Ayr fixtures on 29 & 30 April cancelled

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has today announced that Ayr's Flat fixtures on 29 & 30 April have been cancelled. This is due to areas of Ayr's Flat track not being raceable. 

The BHA will seek to re-allocate these fixtures to other racecourses in line with usual procedure and will provide an update on this in due course. 

Explaining the situation, Clerk of the Course Graeme Anderson said:

"As part of a programme of ongoing investment we have been carrying out drainage work in the home straight for the long term good of the track following issues in recent years. 

"We have a relatively short window to complete major works and unfortunately with unseasonably low temperatures in the past few weeks it has meant the course has not recovered at the rate we would like. 

"Naturally we are hugely disappointed that areas of our Flat track will not be raceable for our fixtures at the end of April but human and equine welfare is paramount to and we will never seek to compromise safety in order to achieve a quick fix or outcome."

Chelmsford City to host new fixture on 1 April to replace Ayr

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has today announced that Chelmsford City Racecourse will host a new fixture on 1 April which will replace the one due to take place at Ayr.

Graeme Anderson, Clerk of the Course at Ayr Racecourse, said:

"Following the end of the Flat season at Ayr last October we invested in some new drainage work in the home straight, following which the ground was reinstated and reseeded.

"Unfortunately there has been insufficient growth for the ground to be ready for our scheduled Flat meeting on April 1.

"We are unable to stage a Flat meeting on the hurdles track due to the close proximity of the Coral  Scottish Grand National Festival."

The afternoon fixture at Chelmsford City will be a seven-race card, with entry and declaration deadlines remaining as normal. 

Race programme details and further fixture information will be available via the Racing Admin website www2.racingadmin.co.uk in due course. 

Musselburgh's 7 November fixture moved to all-hurdle card

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has today announced that Musselburgh's fixture on Wednesday 7 November will be an all-hurdle card.

This is to allow for watering to be concentrated on the hurdles track following the recent spell of dry weather.

The two chases originally programmed for Musselburgh's fixture have been re-arranged as follows:

  • Novices' handicap chase (Class 4) (0-105) 2m4f - moved to Kelso 10 November

  • Handicap chase (Class 4) (0-105) 2m - moved to Ayr 14 November

The all-hurdle card at Musselburgh on 7 November, which will have two new races alongside the four originally planned, will close as normal at 12 noon on Thursday 1 November with declarations at the 24-hour stage. 

Full race programme and further fixture details are now available via the Racing Admin site www2.racingadmin.co.uk