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Lingfield Park continue their busy summer schedule with a race meeting on the turf this afternoon, one of 11 fixtures at the Surrey racecourse in the next 10 weeks.
Lingfield is scheduled to stage a mix of afternoon and evening flat racing on their turf and all-weather courses during the summer months and after today’s meeting they race on July 21, 25 and 28, August 4, 11 and 29 and September 1, 5, 15 and 25.
Lingfield is one of three courses close to London that stages racing on an all-weather surface – along with Kempton Park and Chelmsford City – and one of 16 tracks owned by Arena Racing Company (ARC) that includes the south east’s Brighton, Fontwell Park and Royal Windsor.
ARC recently added to their portfolio with the acquisition of Ffos Las Racecourse Limited in Wales; which in 2018 hosts 19 fixtures – six flat and 13 jumps cards.
ARC Chief Executive Martin Cruddace said, “We are delighted to welcome Ffos Las Racecourse into ARC, and that Dai Walters will stay on as Honorary Chairman of the racecourse.
“As racecourses face escalating costs, together with uncertainty in retail media rights, we believe scale is now more important than ever. Equally, we will continue to closely consult with horsemen to make sure our expanding business continues to increase the value of the stakeholder experience.”
Walters added: “My association with the creation and delivery of Ffos Las Racecourse is something that I am very proud of, and I will continue to support the further development of the facility by remaining as the Honorary Chairman.”
“Ffos Las has provided a stage for Welsh racing to display their racing excellence and encouraged people to visit this beautiful part of west Wales. The facility has provided employment to the area and boosted the local economy. Ffos Las achieved record attendances in 2017 since opening in 2009.”
“The acquisition by ARC will allow Ffos Las to expand through utilising the knowledge and expertise gained from its other racecourses. They will be able to draw on other fixtures which have always been an issue for us, and provide more non-racing opportunities, through staging large music concerts.”
“This is a very exciting new chapter with many opportunities for Ffos Las Racecourse to pursue.”
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