Steeplechase racing in a glorious setting will draw more than 30,000 spectators who come to tailgate and enjoy a card offering $700,000 in prize money that includes the prestigious $350,000 Grand National on Oct. 15.
Moorland Farm, a former estate in Far Hills, is the location of the 96-year-old race meeting that was started by the Essex Foxhounds as a thank you to farmers and landowners across whose property they hunted. The race meeting mistakenly is called “The Hunt,” by those not in the know, but the name has stuck.
General admission tickets in advance are $100, and businesses where they may be purchased can be found on the event’s website, farhillsrace.org. Tickets the day of the races are $200. Parking is $30 both in advance and at the gate. The races benefit hospitals and health care in the region.
Moorland is within walking distance of the Far Hills train station. Most local shops close for the day because of the tsunami of racegoers and traffic that makes it impossible to do business as usual.