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Brighton Racecourse offers racegoers free admission at the first meeting of the season

Sun, Apr 20, 2014

Brighton Racecourse opens it gates to the racing public on Thursday 24th April for their first race meeting of the year. Racegoers will be treated to a free grandstand & paddock ticket for their first race evening, courtesy of Brighton Racecourse for those who book before 12noon the day before racing.

It was only 12 months ago when the racecourse lost its first three meetings of the season due to damage of the racing surface over the winter. The recent mild yet wet winter months have helped the track and the ground has been described as good to firm by the ground staff team at the racecourse.

There has been a change in management throughout the closed racing season at Brighton with a new Executive Director at the racecourse, Davina Wells. The former Cluster Manager of the Premier Inn Hotels in Southampton has taken over from Stuart Dorn, who spent the last two years at Brighton Racecourse and has just been appointed the Executive Director role at Royal Windsor Racecourse, another track owned by Arena Racing Company.

Davina commented; "I have been at Brighton Racecourse for a few months now and I'm already enjoying working with the team and building up strong relationships within the Brighton community. We are delighted to be back racing for the start of the flat season and we look forward to welcoming racegoers, jockeys, owners and trainers to the racecourse throughout the next six months".

The racecourse is now in its 231st year, making it one of the oldest tracks in the country, hosting 21 race fixtures between April and October. Some key race meetings coming up over the summer months include the 3 day festival of racing and their family fun raceday in August.

There are 128 horses entered for Thursday's evening meeting with notable local trainers including Gary Moore and William Knight. Whilst there is strong support from the powerful Richard Hannon stable and some Newmarket based trainers such as Ed Walker, Jeremy Noseda and Noel Quinlan.

Gates open from 15.00 with the first of seven races at 16.50 and the last race at 19.55. There will also be the chance to win a helicopter flight for two over the racecourse, plus some live music in grandstand hall after racing. For more information please follow on twitter @BrightonRace or call the Racecourse Office on 01273 603580

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