I had a quick glance at Fairyhouse on ATR yesterday. I noticed they seemed to be using brush hurdles as per Southwell, Haydock and worcester. anybody know when they were first used at Fairyhouse? Is it an experiment or a long term measure?
It’s an experiment. They were first used for one race at Limerick in November. Not exactly the same as the Southwell ones, they are called Easyfix hurdles and are shaped more like a traditional hurdle than a mini-fence.
I can’t comment on the quality of hurdles used in Irish racing. However, standing near to the last hurdle at Perth and Musselburgh, there seem to be very few races in which at least one flight doesn’t get damaged and have to be replaced.
In one Perth contest last season the stake of the last hurdle broke off in the ground on the first circuit and, after a couple of minutes frantic activity, the signs went up to route the horses past the hurdle on the final circuit.