Surrey.”