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May Madness at Brighton Racecourse

Thu, May 3, 2012

7 thrilling races and a Madness Tribute band to finish a great meeting off!

A race goers experience by Colin Bowman

Armed with a Premier Enclosure badge it was lovely to have a wander around Brighton Racecourse before racing got under way. From the top of the grandstand there is a stunning view of the course and surrounding countryside. The Racecourse with so much history (the Racecourse has been a fixture in Brighton since 1873) has seen some recent renovation with the stand in brilliant white paint with green piping. The May Madness event is the second meeting of a packed summer 2012 schedule for the seaside course.

Inside there are many food and drink options for race goers. In the Premier Enclosure most of the action happens in the warm and inviting surrounds of the Paddock Bar. Friendly staff operate in a courteous and professional manner all looking smart in their uniforms. Hot food is available in the Premier Enclosure Cafe run by Cheryl and Joan. Joan explained "Hot food and drinks are very popular here at the race course and we usually rushed off our feet, this afternoon we have homemade lasagne on the menu and hot pork sandwiches." She added "People seemed to enjoy sitting the leather comfy chairs while they are with us!"

Milos Seafood Bar is located the popular Long Bar inside the main Grandstand. Sally Brown, explained "Seafood dishes are very traditional outlets at races courses and this bar has been here for a number of years. Jellied eels used to be a firm favourite but cockles, prawns and crab sticks and now the popular choice!" It has to be said that the food looked great and lots of people were getting stuck in!

The Gourmet Burger and Fish Bar, situated outside the stand were doing great business. Manager Matt Gray explained. "Fish and chips is very popular amongst race goers and we are passionate about delivering quality food very quickly," Matt revealed that he had been working at the course since he was 15.

As timed ticked around to the 1st race there was an exciting buzz around the place. Under grey drizzly conditions on soft ground 7 exciting races unfolded. It proved to be a good day for favourite backers with four jolly's coming in. John Frances and brother Alan Frances were enjoying their day. John said, "My wife treated me to this afternoon and we are both having a great time, we will definitely be coming back!" Both had just backed Kings Road coming in at 9/2. John revealed, "It was a bit of a sentimental bet for my dad who used to live on the Kings Road!"

Around 20 employee of Alexander Rose Garden Furniture based in Burgess Hill were enjoying a brilliant evening out. Simone Stenning explained "It's a staff outing, paid for by the company and we are all enjoying ourselves." Natalie Lankston was thrilled to win £9.80 with her free bet. She explained, "We all received a complimentary bet with our race package, I put mine on Bloodsweatandtears and was amazed when it won!"

After racing was complete the evening moved to the vibe of a superb Madness Tribute band who were set up in the Long Bar. Just before going on lead singer Steve Kurz from Brighton said, "This is the first time we have played here and we are looking forward to it, there are 7 of us in the band and we hope to get this place rocking !"

They were fabulous and judging by the way that around 200 people were bopping away it was clear that it was popular way to end an entertaining evening at the races!

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