Wetherby to trial summer flat racing

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Wetherby Racecourse is pondering staging summer flat racing in an attempt to make more use of the course and facilities throughout the year. 

A flat racing trial is being organised in June with a provisional fixture for the racing calendar pencilled in for next April.

The new date would possibly replace the jumps meeting rescheduled this year due to a revamp of the National Hunt season.

Should the trial be successful and flat racing subsequently be approved, then Yorkshire’s sole jumps-only venue could be staging several fixtures during the summer months in the future. 

“We are constantly trying to grow our business and attract new customers. ,” said clerk of the course Jonjo Sanderson. 

“To do that as a racecourse you need to have more racing fixtures and how many more racing fixtures could Wetherby stage during the winter? 

“Probably not that many so you look at the summer end.”

Sanderson has already secured the help of a number of trainers and Wetherby plan to trial a variety of distances. 

He also said the British Horseracing Authority had been “very accommodating” of the idea.

Sanderson added: “It’s very much an experiment from Wetherby’s perspective. It’s about moving forward.”