Fontwell Park race-goers can have their cake and eat it

IT WAS all about love and eight at Fontwell Park.

Eight was the theme of their family race day - and the crowds loved it.

Some 4,000 poured through the gates to see eight races and celebrate the track’s 88th birthday.

A cake which stretched to 700 slices helped the day go with a swing as staff celebrated the course’s unique figure-of-eight layout.

It was made by Hettie Arkell, the wife of clerk of the course Ed Arkell, who provides catering for Fontwell’s stable staff and stewards.

On the track there were good-sized fields for all eight races - more than is usually seen at one meeting. In keeping with the day, there were, also unusually, victories for eight different jockeys and trainers.

Fontwell’s Emma Newbery said: “It was a very successful day. We hit the jackpot with the weather and there were lots of families here to enjoy the entertainment.”

With that big occasion behind them, it’s all eyes on the October festival now for Fontwell bosses.

Two back-to-back days of racing on Friday, October 5, and Saturday 6 promise some top-class jump racing.

The festival will have a Best of British theme to continue the fun in a year dominated by events like the Olympics and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. There’ll be live music on both days.

A £25 ticket is available allowing entry to the Grandstand and Paddock Enclosure across the two days. Call 01243 543335 or visit