Plumpton racing resumes on December 13.

Plumpton is currently in the middle of a short fixture break. with its next raceday not until December 13, and our team are hard at work preparing the facilities for the Festive period.

A spokesman for plumpton said: “We have three fixtures in 20 days, so there’s plenty of opportunity to enjoy a day at the races over the Xmas holidays. The last of those fixtures will play host to the 2022 edition of the Sky Sports Racing Sussex National, which always generates a competitive field and a great atmosphere.

“Like all of our other feature races last year, we didn’t have the added buzz of the Plumpton faithful cheering the winner home and we can’t wait for the ‘normal’ roars to return on January 2.

“Talking of normal, we are delighted that the Sussex National will return to its full prize-money level this season. Due to the pandemic, we had to significantly cut the funds for last maximum prize-money level for a Class 3 Handicap Steeplechase.

“Later in the season our Easter feature contests – the Sussex Champion Chase and Sussex Champion Hurdle – are also returning to their pre-pandemic prize-money pots, with £50k up for grabs in each contest.

“Back to the Sussex National though and preparations are already underway on the track to provide the optimum conditions for the maximum field size of 18. The 3m4½f is a proper test for the horses – who have to jump 20 fences in the process – and the Oliver Sherwood-trained Seaston Spirit put in a game performance to take out the 2021 edition under Aidan Coleman. For more on the history of the Sussex National, visit our event page by clicking here

“We hope you can join us for this season’s renewal, with tickets available in advance for £20 and £17 for groups of 10 or more. 


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Plumpton Form Update
Now four meetings into our 2021/22 season, we take a look at some of our winners from previous racedays and see how they have fared since.
Glory And Fortune
Those who came to our first meeting of the season on September 19th may remember the Tom Lacey-trained Glory And Fortune (pictured above) running out an impressive four-and-three-quarter-length winner of the feature Class 3 Handicap Hurdle. He followed that up by landing the Welsh Champion Hurdle at Ffos Las, winning £26,000 in the process, before taking his chance in the Grade 3 Greatwood Hurdle at Cheltenham. Sent off at 14/1, Glory And Fortune ran a solid race in finishing 6th, beaten 10 lengths by the winner West Cork. He is set to appear next in the 1.50 at Newbury on Saturday.
Impulsive One
Another to impress on our opening fixture of the season was three-year-old Impulsive One, who brushed aside his rivals in the Juvenile Hurdle to win by 12 lengths for Nicky Henderson. He put in a similar performance at Huntingdon next time, winning by 10 lengths, before finished second to Knight Salute at Kempton. Despite losing his unbeaten tag over hurdles that day, he looks one to keep an eye on in the juvenile division this season. 
Up The Straight
Sussex trainer Richard Rowe has a smart horse in Up The Straight, who landed the Class 3 Novices’ Chase on the Bob Champion Cancer Trust Raceday last month. He picked up some black type last season when finishing runner-up in a Listed contest at Sandown and impressed on his seasonal appearance, winning by 14 lengths under Niall Houlihan. Rowe then chanced his arm in the Grade 3 Paddy Power Gold Cup at Cheltenham, but Up The Straight could only finish 14th behind winner Midnight Shadow. 
Annual Invictus
Despite only being a six-year-old, Annual Invictus is becoming a familiar runner here at Plumpton having won on three of his four visits. The latest of which was in out first Cheltenham Bonus Series qualifier of the season, where he ran out a convincing eight-length winner over Dino Velvet.

Now rated 144, Annual Invictus has plenty of good races in front of him for the rest of the season and we await his next outing, with trainer Chris Gordon possibly eying a Graded contest at Ascot before Christmas.

We wish him well and hope he lines up at Cheltenham in March!

Plumpton has three more racedays before Christmas

PLUMPTON has thanked everyone who came along to its fourth race meeting of the season on Monday. Another great atmosphere was generated by the Plumpton faithful and we hope you all had a great day out!

You wouldn’t believe it from the ground conditions in the UK at the moment but Christmas is fast approaching and we have three racedays for you to enjoy within as many weeks. 
The festive action started twelve days from Christmas with our Goodwin Racing Christmas Raceday on Monday December 13.

 Away from the action on the track, Plumpton has a wide range of festivities on offer for all those wanting to get into the Christmas spirit.

Expect competitive racing at Plumpton’s seasonal meetings Photo: Jeannie Knight

The first 250 racegoers through the door will receive a free mince pie, glass of mulled wine and a Santa hat. We also have a live band playing all your favourite Christmas songs in the Paddock Bar and Christmas jumpers are actively encouraged! 

Following the 13th, we have our Festive Fun Raceday on December 21 before we celebrate the New Year with our Sky Sports Sussex National Raceday on January 2. 

Hopefully you can join Plumpton for some or all of its festive meetings – Grandstand & Paddock tickets for the 13th and 21st December are available to buy in advance for £16 individually and £14 for groups of 10 or more.

