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Where is Plumpton Racecourse?
Plumpton Racecourse is in East Sussex, 8km north-west of Lewes and 15km of Brighton. It is close to the B2116 which connects to the A273 and on to the A23 and M23.
Plumpton rail station adjoins the track and is on the London Victoria-Eastbourne line. There is a bus service from Brighton for the weekend and Bank Holiday meetings.
What Is Plumpton Racecourse Famous For?
Originally a hare coursing venue, the first Plumpton Races were staged in 1884. Redevelopment and investment from the 1960s onwards have helped keep the racecourse viable. It is a popular venue for National Hunt fans from London and Brighton.
The track offers a £60,000 bonus if a horse wins one of five nominated novice chases before obliging at the Cheltenham Festival.
AP McCoy rode his 3000th career winner, Restless D'Artaix for Nicky Henderson, at Plumpton in February 2009. In 1969 and 1970, Plumpton Racecourse hosted the National Jazz and Blues Festival with the likes of Pink Floyd, The Who and Black Sabbath among the headliners.
Plumpton is a tight left-handed undulating oval track just over a mile (1600m) long. With its sharp turns, it favours quick efficient jumpers and those who race prominently. Going wide in search of better ground can be a good move when conditions are testing.
The Sussex National meeting held on a Sunday in early January is Plumpton's highlight. The eponymous feature is a Class 3 handicap chase run over three miles and five furlongs (5800m) with the field passing the winning post three times before the finish.