Plumpton Racecourse is sited in East Sussex at the village of Plumpton near Brighton and Lewes. It is a small National Hunt course running counter clockwise. The circuit is slightly hilly and covers 1.6 km. The chase and hurdles courses share an uphill finish since the hurdles was moved to the outside of the chase course.
History of the course
The racecourse had its first official meeting on 11 February 1884. It was a good day for Cowslip, who won the first race of the day and won again later in the day. The rider, Harry Escott, got himself a treble. Plumpton is also remembered as the ground on which Tony McCoy got his 3000th win riding Restless d’Artaix, trained by Nicky Henderson.
Through its long existence, Plumpton has been kept going by the efforts of Thomas Henry, Isidore Kerman, Peter Savill and Adrian Pratt, who played different roles over the years which have modeled the racecourse to what it is today.
The racecourse gives many race lovers what they don’t get too often, a close up look at the races. Being small as it, it offers a good view of the horses during the parade and all through the race. There are a number of notable races such as Ladies day, Friday Party Night Evening Race-meeting and Easter Family Festival.
The racecourse hosts 16 races in year and comes alive during the prominent events. Though the racecourse is not as big as most, it pulls in a crowd of over 2,000 people when it’s time for that anticipated fixture.
Hospitality and facilities
The racecourse is mostly managed by individuals rather than large companies. Even so, there have been great efforts to improve the facilities and quality of services, transforming the place into a suitable rural getaway. It also helps that the train station is just close by, you can easily make your way there from London.