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  • #1886
    sberrysberry
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    when, or what year this track might open ?

    #722
    zilzal
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    <!– m –>http://www.greatleighs.com/index.php<!– m –>

    "Welcome to the future of Racing" :o

    "The eight-and-a-half furlong floodlit Polytrack circuit will complement the rich variety of racing tests enjoyed in the UK.

    It is the only left-handed all weather racecourse in the UK meeting the Horseracing Regulatory Authority’s upgraded specification for a 135m minimum radius bend.

    A chute start for races for seven and eight furlongs will enable Great Leighs to vary the geography of the racing circuit. The two-furlong home and back straights should ensure that plenty of horses remain in contention, with the prospect of exciting finishes for punters and TV viewers alike. "

    <br>Is there any reason to hope that this particular pit will be any bit more appetising  than the four current pits? A more round, wider track to the current ones would be a definite improvement. Perhaps somebody local  might "case the joint" for us to ensure they havn’t made an Ascot of it:cool:

    …and will it be known as Leighs or Great Leighs or will they find a sponsor or a catchier name…<br>

    #36279
    empty walletempty wallet
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    Maybe  Betfair  should also run an All weather racing tutorial  along with their US racing tutorial on their website :biggrin:

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    (Edited by empty wallet at 8:49 pm on Jan. 19, 2007)

    #36280
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    Quote: from zilzal on 7:29 pm on Jan. 19, 2007[

    "The eight-and-a-half furlong floodlit Polytrack circuit will complement the rich variety of racing tests enjoyed in the UK.

    By making them all flat, featureless, and the same surface???

    It is the only left-handed all weather racecourse in the UK meeting the Horseracing Regulatory Authority’s upgraded specification for a 135m minimum radius bend.

    It is a mirror image of the inner track at Kempton?

    A chute start for races for seven and eight furlongs will enable Great Leighs to vary the geography of the racing circuit.

    It will be so "varied" that all 7 & 8 furlong races will start from their respective chutes, as it would be unsafe to start them on the round course???

    The two-furlong home and back straights should ensure that plenty of horses remain in contention, with the prospect of exciting finishes for punters and TV viewers alike. "

    It will produce the same lottery as all the other tight circuits in this country???<br>

    "The Future Of British Racing"

    God help us all!:( <br>

    (Edited by reet hard at 11:05 pm on Jan. 19, 2007)

    #36281
    threenapsthreenaps
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    The future of racing is waterlogged at present….. more delay.

    #36282
    robnorthrobnorth
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    "The future of racing" was meant to have opened last autumn!

    #36283
    robert99robert99
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    Well, the dining room looks packed already.

    #36284
    robnorthrobnorth
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    clearly not interested in the racing then!

    #63785
    threenapsthreenaps
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    <br>Mid August…………maybe….

    a lot of work going on lately.

    #63786
    Richard Hoiles
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    GREAT LEIGHS will stage its opening meeting as Britain’s first new racecourse for 80 years on Thursday evening, August 16, writes Howard Wright.<br>"And that’s a promise," said Essex entrepreneur and track owner John Holmes yesterday.<br>"Only a catastrophe with the weather will stop us now," he added, speaking 24 hours after handing back to the BHB three scheduled fixtures in June and July, following the latest inspection by officials of the governing body and the Horseracing Regulatory Authority.<br>"We only had one fixture in July, so it makes good commercial sense to give that up and concentrate on the next official inspection date of June 21, when we want to deliver a finished racecourse."<br>HRA course inspector Nicky Carlisle is stepping up his regular visits from monthly to fortnightly, but the June examination is crucial if Holmes is to meet his new target.<br>Holmes said: "It’s HRA policy to have two months of consolidation and testing of the track, and we’d be the last people to go against that. We don’t want ourselves or the HRA to compromise the safety of horses and jockeys."<br>Holmes, who has suffered a variety of setbacks, from an unexpected Lands Tribunal defeat to a particularly wet winter, said: "I’m terrified to mention an opening date, because they’ve backfired before, but now I’m confident we will open on August 16."

    Part of most recent update in RP.

    Can find full article by searching on Great Leighs in cuttings library.

    #63787
    sberrysberry
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    thank you for that, i will tentatively pencil in august in my outlook calendar – as i did last year – i’ll keep august clear next year too :o

    #63788
    DroneDrone
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    …and FAR FAR more importantly Doncaster reopens the following afternoon (17th Aug)…oh how I yearn for you

    #63789
    Money on
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    Did the same John Holmes not say a few years back that Great Leighs will host the Breeders cup within the next 10 years?

    #63790
    Maxilon 5Maxilon 5
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    Money On, I hope they run the Gold Cup at Great Leighs!! Can’t wait.:biggrin: Can never get enough actual sand, imo.

    Drone, I entirely agree. I’m counting down the days and I’ll be there. A poster here on the Crap Courses thread a while back nominated Donny and I nearly fell off my chair!!

    #63791
    doyley
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    Hello,

    Kempton’s "sanding down", and evening programme has, in some quarters, been construed as a disaster.

    Add that to the Bookies manipulations etc. I think to myself is this Great Leighs really necessary??

    It has taken years in planning and eventual construction, and I firmly believe that a "time out" should have been taken to reflect the necessity of the venture. However, once rolling, it was difficult and expensive to stop and, I think, to much money involved.

    I hope it is a success, but how certain people within racing measures success these days puzzles me.<br>But in my humble opinion, there was absolutely no logical reason to build another "racetrack"

    No offence to the Great Leighs supporters, and yes I am a dinosaur from The Traditionalist Period, about 6 months’ after Jurrassic :(

    regards,

    doyley

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