Fontwell Park Racecourse: High Horse Racing Action in a Light Atmosphere!
Fontwell Park Racecourse is a horse racecourse located in the village of Fontwell in West Sussex, England. It's exact address is:
Fontwell Park Racecourse
Fontwell Park Racecourse boasts of an easygoing atmosphere and typically hosts about 26 jump events in a year.
Fontwell Park Racecourse was the scene of then Princess Elizabeth's (now Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II) first win as an owner when the horse Monaveen won the Chichester Handicap Chase in October 1949.
Fontwell Park Racecourse Description
Fontwell Park Racecourse features one of the two figure-of-eight steeple chase courses in the UK. The circuit is 1 mile. The key fence on the steeplechase course is the plain obstacle opposite the stands at the beginning of the back straight; the fence has a slight drop to it and horses often quicken on the approach.
Fontwell Park Racecourse also has an oval, left-handed hurdles course. It hosts the valuable National Spirit Hurdle - won by Baracouda in 2003 - in February.
Fontwell Park Racecourse Facilities
- Fontwell Park Racecourse has two Enclosures on a Raceday, the Premier Enclosure and the Grandstand & Paddock Enclosure.
- The Premier Enclosure has the most comprehensive facilities for the visitor. It gives the public access to the Parade Ring, Winners' Enclosure, the Premier Bar and the Garden Bar.
- Meanwhile, the Grandstand & Paddock is the larger enclosure. It also has excellent facilities and viewing areas. It provides the public access to the main Kerman Grandstand, the Comedy of Errors, Salmon Spray and National Spirit Bar.
Fontwell Park Racecourse History
In 1924, Fontwell Park Racecourse opened with the first race of the two day fixture, the Walberton Chase being won by the favourite 'Gem' and ridden by the champion jockey, Dick Lees.
In 1949, Monaveen won the Chichester Handicap Chase at Fontwell Park Racecourse. The horse was owned by Her Majesty the Queen, who was then a Princess.
In 1984, John Francome rode his 1,036th career winner at Fontwell Park Racecourse, passing Stan Mellor 's record for a National Hunt jockey - Francome's record has subsequently been beaten.
In 2002, the Northern Racing group took control of Fontwell Park Racecourse and has made huge investments in the facilities and prize money on offer.
In the 2005 season, Fontwell Racecourse's attendance rose by 23% putting the racecourse second only to York Racecourse in terms of increased attendances.
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