A Guide to Fontwell Park Race Course

A Guide To Fontwell Park Race Course

Fontwell Park is a classic oval shaped course situated in West Sussex. It opened in 1924 and originally had a figure of eight track shape which was made to utilise the space available. The figure of eight track is still used today for Chases. A circular track was later added on for Hurdles.

The feature race at Fontwell Park is the Grade 2 NationaL Sprint Hurdle which is run in February each year over a distance of 2 miles and 4 furlongs. The race is a trial for the Cheltenham festival.

The Steeple Chase course is a right handed figure of eight that is about 1 mile in length. It has six fences on the circuit to navigate, one of which is an open ditch. Because of the layout the horses are often on the turn and have to use both forelegs as leading legs at certain times in the race.

The Hurdle course  is a 1 mile long circuit that runs around the Steeplechase course. The Hurdles course is a left handed course and the minimum trip run is 2 miles and 2.5 furlongs.

Bullet Points

  • Hurdles course is left handed, Steeplechase course is right handed
  • There are six fences on the circuit
  • Both courses are around 9 furlongs long
  • Both courses are relatively flat

Map of Fontwell Park Racecourse

Map of Fontwell Park Racecourse for daily racing tips

Statistics – Last Three Years

Top Trainers – Chase

                                                Runners        Wins               Places

G Moore                               50                   12                   21

P Nicholls                              23                   12                   7

C Tizzard                               39                   10                   16

N Mulholland                      38                   6                      20

J Mullins                                25                   5                      10                  


Top Trainers – Hurdles

                                                Runners        Wins               Places

G Moore                               145                 26                   64

C Gordon                              95                   12                   41

O Sherwood                        37                   11                   14

A Honeyball                         22                   11                   6

N Mulholland                      73                   10                   31                                          


Top Trainers – National Hunt Flat

                                                Runners        Wins               Places

A Honeyball                         7                      4                      3

C Gordon                              13                   3                      6

N Mulholland                      12                   3                      6

O Murphy                            4                      2                      2

G Moore                               17                   1                      6




Top Jockeys – Chase

                                                Runners        Wins               Places

J Moore                                 45                   11                   18

L Aspell                                  24                   8                      9

R Johnson                             21                   8                      8

H Cobden                             23                   7                      10

B Frost                                   25                   6                      11                  


Top Jockeys – Hurdles

                                                Runners        Wins               Places

T Cannon                              93                   16                   42

J Moore                                 92                   16                   30

L Aspell                                  60                   11                   24

R Johnson                             49                   10                   20

J Moore                                 64                   9                      30      


Top Jockeys – National Hunt Flat

                                                Runners        Wins               Places

A Coleman                            11                   5                      6

R Johnson                             9                      3                      3

T Cannon                              14                   2                      5

L Aspell                                  10                   2                      5

J Moore                                 14                   2                      3


Course Address

Fontwell Park Racecourse


West Sussex

BN18 0SX

A Guide To Fontwell Park

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