Fontwell Racing

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West Sussex on the south coast of England contains large swathes of beautiful countryside amidst which there are some stunning castles and stately homes. With mild weather too, the scenic backdrop plays host to a range of outdoor activities. Within the village of Fontwell is a particular attraction which makes the most of the lovely surrounds and the weather to provide some excellent horseracing, enjoyed by residents and holidaymakers alike.

Free Horse Racing Tips, Click Here! Fontwell racing has taken place since 1924 at Fontwell Park Racecourse, a charming venue with ongoing developments and new facilities in which racegoers can enjoy some excellent race day hospitality.

Fontwell racing takes place on a figure of eight track; a feature shared with only one other racecourse in the country.

A National Hunt racing venue there is also a left-handed oval track for hurdles and the key event of the season is the National Spirit Hurdle, named in honour of the five time winner at Fontwell Park in the 1940s.

Hosted in February each year, the race is open to four years olds and older who compete over a distance of 2 miles 4 furlongs.

The Grade II event is considered a trial for the World Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival in March and one horse, My Way de Solzen triumphed at both in 2006. Baracouda has also won both but in different seasons.

The popularity of Fontwell racing has as much to do with the friendly atmosphere at the course as the races and with racing held throughout the year, July excepted, there is a great day out to be had whatever the season.

While the National Spirit Hurdle in February will certainly attract the purists there is also the Southern National Meeting in November which includes the Tikram Handicap Hurdle and a host of other themed events and evening fixtures with post race entertainment.

Family Race Days are popular and incorporate children's entertainment and fun fair rides and with children under 16 admitted to the course for free it makes for a great family fun day out.

Adult prices vary depending on the fixture with concessions available on the day for senior citizens and students. Special offers and packages are available including for the National Spirit Hurdle when racegoers get admission into the course, access to hospitality suite, a welcome drink, racecard, full afternoon tea, and a tour of the racecourse, all in the company of a celebrity tipster.

The Winter Hospitality Package includes all beer and wine and a two-course hot buffet lunch.
Fontwell Racing, inside rail

The new Premier Enclosure at Fontwell racing opens in August 2010 for Ladies Day and Premier Packages will be available for groups of between 10 and 150 persons and typically featuring a choice of dining options and cash or account bar. The hospitality suites will be fully serviced and offer incredible race views from private balconies.

Fontwell Racing, winner Tipsters and guest speakers can be provided to add to the sense of occasion and to get everyone involved in the day's events. A Parade Ring Marquee is also erected and can host private parties for up to 400 guests.

Anyone can complement Fontwell racing with some fine race day dining within Silks Restaurant, where an excellent three course meal can be enjoyed and table booked for the duration of the event. A complimentary racecard is included in the price and there are Tote betting facilities on-site. Parking in the main public car park is free and there is a small charge for centre course parking.

Fontwell Park was voted the best small racecourse in the South East for 19 years in a row and after a visit it is easy to see why.