Fontwell Racecourse, also known as Fontwell Park Racecourse, is a left-handed British horse racing venue in West Sussex.
This is a National Hunt track for races over jumps only, and Fontwell races is unique in that the chase course is completely different to the hurdles track.
Events over the smaller obstacles take place on a traditional oval course of a mile in length. This includes the feature Grade 2 National Spirit Hurdle, in February, run over two miles and three furlongs. The chase track, however, is shaped into a figure of eight.
The big race over fences is the Southern National, a handicap chase at a distance of three miles and three furlongs in November. It’s worth noting that artificial surfaces are used on the bends as these were previously prone to flooding.
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The chase track at Fontwell Racecourse is a figure of eight so horses that prefer to jump slightly left or slightly right will get their preferred way at some point. There’s a stiff incline up the hill to the finish and horses can come from anywhere. If the ground is better you’re more likely to see front running horses do well. They’ve added sand to the bottom bend because it got so testing and horses can come out of the shoot at the last and then get a bit lonely if they’re out in front.
The hurdle track is very simple, all round the outside. You find that with a circuit to go you have to be on tail because everyone will kick on down the hill.
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Fontwell races are currently being run behind closed doors because of the ongoing COVID-19 situation. This is set to be reviewed and updated in line with government advice, with Fontwell Racecourse keen to welcome back punters as soon as it is safe to do so.
It’s still worth checking Fontwell races fixtures because the decision to allow spectators in could change. If you book tickets to a Fontwell Racecourse event that is then moved to behind closed doors, refunds will be processed through the official course website.