Fontwell Races

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There is nothing quite like the thrill and thunder of the world’s greatest horse races, such as those of Cheltenham or Aintree, but for most racegoers it is the smaller courses around the country which hold a special charm and appeal.

Free Horse Racing Tips, Click Here! Cheaper to attend certainly, racegoers can also get a close up view of all the action as it happens and enjoy the friendly atmosphere of the day with some first class hospitality too. Fontwell Park in West Sussex is the epitome of a charming and friendly local course and is consistently voted the best small course in the South East. Fontwell Races are well supported and attended by avid race fans as well as families and groups looking for a memorable day or evening out.

Fontwell races have been staged since 1924 and since that time the course has seen many improvements and redevelopments, the latest being a 6.5 million program in new hospitality provision.

A popular venue for the National Hunt season there is racing all year round at Fontwell races with the exception of July, offering plenty of raceday opportunities whatever the season.

There are two tracks at the course; an unusual figure of eight track for steeplechase events and a right hand oval for hurdles.

The undoubted highlight of Fontwell races is the National Spirit Hurdle which is scheduled for February each year. A contest for four year olds and over the race is run over a distance of one mile and four furlongs. A Grade II event it provides a good trial for the subsequent Cheltenham meeting in March.

Baracouda has enjoyed success at both as has My Way de Solzen who is the only horse to have triumphed in at both Fontwell and Cheltenham in the same season.

The other event most appreciated and attended by the knowledgeable race crowd is the Southern National Meeting in November, which features the Tikram Handicap Hurdle. Other Fontwell races to attend throughout the year are comprised of a series of popular themed events such as evening fixtures followed by live music and entertainment and Family Race Days with an abundance of children’s entertainment and activities.

Fontwell Park is the perfect venue for families whether on day trips in the area or as part of a family holiday in West Sussex. Children get in for free too if under the age of 16 and accompanied by an adult.
Fontwell Races, inside rail

The price for adult admission depends on the fixture and in addition to general admission there are hospitality packages available, ideal for group booking, people new to racing, or those who want a full race day experience.

Fontwell Races, winner Package deals for the National Spirit Championship comprise admission to the course and access to a hospitality suite where a welcome drink and full afternoon tea can be enjoyed. A racecourse tour is also included as is a racecard detailing the day’s events and the services of a tipster. A Winter Hospitality package is a further option which includes selections from a hot buffet and all beer and wine refreshments.

Superb hospitality packages will be available for the new Premier suite, due to open in August 2010 in time for Ladies Day. Superb private suites and boxes with balconies overlooking the course are designed to accommodate groups of between 10 and 150 guests, ideal for a family celebration or a corporate event.

Larger events of up to 400 guests can be hosted within the Marquee, specially erected in the Parade Ring on the main race days and smaller groups within Silks restaurant where a table can be booked for the whole day or evening.