May 22, 2018 at 14:05 #1354632
The Jockey Club & ARC have expressed interest in taking over Musselburgh Racecourse.
A tender process could take place on June 26th after a meeting by East Lothian Council takes place.
The troubled course has a licence to race until the middle of October.
ARC & the Jockey Club have spoken to the courses but nothing more than that.
May 22, 2018 at 21:23 #1354660
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Don’t do it Musselburgh! If you think the situation is bad now just wait until ARC get their greedy hands on it and ruins the place. They’ll likely dig up the jumps course, replace it with an all-weather surface and run endless class 6 and 7 mediocre drivel.May 22, 2018 at 21:48 #1354663
ARC successfully leased Doncaster racecourse from the council, run it on their behalf, revamped it and have made the course profitable, so where this idea of yours comes from Phil I do not know
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Yes exciting Doncaster….May 22, 2018 at 21:56 #1354666
Sigh Doncaster is an exciting course it always has been let me guess a snobby Southerner.
Doncaster’s stand was in disrepair before ARC rebuilt it and now has added the bloodstocks and a new Hilton hotel in 10 years they have revamped the course in ways no one could have predicted especially for a course which is built on common land and has no room for expansion.May 23, 2018 at 07:21 #1354699
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Phil Walker wrote:
“Don’t do it Musselburgh! If you think the situation is bad now just wait until ARC get their greedy hands on it and ruins the place. They’ll likely dig up the jumps course, replace it with an all-weather surface […]”
I’m pretty certain that the permitted usages of what is an historic links course as well as a racecourse would likely forbid such a conversion.
At least, they have prevented and continue to prevent the erecting of any floodlights around the existing course, which was one of the main reasons why previous proposals for Musselburgh to house the first artificial surface track in the north ultimately came to nothing.
If anywhere in the ARC portfolio might be being scrutinised with a view to adding a synthetic track, I wonder if it might be Ffos Las, which passed fully into ARC’s ownership this week. Lovely, big, flat sweeping oval – it’d make for a fairer challenge than most AS tracks.
I suppose the matter of whether sufficient Irish horses (say, those, that get balloted out of races at Dundalk) could help the Dave Evanses of this world to service a programme of AS fixtures there could prove key to its feasibility.
The patron saint of lower-grade fare. A gently critical friend of point-to-pointing. Kindness is a political act.July 2, 2018 at 22:53 #1359306
Musselburgh have agree a third party running the course is the best way forward.
The Jockey Club and ARC have been joined by Chelmsford owners and Scottish2000 in taking an interest in the forthcoming tender to run Musselburgh racecourse.
The Jockey Club would like to have the course as it’s first Scottish course after losing out on Kelso.
ARC would probably like to add the Scottish course to it’s portfolio as it had success revamping Doncaster.
Scottish2000 promotes the 5 Scottish tracks and it would keep the track within the Scotland rule.
Chemlsford say they haven’t thought much about it but after the successful reopening of Chelmsford it could be a way to expand.
Musselburgh would become the first of the 5 Scottish tracks not to be independently owned when the tender process is finished.
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