Lord Oaksey is to be remembered at Sandown's Finale meeting
The late Lord Oaksey is to be remembered at Sandown's Bet365 Jump Finale meeting on April 26.
Last Updated: 30/03/14 10:31am
Lord Oaksey was renowned as one of the best amateur jockeys of his era. His notable wins at Sandown Park included his first success under rules in 1956 aboard Pyrene, the Imperial Cup under Flaming East in 1958 and victory in the second ever running of the bet365 Gold Cup (then known as the Whitbread Gold Cup) with Taxidermist the same year.
Oaksey went on to become a leading racing writer and broadcaster and his legacy lives on through his tireless work founding and fundraising for The Injured Jockeys Fund, a charity whose creation was inspired by two devastating accidents to former weighing room colleagues.
Andrew Cooper, Head of Racing and Clerk of the Course at Sandown racecourse said: "It is an honour for Sandown Park to commemorate Lord Oaksey in the race title of the new Listed Chase at the bet365 Jump Finale. His love of this course and of this raceday in particular, were well documented."
The late Josh Gifford will also continue to be remembered on this day with the new novice chase to be named in his honour as the bet365 Josh Gifford Novices' Handicap Chase over two miles four and a half furlongs.
Josh Gifford was one of jump racing's most successful trainers and had a fantastic record at Sandown Park as both a trainer and jockey. Gifford's name was previously associated with the juvenile hurdle on the same card.