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Fontwell Park Racecourse

Fontwell Park
File:Fontwell racecourse logo.jpg
Fontwell Park Racecourse logo
Official website
Location Fontwell, West Sussex
Owned by Northern Racing plc
Date opened 1924
Screened on At The Races
Course type National Hunt
Notable Races National Spirit Hurdle

Fontwell Park Racecourse is a horse racing course located in the village of Fontwell in West Sussex, England. It features a figure-of-eight chase course and an oval hurdles course.

It was the course where Queen Elizabeth II had her first winner as an owner when Monaveen won the Chichester Handicap Chase there in October 1949.[1] In 1984 John Francome rode his 1,036th career winner at Fontwell Park, passing Stan Mellor's record for a National Hunt jockey - Francome's record has subsequently been beaten. The course has been under the ownership of Northern Racing since 2002. The company owns or manages ten racecourses in the UK including Newcastle, Chepstow and Uttoxeter. The feature race of the season at Fontwell Park is the Grade Two National Spirit Hurdle run over a distance of two miles and four furlongs in February. It is a recognised Cheltenham Festival trial. My Way de Solzen, trained by Alan King, won the race in 2006 before winning the World Hurdle. Lough Derg, trained by David Pipe and owned by Bill Frewen, took the prize in 2008 and 2009. Construction work on a new £6.5m Grandstand in the Premier Enclosure started in July 2009. It will open in August 2010. The new facility will include a panoramic hospitality lounge on the middle floor and twelve boxes on the top floor. There will be a new Boxing Day race meeting at Fontwell Park in 2010.

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