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Plumpton Racecourse

Plumpton Racecourse

Introduction

Plumpton Racecourse is located in Plumpton, in East Sussex. It is a National Hunt course type whose races are screened on At The Races. The racecourse has a racing school that trains upcoming jockeys.

The Course

Plumpton Racecourse is a left-handed one with a sharp oblong tight beds and well-pronounced undulations throughout. As you approach the home straight, the track becomes a bit hilly up to the winning post. Six fairly stiff fences exist per circuit there is also a furlong long running-in. The course is most suitable for the handy horse that finds it easy to jump.

History

The first racing event here was held in 1874. The racecourse was founded principally because of the foresight and commitment its founders had. Thomas Henry Chase founded the venue in 1876. This became the first hare coursing enclosed meeting. In 1884, he went ahead and introduced horse racing. In 1901, The South Downs Hunt changed the venue of its meeting and brought it to Plumpton and kept supporting it till the World War II broke.

Isidore Kerman purchased this racecourse in 1961 and made a lot of improvements on it to ensure that it survived. Peter Savill and Adrian Pratt in 1998 bought the course again and made sure that it was stable economically and save it from developers.

Facilities

Plumpton Racecourse is one of the most exciting racecourses to visit while in East Sussex. It offers three enclosures to choose from. These enclosures are the Paddock, the Grandstand, and the Picnic enclosure.

The picnic enclosure is only open in specific days. Tickets to use the Grand and Paddock Enclosure are always sold out at £16 for meetings happening in the middle of the week while for meeting fixtures £18 is charged. When the Picnic enclosure is in use, admission to it cost £10. Accompanying children are not charged for all the enclosures.

The racecourse is also open for hire to host events such as dinners, meetings, exhibitions, and training days. A lot of indoor space that can accommodate up to 600 people is available together with enough outdoor space for staging exhibitions and other events. Parking is also ample and free. Plumpton railway station provides reliable transport to London Victoria.

Notable races and events

The Races Sussex National is the most prestigious race held here. It is a Chase handicap race that covers 3 miles 5furlongs held in January. The winner of the race pockets £9,136. In 2012, the race was won by an eleven-year-old boy named Bob Buckler’s.

The Prince of Wales participated in a charity race in 1980 riding the Long Wharf but was beaten by Classified that was ridden by Derek Thompson, who was at the time a Television presented. The leading jockey is Richard Johnson, who has won in the last five seasons.

Conclusion

This is a unique racing destination for jockeys, owners, trainers and those interested in watching. The quality of races here is high-class, and the performances are quite thrilling. The meals offered at the restaurants are mouth-watering and will leave you with a feeling of total satisfaction before or after watching your favorite race.