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Brighton host their biggest meeting of the year, the Marathonbet Festival of Racing from August 8 to 10 at the unique location on the hills of the south coast overlooking the sea.
The opening day features Brighton’s richest race, The Hobgoblin Mile. Another highlight is Ladies’ Day on Thursday August 9 which hosts both The Brighton Challenge Cup and the Brighton leg of The Silk Series, a race for female jockeys, which was won in 2017 by eventual Silk Series champion, Megan Nicholls.
The Arena Racing Company (ARC)-owned course anticipates an attendance of 15,000 people to the meeting that proved popular in 2017 when first sponsored by online bookmaker Marathonbet, who have continued their association this year.
Executive Director of Brighton Racecourse, Paul Ellison said: “We’re delighted to welcome Marathonbet back to Brighton for the Festival of Racing in August. They were fantastic supporters of the meeting last year and we’re really looking forward to working with them to promote their brand, and the meeting, over the coming weeks.”
Natalia Zavodnik, CEO at Marathonbet added: “We’re delighted to be partnering with Brighton Racecourse’s extraordinary festival of racing for another year. Last year’s three-day event proved such a success that we couldn’t wait to get involved again.”
Racegoers will be able to enjoy the racing alongside a whole host of entertainment, including vintage food stalls, pop-up bars and music alongside the iconic views over Brighton.
Marathonbet and Brighton Racecourse will also be engaging with racing fans in the run up to the Festival with competitions and chances to win prizes and tickets on social media.
The meeting has a lively feel, with the Brighton racecourse website detailing the amount prosecco and strawberries expected to be consumed and branding the meeting ‘The Festival of the Summer – three days of fizz, fillies and frolics’.
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