Ayr: sprint course is out of action until repairs are complete
PICTURE: John Grossick (racingpost.com/photos)
By david baxter 3:13PM 13 JUL 2016
THERE will be no sprint races at next week’s fixture at Ayr as remedial work needs to be undertaken to the sprint course.
An old drain in a state of disrepair was discovered after the track’s last fixture on Monday, and needs to be fixed before racing can take place again on the sprint track.
Clerk of the course Emma Marley said: “Following track reinstatement operations after racing on Monday we found a sunken area of ground approximately one metre square off the stands’ side rail in the Sprint chute.
“We had the area professionally surveyed using ground penetrating radar and found a very aged field drain that requires repair. At all times the safety and welfare of our competitors is our primary concern and we need time to resolve the issue.”
Three races for the fixture on Monday, July 18 have had to be scrapped and replaced. The five furlong handicap, six furlong handicap and six furlong maiden will not be staged.
They have been replaced by a seven furlong maiden, a seven furlong fillies’ maiden and a mile handicap. Entries for the new races will close at noon on Thursday and declarations are to be made by 10am on Saturday
Sprints will not be allowed at Ayr until the track has been approved by a BHA course inspector.