Yarmouth: racing returns at the track following issues with the surface
By David Baxter 9:36PM 7 JUN 2016
THE reopening of Yarmouth after a near nine-month absence has been welcomed by the Newmarket training community, with plenty of yards represented at the two-day fixture starting on Wednesday.
With a journey time of just over an hour, Yarmouth is the nearest track outside of the two courses within Newmarket, and trainers have been quick to pledge their support with 79 runners declared over Wednesday’s eight races.
Numbers are almost identical for Thursday’s fixture, with 77 runners for another eight-race card following the division of the 6f two-year-old maiden.
Luca Cumani, John Gosden, William Haggas and Roger Varian will be sending runners to the track, while Mark Johnston, David Nicholls and Kevin Ryan have ensured there will be healthy representation from the north.
‘Nice and flat now’
Jane Chapple-Hyam is pleased the track has been given the all-clear to resume racing following trials and tribulations with the surface.
She said: “It’s fantastic and cuts down the travelling for horses and staff. I’m looking forward to it. Danny [Brock] rode one of my horses down the straight when they had one of the open days and he said it’s nice and flat now. It’s very convenient for Newmarket trainers and it’s good to have it back.”
Like Chapple-Hyam, Stuart Williams is based in Newmarket, and has declared a runner on both days.
He said: “I’ve always liked to send runners there. They could do with a bit more prize-money in a few of the races but hopefully they are going to address that. They said they would. I’m pleased it’s back on.”
The forecast is dry for Wednesday and Thursday, with the going described as good to firm, while the back straight and both bends are good.