For many years both local and regional jockeys have competed here, including some top international jockeys and trainers, with thoroughbred horses from the UK and North America featured - some owned by the world’s leading investors in thoroughbred racing.
Barbados' climate is ideal in March, with temperatures hovering in the mid-twenties and very little rain so it's ideal for a horse racing holiday.
The big race is run over a turf course at a distance of 1,800 metres (8.95 furlongs) and is open to horses aged three and over. The Historic Garrison Savannah is a fitting setting for such as event, having been the home of horse racing in Barbados since 1845, and is conveniently located close to the island's capital, Bridgetown.
Families looking for somewhere to stay on their Barbados holiday will find serenity at the Bougainvillea Barbados. Families will love the resort’s Adventureland Playroom - a hive of activities and the home of the children’s club, while adults can enjoy a range of watersports offered free of charge from the beach or a relaxing spa treatment at Karma Spa. Two free-form swimming pools meander through tropical gardens leading on to the beach. There is also a lap pool, and two wading mini-pools for the pleasure of younger guests.
Luxury is certainly guaranteed at Colony Club as the hotel has set itself apart as one of the best retreats in Barbados. Nestled on the sublime West Coast of Barbados, the classically-styled colonial hotel is both glamorous and laid back. You’ll be greeted by lush palm trees, white sandy beaches and sparkling blue waters. Lagoon pools and tropical gardens all add to Colony Club’s distinctive allure. Immersing yourself in the sights, sounds, smells and sensations of this special hideaway will be as irresistible as anything the island has to offer. This serenity is coupled with gorgeous healthy, home-cooked cuisine and outstanding facilities, all designed with maximum comfort in mind.
Sandy Lane is a hotel so iconic it hardly needs an introduction. Synonymous with exceptional luxury and truly outstanding service this stunning resort is well established as the place to see-and-be-seen on Barbados’ coveted west coast. Facilities are impressive. Enjoy a wide variety of excellent dining options, from French fine dining to a relaxed Sunday Brunch or beach-side grill. The Spa at Sandy Lane offers new levels of luxury within the majestic surrounds of its impressive Romanesque building. The hotel's three championship-style golf courses include the famous Green Monkey designed by Tom Fazio, which is exclusive to guests.
Enjoy a full day of hospitality at The Pavillion. You'll take in track views from your shared suite, and feast on a delicious 3-course luncheon and afternoon tea. A premium bar is included with the option to purchase Champagne locally.
Exclusively reserved for guests of Sandy Lane, enjoy gourmet catering in beautiful surroundings at The Historic Garrison Savannah for the Sandy Lane Barbados Gold Cup.
If you'd like an active holiday there's plenty to do; catamaran cruises, snorkelling, championship golf courses and watersports abound. From fine dining to open-air fish fries, there is an exquisite choice of excellent Bajan restaurants to suit every taste on this sunny island. The beautiful east coast, with its wild landscapes and crashing waves, is well worth a visit on one of your leisure days. The famous west coast, home to Sandy Lane, is legendary for its calm clear waters, platinum sands and exclusive feel; ideal for sunbathing and relaxing during your stay.
Although traditionally The Sandy Lane Gold Cup is held on the first Saturday of March, the dates for 2024 are yet to be formally announced.
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