Company makes big investment in all-weather racing

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  • Arena Racing Company (ARC) has announced they intend to make a big investment in all-weather racing surfaces in Great Britain.

    Wolverhampton will be the first racecourse to use the new all-weather surface, Tapeta. Wolverhampton hosted its last fixture on the old surface on 29 April and has now started to lay the new Tapeta surface.

    The new Tapeta surface will be tested throughout July, with fixtures moving to Lingfield Park and Southwell, with racing recommencing again on 11 August.

    Newcastle racecourse has already been given the green light by the BHA to use Tapeta as the surface for their new all-weather track.

    Tepeta footings is already been used on 4 racecourses in the world including, 4 racecourses at Meydan in Dubai, as well as in training yards in Britain such as Mark Johnston’s Kingsley House yard in Scotland.

    Jim Allen, ARC racing director, said: “ARC is establishing an unmatched record of investing in British all-weather racing through financing new surfaces at its existing tracks, as well as pioneering a new all-weather track at Newcastle and the introduction of the All-Weather Championships.

     “We believe it is right time to bring a world-renowned surface like Tapeta to British racecourses for the first time.  We remain absolutely committed to the existing Polytrack surface at Lingfield and Fibresand surface at Southwell, both of which have proved safe for horses and popular with trainers. I believe we can look forward to years of exciting and competitive racing at all-weather racecourses in Britain.”

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