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Brighton Races

Last Updated: October 12, 2018

Located within 20 acres of picturesque countryside and offering views of the sea and Brighton, Brighton Racecourse is one of the South of England’s most vibrant tracks. It has been attracting decent crowds of locals and holidaymakers for over 250 years and currently stages over 20 racing fixtures every season. It’s seen as a great day out for family and friends, as well as for corporate entertaining.

Key Facts

Below are some key facts about Brighton Racecourse

Established: 1783

Course Type: Flat

Current Owners: Arena Racing Company


It’s fair to say that Brighton is a unique and quirky track. It is U-shaped, and races are capped at a distance of 1 mile 3 furlongs and 196 yards. Horses running over the maximum distance are asked to race uphill and left-handed for much of the first four furlongs before a sharp left-handed bend takes them past the 7 furlongs and 214 yards starting point. The course then switches slightly right-handed between the 6 furlongs and 209 yards starting point and the 5 furlongs and 213 yards starting point. The minimum distance for races is 5 furlongs and 59 yards, though runners must race left-handed around the final bend even from this point. Once around the final bend, they must travel downhill before encountering a steep uphill climb towards the winning post. 

The course often favours speedy types that have been drawn low that can also race handily, but not too fast for their own good. If the leaders do go too fast, this enhances the chances of winning of those that race behind the pace. However, this theory can go out of the window when the ground rides soft as runners often make a beeline towards the stands rail in the final three furlongs. 

Brighton is also synonymous with course specialists, with many horses returning to this unique track to win time after time. Roy Rocket became a crowd favourite when winning for the ninth time at the track in August 2018.

Notable Races

Brighton stages around 21 flat racing fixtures each year, with meetings starting in April and ending in October. The main highlight is the 3-day Marathon Bet Festival which takes place in August. 

Dress Code

Brighton Racecourse doesn’t operate a formal dress code, but be aware this seaside racecourse does not permit flip flops if you’re thinking of coming straight from the beach. It also does not permit casual shorts, ripped denim, or sports shirts.

Indeed, most visitors choose to dress up for the occasion, with smart casual the preferred choice of most punters. However, Ladies Day and Gentleman’s Day are two occasions where many racegoers go that extra yard and dress up in their finery. That’s because there are usually prizes for the best outfits.

Racegoers are also urged to consider the weather as, whilst most areas are suitable for any type of footwear, some are grassed. These may get wet and muddy when it rains.

Interesting Fact

Brighton Rock, a novel by Graham Greene about 1920’s gang warfare, has scenes set at Brighton Racecourse.

Address and Contact Details

Brighton Racecourse, Freshfield Road, Brighton BN2 9XZ
01273 603580

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