Wetherby awarded Flat fixture
Wetherby will stage its first Flat fixture next April after the British Horseracing Authority confirmed the allocation of one meeting to the Yorkshire venue.
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The meeting on April 26, 2015 follows the staging of a series of trials over a variety of distances on the Flat at the track in June with the racecourse's management keen to make full use of its facilities whilst retaining its focus on jump racing.
Jonjo Sanderson, chief executive and clerk of the course said: "We are delighted to have been allocated our first Flat raceday on Sunday, April 26 next year.
"This day is a conversion of an existing jump fixture, which had been scheduled to take place the previous Sunday.
"The fixture slot is one that Wetherby has had for a number of years, but we were required to vacate it in 2014 to accommodate the break in jump racing following the bet365 Gold Cup at Sandown Park.
"The rationale behind the introduction of Flat racing at Wetherby is to try to grow our business and attract a new customer base to Wetherby, as well as achieving a greater utilisation of the excellent equine and customer facilities that the racecourse has to offer.
"This should not be seen as a step towards the end of jump racing at Wetherby - in fact the opposite. Any Flat racing fixtures we secure will be supplementary to our core activity of jump racing and provide vital support to Wetherby's jump race programme."
The 2014 fixture list at the West Yorkshire course comprises of 15 racecourse fixtures, one enterprise fixture and two BHA leasehold fixtures with Wetherby eager to acquire additional fixtures in the latter bracket for racing under both codes.