Brighton and Hove and surrounding area

Brighton is a fashionable seaside resort in East Sussex on the south coast of England. It is very popular with Londoners due to its proximity to the capital and with tourists in general. Brighton and Hove is noted for it’s diverse culture and it’s music and arts scene. As a major tourist venue, there is just so much to do, particularly around the beach area:

Saint Pauls Parish Church

Royal Pavilion

As I said in my blog post about Goodwood Racecourse yesterday, there is plenty to see in East and West Sussex. Chichester is a lovely place and only and hours drive away. You can stop at Arundel on the way.

There are of course lots of hotels, restaurants and pubs in Brighton catering for every conceivable taste. Lots of quirky shops too.

The Racecourse

Brighton is a stiff left-handed course and is roughly horseshoe shaped. The course is 1m4f in complete length with some undulations. They travel downhill into the straight and then a gradual rise to the line. In very soft ground, the runners will usually come stand side in the straight. The conformation of the course suits the small agile type of horse. Previous good form at this unique track is important when trying to find winners.

There doesn’t appear to be any draw bias other than perhaps 5f races on soft ground where an outside draw may be favoured.

Clerk of the course is currently Tracey O’Meara

Telephone number: 01273 603580 

Getting Here

Set high above Brighton Seafront, the racecourse has a fantastic view out to sea. It’s not far but quite a climb if you’re walking. There is a courtesy coach running from Brighton Station.

It’s about 70 miles from London and is well signposted when you get to Brighton. Car Parking is free and includes designated disabled parking. Disabled facilities seemed pretty good in general.

Postcode for Sat Nav is BN2 9XZ.

Parking is free.

Racecourse Facilities

There is no strict dress code at the racecourse though on the website, they do try to encourage smart casual.

There’s clearly plenty of bar space in all enclosures and food for all tastes. I particularly liked the small coffee bar in the Premier Enclosure. I didn’t sample any food so can’t comment really. However…………….

At the end of the meeting, I got chatting with a chap from The Black Country who told me he and his wife had been in Silks Restaurant and said it was excellent. They also did the racecourse tour prior to racing and said that was also worthwhile.

The view from the grandstand is lovely. There is a fair bit of seating, a good view of the course and a decent view out to sea.

I found the staff here very open and friendly. I find that at some courses, they can be a little stuffy but that wasn’t the case here.

My Day

The drive from Chichester was quite nice. I stopped in Lancing for a cuppa and a walk along the sea for a while.

I paid £24 into the Premier Enclosure. The Paddock Enclosure was £19 and I heard some lads complaining about it being so expensive that day. They reckoned it was usually cheaper. I don’t know either way but I was happy enough with it all.

Two winners provided me with another profitable day though it was close, I needed a sumptuous 9/1 winner in the last race, good old ‘Malaysian Boleh’, to send me home happy.

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