Plumpton Racecourse

Horse racing was introduced to Plumpton Racecourse in 1884, originally having been used for enclosed hare coursing. The first race took place on the 11th of February of that year, and at first, there were only four race meetings per year, rising to 13 in by 1888.
Between 1939 and 1975, meetings getting abandoned became so common that Plumpton was rarely able to fulfill its full fixture schedule. There was a total of 6 left in the 1974/75 season alone.
By 1964 there were 16 meetings per year. Due to increased attendance a new stand was built (now called the Sussex Stand) in 1967. In time, further, stands were made. In 1987 the Pavilion Stand (now the Southdown Stand) and 1990 the Kybo Stand (now Lewes Stand) were opened.
History was created on the 9th of February 2009 when Tony McCoy rode his 3000th winner, Restless d’ Artix.
Plumpton Racecourse is a National Hunt course, with the season running from September – May. Notable races at the course include the class 2 race, The Sussex Champion Hurdle, which is Plumpton’s highest quality race. The class 3 Sussex National is the other notable race to take place at the South downs course.
The Grandstand and Paddock offer the best value for money when visiting the course. Access to a variety of bars, food, and betting facilities, as well as great views of the racing. Having purchased a ticket here will allow you access to all other areas of the course.
The picnic enclosure also offers excellent views, bar and snack facilities, as well as picnic tables and toilets. Buying a ticket in this part will not allow you access to other areas of the course.
Located on the lawns of Plumpton is the Marque Restaurant, which holds up to 300 people. This is open on select race days and offers guests a set 3-course menu. This semi-permanent fixture runs alongside the final fence, with stunning views of the South Downs and beyond.
There is no formal dress code at Plumpton, although if dining in the Marquee or Paddock restaurant, smart casual should be adhered to.
There are accessible toilets for the disabled. Designated raised viewing areas, step-free access to bars, and signposted disabled parking. Plenty of free car parking available.
You can pay on the day at the turnstile, but it is advisable to purchase tickets in advance, either by phone or online, as this will save you money with the special offers available.

Where is Plumpton Racecourse?

Plumpton Racecourse is in the Village of Plumpton, East Sussex, with the beautiful backdrop of the South Downs to take your breath away.
Easy access from the M23/A23 and A27. Routes are signposted with AA yellow signage. Plumpton Train Station is ideal has it adjoins the course grounds and is just 3 minutes’ walk from the station platform.
Plumpton is just 8 miles away from the seaside town of Brighton, which makes it popular with holidaymakers. Making the journey from London would take approximately an hour and a half for the 60-mile trip, Birmingham and Manchester 3 and half hours and 180 miles, and 5 hours and 260 miles, respectively.

What is the Highest Attendance at Plumpton Racecourse?

Easter weekend 2017 saw bumper crowds across several racecourses, including Plumpton. Over the two days of Sunday and Monday, over 7500 people attended the course.
The overall attendance for all 20 courses combined over the 4-day Easter period was an impressive 93,235. This was an increase of 99% compared to the 2016 figure of 46,934.

How Do I Bet on Horses at Plumpton Racecourse?

Betting on the horses only adds to the excitement of the day, and the choice of bets is varied, as are the options of placing them.
Betting facilities are available throughout the racecourse. Choose from onsite bookmakers, on-course bookmakers, or the open tote windows. Betting on the tote has a minimum of only £2.00 stake, on-course bookmakers may have minimum stakes ranging from £2.00 – £10.00.
Online betting is massively popular, and the sheer number of different bets available makes it a popular choice for punters. From simple straight win or each-way bets to more specialized bets. Forecasts, reverse forecasts, betting on favorites, 2nd favorites, favorite jockeys or trainers, the list is vast and varied.

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