Excellent range of racing for 2012 at Fontwell Park

FONTWELL Park racecourse has announced 24 meetings for 2012 - one more than this year. It promises an excellent range of racing at this popular National Hunt track, where top class facilities have been provided through a series of improvements in recent years.

Chief executive Phil Bell said: “It is one of the most customer friendly fixture lists in the country, with a great balanced spread of midweek afternoon meetings combined with plenty of weekends and evenings.”

Some of the highlights include All About the Horse Race Day on Sunday February 26, which will feature the Betfred National Spirit Hurdle (won this year by Celestial Halo, owned by Andy Stewart). This fixture will celebrate the racehorse with opportunities to ‘Meet The Racehorse’, farrier demonstrations and the chance to ride on a horse equisizer (mechanical horse). If you have ever wanted to own a share in a racehorse, there will also be opportunities to meet syndicate organisers.

The popular Ladies evening will take place on Thursday August 16, and the two-day autumn festival, held with for the first time this year with great success, will be on Friday and Saturday October 5 and 6.

The Southern National follows on Sunday October 18 and Wednesday December 26 will see the Boxing Day meeting.

If you book advance for any meeting in January, February and March 2012, admission is just £10 for the Grandstand and Paddock Enclosure – great value offer which is £5 cheaper than the price on the day of the meeting.

Full fixture list:

Thursday January 12, Friday January 17, Sunday February 5, Sunday February 26, Wednesday March 7, Thursday March 22, Tuesday April 3, Friday April 20, Friday May 4 (evening), Wednesday May 16, Sunday June 3, Wednesday June 6, Thursday June 21, Thursday August 16 (evening, Thursday August 30 (evening), 16. Sunday September 9, Friday October 5, Saturday October 6, Wednesday October 24, Friday November 9, Sunday November 18, Wednesday November 28, Tuesday December 11, Wednesday December 26.

The next fixture this season will be Christmas Party Raceday on Tuesday December 6, when the first race of the seven races is at 12.40pm and the last at 3.40pm.

There will be a big screen at this fixture to enhance viewing of the live racing action.

Parking is free in the main public car park. Parking in the centre of the course is £5 per car (in addition to the admission fee of the occupants). There is a race day bus service from Barnham Station to the course starting two hours before the first race with return journeys after racing. The return fare is £2.

Admission is: Grandstand and Paddock: £13 in advance/£17 on the day. Premier Enclosure: £18 in advance/£22 on the day.

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.

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