Brighton Races

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A classic seaside resort which blends all the history and charm of Britain’s best loved family destinations with a vibrant social scene and boundless visitor attractions, Brighton is well placed to provide superb horseracing too. Situated on Race Hill, some two miles from the centre of town, the course offers great views over Brighton and out to sea and with recent developments which include a brand new Grandstand with first class facilities, Brighton races form as much a part of the appeal of this famous town as all the other attractions.

Free Racing Tips The track at Brighton is unusual in that rather than a complete circuit; it forms an open-ended horseshoe shape, one of only three courses in the country along with Epsom and Newmarket which feature an open-ended track.

The shape is not the only challenge presented to horses, with a mile and a half of undulating surface being the main concern. In addition there is an unpredictable camber on the turn and so this is a course not for the feint hearted and requires skill, experience, and good balance. Typically course specialists do well at Brighton races but surprises are common and there is often thrilling close finishes.

Brighton is a flat racing venue and hosts 19 fixtures over the course of the season. Notable fixtures include the Big Day Out in July and the August Festival which is a three day event comprising the John Smith’s Brighton Mile and the social highlight of any racing calendar, Ladies Day.

Summer racing is perfect for a course situated in one of the great summer hotspots and it is easy to incorporate a day at Brighton races into a holiday or short break. The quality of racing is high and with a friendly atmosphere too, Brighton is equally popular with keen and casual racegoers.

Racegoers can choose between the Premier or Grandstand and Paddock Enclosures and admission in both cases includes free coach and car parking. The main area is the Grandstand and Paddock and tickets for this enclosure permit access to the viewing areas in the Grandstand as well as to the Parade Ring where horses are on show before each race. There are bars, Tote betting facilities and a wide range of food outlets available. There is also a picnic area and the Grandstand and Paddock is the best choice for a fun family day out.

Premier Enclosure admission allows access to all the features of the Grandstand and Paddock too in addition to the facilities of the Premier Enclosure. These include superb viewing right at the finish post and some fine raceday dining and drinks opportunities within Silks Restaurant and the Premier Bar. Great dining in an elegant environment represents the classic accompaniment to horseracing and this can be provided with a Raceday dining package.

The package includes admission badge for the Premier Enclosure, a table for the full duration of the races at Silks Restaurant, glass of bucks fizz on arrival a three-course a la carte meal, convenient Tote betting facilities, and CCTV screens to keep up with all the action on the track.
Brighton Races, inside rail

Concessions are available for students, registered disabled and OAPs who can gain entry to the Grandstand and Paddock Enclosure. They also have an option to upgrade on the day to the Premier Enclosure for an additional charge. Children under 16 go free to Brighton races and with three child admissions possible with every adult, a value for money family day out in Brighton has never been easier.

Groups attending the racing can enjoy discounts too with a 20% reduction in admission prices for group bookings of 15 persons or more. For those new to racing it might be a good idea to purchase one of the many raceday packages on offer. The Fancy a Flutter package includes admission into the Grandstand and Paddock, a race programme with all the essential information on each race, a drinks voucher and a Tote betting voucher. For an additional fee, upgrades to the Premier Enclosure are available.

An alternative is the Classic Raceday package, ideal for those who want a more comprehensive raceday experience. Included is admission to the Premier enclosure, tea and biscuits on arrival, raceday programme, two drinks, a Tote betting voucher, and a pre-race behind the scenes tour of the course. This is a popular package, with limited availability, early booking is strongly recommended.

Hospitality packages are also available for private suites, representing the ultimate stylish raceday experience for groups, friends and family, or business clients. Features in all suites include a private bar, betting facilities and CCTV screens with coverage of all the races of the day. For groups of up to 20 guests the Sussex and Channel suites are ideal, while the Prince Regent Suite can accommodate up to 160 guests. Marquees can also be erected to cater for anything up to 700 for a special event.

Hospitality is what Brighton as a town does well, in hosting a range of important conferences and cultural events. This extends also to Brighton Racecourse and any private event or party can be hosted with style and confidence, set against the backdrop of Brighton races.