Fontwell fixture list swells

Phil Bell
Phil Bell
The start of racing on Washout Wednesday / Picture by Malcolm Wells

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Fontwell have unveiled their 2012 fixture list as they gear up for more thrills and spills.

The West Sussex course will lay on seven races this afternoon – the first going to post at 12.40pm.

And next season there will be an extra raceday for south coast punters to feast on.

Fontwell will host 24 meetings in 2012, one more than this calendar year. The highlight will once again be the National Spirit Hurdle – the track’s most valuable race – on Sunday, February 26.

Won by Celestial Halo in the mud last season, the renewal once again promises to attract some of the country’s finest hurdling talent. The track’s annual ladies’ evening will be held on Thursday, August 16, with the second two-day festival confirmed for October 5-6.

The Southern National, won earlier this month by Victor Dartnall’s Giles Cross, will go to post on Sunday, November 18.

And Fontwell will once again offer some festive cheer with its Boxing Day fixture.

Executive director Phil Bell said: ‘It is one of the most customer friendly fixture lists in the country.’

If you book in advance for any meeting in January, February or March, admission is just £10 for the Grandstand and Paddock Enclosure.

Full 2012 fixture list: January 12, 27; February 5, 26; March 7, 22; April 3, 20; May 4 (eve), 16; June 6, 21 (eve); August 16, 30; September 9; October 5, 6, 24; November 9, 18, 28; December 11, 26.