Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Ascot Announces Straight Course Programme Contingency Plan For Friday 11th May

"With racing on the round course highly questionable for Friday, we took the step of approaching the BHA this morning to look at options to create six straight course races on Friday evening alongside the two round course races, which we may lose. Splitting two races, whilst arguably not ideal, will enable us, if necessary, to provide a six race card as required by the rules of racing."

"We’re very much supporters of the dynamic race planning initiatives that are more and more being adopted by the racecourses and the BHA in situations like this, as demonstrated last week by the quick work all round to move our Sagaro card to the all weather, which was co-funded by the levy board, Ascot and Kempton."

"We will look at how Saturday might work and will announce plans in that respect in the morning."

Said Nick Smith, Head of Communications, Ascot Racecourse.

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