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How about an all-weather horse racing track up north?
3:31pm Wednesday 23rd January 2013 in Sport
The weather of the past week has really decimated horse racing for the local trainers, writes Alec Russell.
No National Hunt meetings have been held in the North while the all-weather fixtures have also been affected. The loss of Southwell, due to flooding, until next month, has meant that Wolverhampton is the nearest all-weather racecourse to Malton and Middleham, and the Black Country track also lost one meeting last week due to snow.
Surely there is an opportunity to open an all-weather track in the north of England. There would surely be plenty of runners. Perhaps Racing For Change could give some consideration to this possibility.
When racing was held at Wolverhampton, local stables had a measure of success. Last Thursday, Sheriff Hutton’s Mick Easterby had a double with Iggy and Desert Vision, while Malton’s John Wainwright scored with Media Jury.
On Monday, Norton jockey Tom Eaves had a double with Cardinal and Exning Halt, the latter for Norton trainer John Quinn, while Danny Tudhope was also in the winners’ enclosure with a success for veteran Midlands trainer Reg Hollinshead on the optimistically named Rapid Heat Lad.