The richest and most prestigious race in the Fontwell Calendar- the National Spirit Hurdle Race- will be run for the 54th time on Sunday February 24 at Fontwell Park racecourse
This race is certain to attract some of the country’s finest talent. This £80,000, Grade 2 race originated 53 years ago and is named after the dual winning champion hurdler, National Spirit.
After the prize fund increased by a further £30,000 in 2016, the National Spirit Hurdle has continued to attract some of the best horses with excitement beginning to build for months in advance.
Recent winners include Old Guard, Lil’ Rockerfeller, and Black Corton.
At Fontwell Park, there are two enclosures to choose from:
The Grandstand & Paddock Enclosure which grants access to three grandstands, the parade ring, winning circle and a number of bars and food outlets.
Or, you can choose the Premier Enclosure which includes entry to all of the above – plus access to the ground floor of the Premier Grandstand. In here, you’ll find a large indoor bar, the Premier Café as well as seated viewing overlooking the Winning Post. There is also access to a beautiful rear terrace – the perfect quiet spot to study the form.
Popular ticket options include the Premier Lounge Enclosure with a raffle and live auction presented by resident tipster Colin Brown. The £95 package includes a hospitality ticket, champagne reception, three course served meal, tea, coffee and chocolates, afternoon tea and cake, a Raceday programme, table for the day in the Premier Restaurant and reserved car parking.
There is also a £29 complete raceday package includes Premier Enclosure Ticket, Raceday Programme, £2 bet, Drink & Hot Meal from the Premier Café. PLEASE NOTE: This package is only available in advance and must be purchased by midnight the day before racing. *Drink Includes selected Draught Beer, Wines & Soft Drinks.
The Premier enclose allows access to all public areas of the racecourse, including the ground floor of the Premier Grandstand and Fontwell Gardens.
The Premier Grandstand offers additional indoor and outdoor seating opposite the finishing post, as well as a terrace area over looking Fontwell House and Gardens. There are full food and drink facilties as well as betting and flat screen television to watch the racing action close up.
Meanwhile there is racing at this popular track tomorrow, Monday January 14, with the first race at 1.20pm, followed by fixtures on Sunday January 27 and Thursday February 14.