Plumpton

Plumpton Racecourse, situated on the South Downs, East Sussex, near Brighton, was originally established as a hare coursing venue in 1876. The course staged its first National Hunt fixture in 1884 and subsequently received support from the South Downs Hunt until 1914. More recently, it was rescued from closure by Adrian Pratt and Peter Savill in 1998 and, today, plays host to 16 National Hunt fixtures throughout the season.

 

Course Characteristics

Plumpton Racecourse is a left-handed, sharp, undulating oval, just nine furlongs in circumference. There are seven moderately stiff fences, or five flights of hurdles, per circuit and a run-in of 200 yards. The turn into the home straight is the lowest point on the course, but the steady climb to the winning post does not present a stern test of stamina, unless conditions are testing. The tight bends and pronounced undulations tend to favour swift, accurate jumpers who like to race prominently.

 

Track Facts

The highlight of the racing year at Plumpton is the Sussex National, run over 3 miles 5 furlongs in January.

Prince Charles made his debut as a jockey at Plumpton in 1980, finishing second in a charity race on 13/8 favourite Long Wharf.

The water jump at Plumpton was used for the last time in 1999.

At Plumpton in 2009, multiple National Hunt champion jockey Tony McCoy reached the landmark of 3,000 career winners.

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