Following Uttoxeter Racecourse’s final Summer Meeting last Sunday Arena Racing Company (“ARC”) has begun £70,000 worth of drainage improvement works at the Midlands track.
As part of the work the two mile chute and five other areas of the chase and hurdle course will receive drainage treatment in efforts by ARC and the Uttoxeter Racecourse Executive to improve the consistency of the Going and minimise the risk of abandonment at times of high rainfall.
Uttoxeter Racecourse Executive Director, David MacDonald, said: “In my nine years at Uttoxeter Racecourse we have invested over £300,000 in drainage works. Being a low lying racecourse, located in the Dove Valley close to the River Dove and the Picknall Brook, we can suffer more than others at times of high rainfall so an efficient drainage system is vital.”
The works are being over seen by Clerk of the Course, Charlie Moore, who said: “We are fortunate in using our agronomist Mike Harbridge of Professional Sportsturf Design to design the works, as well as Mallinsons of Ormskirk to do the work as they are familiar with the track. We are pleased to be making these further improvements to the track and look forward to resuming racing on 9 September.”
Uttoxeter Racecourse’s next fixture takes place on Wednesday 9 September for the Betfred Raceday. Tickets are available from just £10 and are available online at www.uttoxeter-racecourse.co.uk or over the phone on 01889 562561.