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Where is Fontwell Park Racecourse?
Fontwell Park Racecourse is in the village of Fontwell, West Sussex on the A27/A29 roundabout between Chichester and Arundel. It is 30km east along the A27 from bottom of the A3(M).
Barnham is the nearest rail station some 4km south of Fontwell Park with a raceday shuttle bus service in operation.
What is Fontwell Park Racecourse Famous For?
Alfred Day opened the racecourse in 1924 nearly 40 years after he moved to the location to train horses. The name comes from the old spring in front of his house, a valuable watering hole on the Roman road linking Chichester to Arundel.
Fontwell Park is famous for its unconventional track layout and stages jumps racing all year round.
Fontwell Park Racecourse Track Specifics
Fontwell Park has a tight figure-of-eight chase course and a slightly easier left-handed oval hurdles track, both approximately a mile (1600m) in length. An uphill finish, especially on testing ground, can make for dramatic finales.
There is a paddock exit midway up the run-in on the hurdles course which can see horses try to duck out. Track specialists are frequent with Fontwell's quirky nature sometimes revitalising horses who have looked disinterested elsewhere.
Biggest Meeting's at Fontwell Park Racecourse
The Grade 2 National Spirit Hurdle is Fontwell's highlight in late February and has been a prep race for the Cheltenham Festival. It was a Champion Hurdle trial in the past but is now run over two and a half miles (4000m) making it more suitable for stayers.
The Southern National is held in November and is Fontwell's longest race at almost three and a half miles (5600m). The course layout means the field passes the winning post three times before the actual finish.
Visit the official Fontwell Racecourse website for more information including upcoming race days, on-course features and more!