About Plumpton Racecourse
Plumpton Racecourse is a racecourse located in the village of Plumpton, around 10 miles north of Brighton. Plumpton is one of the smallest racecourses on the UK circuit and doesn’t hold too many race days. Luckily though, it’s very well placed. While Brighton Racecourse 10 miles south of it only deals in Flat racing, Plumpton Racecourse only offers Jump! So between them, the two racecourses have all of Brighton’s needs covered!
Plumpton Racecourse isn’t a new venue built to meet the needs of the area either. Racing has been taking place at Plumpton Racecourse since 1884! So while not quite the oldest racecourse in the area, it’s not far behind!
The course at Plumpton Racecourse runs left-handed and is rectangular in shape. The course has a length of just over a mile and comes complete with six hurdles. This is a difficult course to ride though due to the sharp turns and undulating track! Its Chase circuits rank high for casualties, so you typically won’t see many high-quality horses in those races.
Racing takes place at Plumpton Racecourse during the winter months. Its most prominent race, the Sussex National Handicap Chase, takes place every year in January. The Sussex National runs over three miles and five furlongs, with a top prize just north of £10,000. Many of the horses who have won this race go on to even great things. Perhaps the most notable of those is Dunbrody Millar, who went on to win the Topham Chase at Aintree that year.
The other big race of the season takes place in December. This is a Novice Chase which last just over two miles. It’s a class three race again with just north of £10k to the winner!
Overall Plumpton Racecourse has a lot to offer punters. There’s beautiful weather on the south coast. Plus they host a couple of big races every season that features some up and coming talent!