Great Leighs Gets Green Light to Race On April 4
John Holmes, the owner and promoter of the new Great Leighs racecourse, is pleased to announce that it will race on Friday, April 4, following today's visit of the inspectorate of the British Horseracing Authority.
John Holmes said: "It has been a long, hard journey but naturally I am delighted at today's decision. I would like to thank the BHA for their encouragement, advice and support, which has been unflagging.
"One must not expect a 'grand opening;' this is a completely new
destination where safety will take precedence. We see April 4 as a 'soft
opening' and if we can achieve the headline 'Great Leighs goes off without
a hitch' that will be a triumph. We have a further eight fixtures in
April, upon which we can build. This will give both us and our operators
- Arena Leisure plc, Sodexo Prestige and Stan James Bookmakers - a steer
towards our two-day fixture on May 28-29, by which time our public grandstand
and hospitality facilities will be fully operational.
"April 4 is the culmination of one dream and the start of another. We believe that Great Leighs will play an important role on the international stage of horse racing, as well as providing mid Essex with a destination that will benefit many facets of the local economy.
"Friday April 4 will be an especially good celebration - it also happens to be my birthday!"
Information about Membership and season tickets, plus detail about all of Great Leighs' start-up facilities can be obtained on www.greatleighs.com
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