Brighton Racecourse

Address:
The Racecourse, Freshfield Road, Brighton, BN2 9XZ - Map & Directions
Telephone:
01273 603580

An exclusively flat racing course, Brighton is situated just one mile northeast of Brighton city centre, and a further mile from the coast. Racing first started in Brighton in 1713 but wasn’t moved to the current site until 1783. Racing at Brighton is held annually between April and October.

The current stand at Brighton racecourse has stood since 1965 and cost a total of £400,000 to build. Whether travelling by car or by public transport, Brighton couldn’t be easier to get to, with easy road access via the A27 Brighton bypass, as well as regular trains taking under an hour from London. The track is just two miles from the train station, easily within walking distance or via buses that stop outside the station.

Ticket Prices

Brighton offers two separate ticket prices – entry to the grandstand or premier level entry, which are priced at £10 and £15 respectively. Under-18s are allowed free entry when accompanied by a full paying adult.

The Course

The course at Brighton is shaped like a horseshoe and has been compared regularly to Epsom as a result – it is one of very few tracks in the UK that does not complete a full circuit. The course is 1½ miles in distance – which is also the length of the longest race run there – although it used to extend to make a full circuit in order to accommodate four mile races. The track at Brighton also used to have jumps for national hunt races, but these have since been removed.

The grade 4 course at Brighton is left-handed, stiff and undulating in places, with a 4f home straight and gradual incline to finish. Interestingly, despite it being one of the smallest courses in the UK in terms of prize money and major races, American jockey Steve Cauthen, won his 1000th British race there, whilst riding Picnicing in 1987. The course was very popular after WWII with grandstands running down both sides of the home straight, but when crowds became smaller there wasn’t much income and the course became disused and run down. In 1998 Northern Racing took over and invested £4million into developments, which is why the course is in such good condition today.

Major Meetings at Brighton

There is on average around 18 days of racing each year at Brighton and the highlight of the season is their annual three-day event – The Brighton Festival – that takes place in early August. The main event at the festival is the Brighton Mile Challenge Trophy Handicap, sponsored by John Smith’s, which is a one-mile race (as the name explains) for horses aged three-years-old and over. Brighton used to be an integral part of the ‘Sussex Fortnight’, where Glorious Goodwood was followed by the Brighton Festival and further racing at Lewes.

Dining and Hospitality

In terms of hospitality and dining packages at Brighton racecourse, there is a strong selection of gourmet and silver service menus, as well as bespoke packages available if the initial menu is not to your taste. Suites are available for groups of between 10 and 200, with food, drink and complimentary photographs of your day included and these are priced in three different categories. There are silver, gold or platinum packages, all with slight differences and a natural increase in price and these start from as little as £59 per head.

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