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  • #1547
    CarryOnRacing
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    Hyndburn in Lancashire could be the site for a new £100m racecourse. A two-year study will begin shortly into the viability of redeveloping a 371-acre site close to the village of Simonstone into the project that will include a racecourse, grandstands, floodlights for night races, a five-star hotel , a casino and retail complexes. An early planning application is expected to be made by the developers led by a consortium backed by the Marquis of Zetland. Despite objections raised by the local area the plan – first floated in 2005 – has recently won the backing of the Lancashire Economic Partnership, the NorthWest Regional Development Agency and Blackburn Council and looks to be gaining serious momentum.

    #55917
    Friggo
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    Sounds good, but it’ll be for beach racing I take it?

    EDIT: Turns out a Middle-East consortium is behind it all. Quite obvious in hindsight. Will be good for the area, but I’d much rather they just swapped Musselburgh and Cheltenham around!;)<br>

    (Edited by Friggo at 3:26 pm on April 30, 2007)

    #55920
    Stormont
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    The north don’t need a super racecourse, they already have some of the best tracks in the land: Pontefract, Beverley, Ripon and York!

    #55923
    Mounty
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    Stormont, for a minute there I thought you used ‘Pontefract’ in the same sentence as ‘best racecourse’. :biggrin:

    #55928
    Wallace
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    Stormont, for a minute there I thought you used Beverley in the same sentence as ‘best racecourse’.:biggrin:

    #55929
    Friggo
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    Stormont, for a minute there I thought you used ‘Ripon’…

    You get the idea. ;)

    You know, that’s something I never thought (nor really cared tbh) about; the North (Scotland included) is lacking in top flat courses, York being a notable exception. But at least we’re spared all-weather, unless those prunes at Musselburgh get their way, in which case I’ll be moving.

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    yeatsyeats
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    There’s nothing wrong with Ponty, it’s a cracking track.

    What would be "Super" about this new track? The prize money and the quality of racing? <br>Sounds like a money making scheme on the back of horse racing to me.<br>What odds would you get that the vast majority of meetings would be 6 – 3 grand races.<br>

    #55933
    guskennedy
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    Quote: from CarryOnRacing on 3:00 pm on April 30, 2007[br]will include a racecourse, grandstands, floodlights for night races, a five-star hotel , a casino and retail complexes.

    Disappointing to see no mention of spa, gymnasium, themed bars and restaurants…

    #55937
    stevedvg
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    What would be "Super" about this new track? The prize money and the quality of racing?

    Good question.

    I don’t know about the "North" in the south, but Scotland doesn’t need a "super racecourse", it just needs its fair share of top races/prize money.

    Musselburgh is a nice track as is Hamilton.

    I’ve not been to Ayr for a few years but that has the potential to be a really "big" course. <br> <br>Steve

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    Quote: from yeats on 7:46 am on May 1, 2007[br]There’s nothing wrong with Ponty, it’s a cracking track.<br>

    It is a cracking track, pity about the stands and the clientele though.;) <br>

    #55944
    Mounty
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    I’ll say this for Ponty, it’s unique – I know of no other racecourse restaurant where you can order a salad and be asked "do you want chips with that?".

    #55946
    Irish Stamp
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    Quote: from guskennedy on 8:42 am on May 1, 2007[br]

    Quote: from CarryOnRacing on 3:00 pm on April 30, 2007[br]will include a racecourse, grandstands, floodlights for night races, a five-star hotel , a casino and retail complexes.

    Disappointing to see no mention of spa, gymnasium, themed bars and restaurants…<br>

    <br>They’re doing an Ok Corral Wild West type themed restaurant at Southwell – it will cater for all the bandits and cowboys that frequent the track ;)

    #55949
    madman marz
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    Quote: from Stormont on 4:24 pm on April 30, 2007[br]The north don’t need a super racecourse, they already have some of the best tracks in the land: Pontefract, Beverley, Ripon and York!<br>

    Beverley probably one of my most hated tracks.<br>Probably the biggest draw bias of any track in the UK.<br>And even if your fancied horse has the so called favoured high draw he will usually end up behind a wall of horses continually looking for a gap to appear, when or if it does, its usually all too late.

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    graysonscolumngraysonscolumn
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    Quote: from Friggo on 3:11 pm on April 30, 2007[br]Sounds good, but it’ll be for beach racing I take it?<br>

    <br>Both flat (turf and sand) and Jumps if previous reports on the project are to be believed.

    gc

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