ARC have today commenced the tender process for the replacement of the Wolverhampton surface and for the new all-weather surface at Newcastle Racecourse should the track get the go ahead to proceed.
Following the refurbishment of the Wolverhampton surface in the autumn of last year the track has been constantly monitored and has received ongoing remedial works. It is clear however that the surface has reached the end of its useful life and the decision has been taken to replace it.
The timetable for the replacement surface at Wolverhampton will partly depend on the chosen provider, but the intention is, for work to start at the end of April and be complete in mid-summer. Any Wolverhampton fixtures, of which there are very few, which are scheduled during the work process, will be discussed with the BHA and transferred to other racecourses within the ARC group.
Jim Allen, Director of Racing at ARC said, “For both Wolverhampton and Newcastle, we will be considering all BHA approved surfaces. Once Wolverhampton is replaced we will have invested approximately £4.0m in new all-weather surfaces in the last 18 months including the Fibresand replacement at Southwell and the newly replaced Polytrack at Lingfield Park.”
Those trainers who have expressed an interest purchasing some of the existing surface at Wolverhampton, as they did at Lingfield Park should direct their enquiries to the Clerk of the Course Fergus Cameron.