Don’t miss Plumpton’s Sussex National day

PLUMPTON Racecourse has plenty to offer in 2019, starting with the Sussex National Race, sponsored by Sky Sports Racing on Sunday January 6.

Gates open at this popular fixture at 10.30am, and the first race is at 12.40pm, with the last at 3.40pm. The big race itself is scheduled for 2.40pm and promises exciting action. With more than  £80,000 of prize money on offer and the big race itself worth more than £30,000, this day always attracts a good turnout of runners.

The maximum field size of 18 is often reached at this raceday, where the feature race itself is over 3 miles 4 ½ furlongs. Last year the race was won by favourite Vinnie Lewis, trained  by Harry Whittington.

But the race has sprung some surprises in the past, with Itoldyou winning for Linda Jewell at 11-1 in 2015 and the Gary Moore trained Reblis winning in 2014 at 5/1.

Sussex National winner Itoldyou with trainer Linda Jewell and jockey Tom Cannon in 2015
Photo: Jeannie Knight

There will be a competitive seven race card and the chance for some tips from Colin Brown and Dave Crosse before racing in the paddock. It will also be Plumpton’s first day on the Sky Sports Racing channel  there will be live music from the Wild Murphy’s in the Paddock Bar and some children’s entertainment.

A couple of hospitality boxes are still available, with balconies overlooking the course offering the chance to celebrate with family and friends. There are also two restaurants available on site, the Paddock Restaurant (limited availability) and Marquee Restaurant, both offering lunches, tables for the day and great vantage points of the action.

If it is just tickets you want, Plumpton offers a newly re-furbished Southdown Bar with increased seating, a new café and food outlet (including bean to cup coffee from a new local supplier, Back Yard coffee based in Ditchling, a new bar (also serving the aptly named “Crazy Horse” from our local brewery Hepworths), making this a great local day out.

Plumpton offers top class jump racing
Photo: Jeannie Knight

Tickets are available from just £16 when buying ten or more. All children under 18 come in FREE of charge with adults. There are  plenty of other food outlets, burger vans, coffee units and options on site so all racegoers will be well catered for.

Contact Plumpton Racecourse on 01273 890383 or on line at

Tickets in advance: Grandstand & Paddock Group (10+) – £16; & Paddock – £18 Brighton Bus – £5 (Leaves Brighton train station 1h30 before the first race, and leaves Plumpton 30 mins after the last race) Available until midnight on Friday 4th January.

On the Day: Grandstand & Paddock – £21 No group discount on the day, or concession prices.


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