I can’t quite believe where the summer has gone this year – we’ve been very busy during the break and the time has absolutely flown by. We are all very much looking forward to tomorrow, and have our fingers well and truly crossed that the forecast wet weather is not too bad.
The major project we have been working on during the break are plans for the redevelopment of the parade ring area. The British Horseracing Authority has amended their General Instructions to confirm that from 1st September 2013, Parade Rings must be constructed with a non-slip, shock-absorbing and rubberised finish to improve safety and welfare. Plumpton Racecourse will be undertaking improvement works next summer to ensure we comply with the new General Instructions. In addition to improving safety, we are also looking to improve the visitor experience for the racing public.By this time next year the works should be completed, and we hope everyone will see a benefit.
The summer is also the time when we work on our plans for 2013, and undertake maintenance projects to improve the track and facilities at the course.
The entire track has been scarified following the end of the previous season to promote grass growth and assist in improving the soil structure. We have also undergone our usual maintenance and repairs over the summer break, rebuilt 3 fences, replaced the wood chip in the walkway, and levelled off take offs and landing area.
A number of public areas have been repainted including the external areas of the stable yard, the hostel common areas, and Paddock Restaurant. Repairs have also been completed on the Sussex Stand roof, with a larger viewing area now available here, and on the brick toilet building by the marquee. The Lewes Bar has been renamed the Hepworth Bar as award winning local brewer Hepworth are sponsoring it for the coming season. The Hepworth Bar will also be getting a facelift between the first 2 racemeetings.
We look forward to welcoming back many familiar faces, and hopefully also welcoming many new racegoers in the months ahead.