For the Sussex National Raceday, tickets are £20 individually and £17 for groups of 10+

Buy your tickets early to avoid disappointment.


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Festive Hospitality
Our hospitality options over the Xmas period have been selling fast and as such we have no remaining availability in our restaurants or private boxes for the Christmas Raceday on December 13. However, there is still space to join us in our trackside Marquee Restaurant on December 21 and January 2.

 For £70 per-person you can enjoy a three-course set menu, welcome drink, complimentary racecard, admission and private table for the day. The restaurant, pictured above, is situated beside the final fence and is a great option for those wanting to get up close and personal to the action.

For anyone interested in a more private fine-dining experience, Plumpton has one remaining hospitality box available for December 21st and January 2. These hospitality boxes are positioned overlooking the winning post and have their own private balcony for you to enjoy the action on the track. Too see the package options for our hospitality suites, click here.

For further information, please call the racecourse office on 01273 890383. We encourage you to book now to avoid disappointment.

Don’t miss outstanding racedays at Plumpton

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Sky Sports Racing November Raceday – Monday November 15

The November Meeting at Cheltenham is always a telltale sign that National Hunt racing is hitting full stride for the season and following three days of high-class action at Prestbury Park beginning tomorrow, attention turns to Plumpton’s Sky Sports Racing November Raceday on Monday. 

Plumpton has received 100 entries for the seven-race card which features the first qualifying race of this season’s Cheltenham Bonus Series – a Novices’ Handicap Chase run over 2m 3½f (1.15pm).

The winner will qualify for a £50k bonus should they go on to win any steeplechase at the Cheltenham Festival in March 2022. 

The track has seen some impressive Bonus Race winners at its November Raceday in recent years – including Mister Malarky (2018), Benatar (2017 – pictured above), Baron Alco (2016) and Uxizandre (2013) – and hopefully all roads will lead to Cheltenham for this year’s victor!

Eight horses have been entered in the race, including Gary Moore’s exciting prospect Nassalam and recent Cheltenham winner Annual InvicGates open at 10.45am with the first race at 12.45pm and there’s still time to join us – advanced tickets are available for £16 until midnight on Sunday and on the day tickets can be bought for £18. Plumpton hope to see you then!

CHRISTMAS AT PLUMPTON

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This year Plumpton has your Christmas period covered with three racedays in as many weeks giving you plenty of opportunity to celebrate with us. Our Goodwin Racing Christmas Raceday on Monday 13th December kicks off the action, closely followed by the Festive Fun Raceday on Tuesday 21st December. There will be a range of festivities on site for each fixture, including free mince pies, mulled wine and Santa hats for the first 250 racegoers through the gates, plus a live band playing all your favourite Xmas songs.

For something to look forward to post-Christmas, our ever-popular Sky Sports Sussex National meeting wraps up the festive action on Sunday 2nd January.
For our Grandstand & Paddock enclosure, we offer discounted tickets for groups of 10 or more that purchase in advance. Prices start at £14 for our December racedays and £17 for the Sussex National.

Hospitality packages for the Christmas period have proved popular and both our restaurants are now sold out for the 13th, although we do have one suite remaining. There is also just one suite remaining for both the 21st December and 2nd January alongside some very limited Marquee Restaurant availability, so please do book now to avoid disappointment!

For any other hospitality enquiries, contact Molly Taylor on molly@plumptonracecourse.co.uk or call our racecourse office on 01273 890383.


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Did You Know: Monday will mark 56 years to the day since Bob Turnell’s Drinny’s Double, winner of back-to-back editions of the Champion Chase at Cheltenham in 1967 and 1968, won the Beacon Novices Chase here at Plumpton.
Winning jockey Frank Nash (pictured aboard Drinny’s Double above) had been concussed at Newton Abbott the day before his second Champion Chase win but went on to ride at Cheltenham in the absence of stringent health and safety rules at the time.

Plumpton has more competitive racing action in store

PLUMPTON Racecourse hopes for more competitive racing action on Monday next week when there is a seven-race card , including the return of the first qualifying race of the Cheltenham Festival Bonus Series we run each season, which is the feature race of the day.

Expect highly competitive racing at Plumpton Photo: Jeannie Knight

The contest is over 2m 3½f  and is run as a Novices’ Handicap Chase. The winner will qualify for a £50k bonus should they go on to win any steeplechase at the Cheltenham Festival in March 2022.

So far Voy Por Ustedes, winner of the Arkle in 2006, is the only horse to land the bonus, however plenty of high-class novices have won a Plumpton qualifier in recent years. These include Top Notch, Baron Alco, Lisp, Kalashnikov and Ok Corral.

Plumpton is looking forward to seeing more future stars in this year’s series. Gates open at 10.45am with the first race at 12.45pm.

Advanced tickets are available for £16, discounted to £14 for groups of 10 or more, and on the day tickets can be bought at the gate for £18. Plumpton hopes to see you then!