Great Yarmouth Racecourse sets date for return to action

Racing is on its way back to Great Yarmouth next June. Picture: James Bass

Racing is on its way back to Great Yarmouth next June. Picture: James Bass - Credit: James Bass

Racing will not recommence at Great Yarmouth until June next year.

The track reopened in August after remedial work was carried out on the turf course, but the final two meetings of the season had to be moved when heavy rain rendered the track unraceable when a couple of jockeys were unseated.

Further work has been carried out and it will be given extra time to mature to ensure 18 meetings can take place.

Where the six meetings scheduled to take place in April and May will now be held has still to be decided.

Arena Racing Company, which owns Great Yarmouth, will continue to liaise with the British Horseracing Authority and an inspection will take place in May.

ARC say they will continue to liaise with the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) about the progress and the recommencement of racing, as well as working closely with Professional Sports Turf Design.

The racecourse will have its annual BHA pre-season inspection in May prior to racing.

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Glenn Tubby, Great Yarmouth executive director, said: 'The team at Great Yarmouth is grateful for the patience and continued support our racegoers, annual members, sponsors and horsemen have shown during our 2015 race season. We are already looking forward to our 2016 season and the many great years of racing ahead of us.'

Jon Pullin, ARC's Racing Operations Director, said: 'The new start date for Great Yarmouth's 2016 race season provides certainty for horsemen and racegoers.

'ARC is committed to ensuring each of our racecourses provides the best possible conditions for horses to race on and we are confident the extra time the track will now have will ensure an uninterrupted race season from June to October next year. This is in the best interests of Great Yarmouth Racecourse and means we can all enjoy racing at the track for many years to come.'