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kempton park Jonjo O’Neil, Nigel Twiston-Davies and Kim Bailey in favour of the plan given that the Jockey Club (JC) has promised to put the proceeds into much-needed prize-money funds. However, it is a plan that needs proceeding with under caution; as my father who farms some acres in the Cotswolds, would say “they don’t make land any more” and “you can only sell it once”. That sentiment is even more relevant in this instance considering that the Kempton plot is on the outskirts of one of the finest capitals in the world boasting a population of 8.6 million. It is a site with such wonderful advantages that racing should consider itself lucky to own – it would never begin to afford to buy such a location now, those in charge of the “heritage” of the sport (until perhaps now) having done a fine job of protecting the racecourse site from the growth of the conurbation whilst others have been lost. Fewer people are emotionally attached to the All-Weather (AW) track, but the removal of it, albeit that it is due to be replaced with an AW at Newmarket, is arguably more important from an industry perspective due to the numbers of runners, horses, trainers and the value of the media rights involved

...the Kempton plot is on the outskirts of one of the finest capitals in the world boasting a population of 8.6 million (and that comment is no way meant to deride the NH interests). The sheer amount of racing that can take place on the AW means that any change could have a significant affect on the industry, and is something that should be discussed and debated with the use of applied figures and data – instead of brushing the issue under the carpet and saying “no one goes”, “no one likes AW racing” and that there is “no atmosphere” and it needs removing. The JC and anti-Kempton people have argued that people do not visit the AW course, but that is fairly inevitable due to the frequency of the mid-week racing through the middle of winter. On a rare Saturday evening AW card, held in January, the panoramic restaurant was full

Richard Hannon: uses Kempton’s AW course more than any other trainer in GB

Top 20 trainers by nos of runners at Lingfield AW last 10 years

Top 20 trainers by nos of runners at Wolverhampton AW last 10 years

Top 20 trainers by nos of runners at Chelmsford AW last 10 years (for years open)

Trainer Runs

Trainer Runs

Trainer Runs

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P D Evans R A Fahey W M Brisbourne D Shaw M Johnston R A Harris A W Carroll R Hollinshead K A Ryan J M Bradley B P J Baugh T G Dascombe M W Easterby M Appleby M Botti A J McCabe J A Osborne D M Loughnane R C Guest S Kirk

M Johnston M Botti P S McEntee M Appleby D Shaw S C Williams C A Dwyer Richard Hannon D M Simcock J R Jenkins P D Evans R A Fahey J A Osborne E A L Dunlop C R Dore A Balding J G Given J H M Gosden G L Moore J Ryan

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ITB_March_April 2017  

We speak to champion UAE trainer Doug Watson ahead of the Dubai World Cup, we put some data behind the Jockey Club's Kempton Park proposals,...

ITB_March_April 2017  

We speak to champion UAE trainer Doug Watson ahead of the Dubai World Cup, we put some data behind the Jockey Club's Kempton Park proposals,...