About Fontwell Park Racecourse
Fontwell Park Racecourse is a racecourse located in the village of Fontwell, West Sussex. It’s known for its clear skies and warm summers; perfect for a day out at the racing!
Fontwell Park Racecourse first became a venue for racing in the late 1800s. This makes it a bit of a late bloomer compared to many in the UK. However, that’s still long enough to give the racecourse a long and remarkable history. Fontwell Park Racecourse can boast it’s the home of Queen Elizabeth II’s first winner! If you can believe it, this was all the way back in 1949! Her winning horse, Monaven, won the Chichester Handicap Chase in the October of that year.
The track at Fontwell Park Racecourse only offers a Jump track which runs left-handed. Furthermore, this track has one of the most unique shapes in the UK opting for a figure of eight circuit. As a result, the course has a lot of sharp turns which makes it hard for horses to generate speed. The course is two miles in length, and it hosts some of the bigger Jump events in the country too!
Two race days steal the spotlight at Fontwell Park Racecourse, one in February and one in November. In February the National Spirit Hurdle races every year. This is a grade two open to horses aged four or older, run over 3850m. Moreover, this is the biggest race in the calendar year at Fontwell Park.
Furthermore, in November Fontwell Park Racecourse has a big Chase race called the Southern National. This is a class 3 race, again open to horses aged four and older run over 5.4km.
While Fontwell Park Racecourse may be one of the county’s smaller racecourses, it’s also one of the most modern. A new £6.5million grandstand was opened here in 2010. So when it comes to actually watching the races, there’s few better!