Brighton Racecourse has taken the decision to delay the start to its flat racing season due to poor grass growth following the prolonged wet and cold weather.
The first three meetings – Thursday 25th April, Thursday 2nd May and Tuesday 7th May will be relocated to other courses within the ARC group.
Clerk of the course Ed Arkell said, “We have been closely monitoring the track at Brighton throughout the closed period and really it is case of severe weather having had quite an effect on a very exposed surface. This has meant the grass just hasn’t grown or recovered from last season and we would prefer not to race on it at the moment. The additional time we will have will give us the opportunity to both benefit from milder weather conditions and carry out additional ground works prior to us racing for the first time this year on 21st May. We will also take the opportunity to re-spray the track for various pest infestations that have been prevalent in the Sussex area just recently which include Leatherjacket or crane fly larvae which are apparent on certain areas of the high point of the track, to ensure there is no disruption to racing later in the season.”
The course would like to express their apologies to connections but felt taking this early decision to transfer fixtures would minimise inconvenience.
The fixture transfers have been agreed with the British Horseracing Authority as:
April 25th to Lingfield (AWT) (eve)
May 2nd to Chepstow (eve)
May 7th to Yarmouth
Jim Allen, Racing Director for ARC said “I would like to extend our thanks to the BHA for working with us to transfer these fixtures. We are confident to commence racing at Brighton on 21st May, when we expect the track to be in excellent condition and fit for racing, following what has been a very difficult and testing winter period.”