New two-day racing festival

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FONTWELL Park is playing host to a new two-day racing festival that has £100,000 of prize money on offer this autumn. The fixture takes place on Friday September 30 and Saturday October 1 and is designed to create an early season highlight in the jump racing calendar.

It will feature an £18,000 handicap chase on day one, and on the second day has a £16,000 handicap hurdle. Both are bound to attract some top contenders.

The new festival is part of Fontwell Park’s long-term plan to enhance Fontwell Park’s reputation as one of the premier racecourses in the country, and comes less than a year after the opening of the 88sport Premier Grandstand, that was built at a cost of £6.5m.

Friday, the first day of the new festival, will be Fuller’s London Pride Day, celebrating Britain, and the second day, Saturday, will be Southern Water’s charity day, celebrating Ireland.

Each day will have a themed programme of activities, including a live performance from a Madness tribute band on Friday September 30, and the Saw Doctors on Saturday October 1.

Fontwell Park was voted Racecourse of the Year in March and more than £8m has been spent improving facilities since Northern Racing took over in 2002.

Executive director Phil Bell said: “There are several reasons for launching the festival. We want to build a new racing highlight for the track with strong prize money and competitive racing. We are also in a popular tourist area and hope to encourage racegoers to come and stay in West Sussex for two days of racing combined with a visit to local attractions,

“If we can be anywhere as successful as the Perth Racing Festival, we will be delighted.”

Admission tickets are: Grandstand and Paddock: £17 in advance/£21 on the day Premier Enclosure: £22 in advance/£26 on the day. Closing time on advance bookings is midday the day before the race meeting.

There is a £4 discount on the gate price only for Senior Citizens and students (ID may be required). Children aged 15 and under go free. Parking in the centre of the course is £5 per car (in addition to the admission fee of the occupants).

To book contact: http://www.fontwellpark.co.uk/horse-racing