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IFHA Debates Synthetic Surfaces

Friday, 10th October 2008

In Europe, "contrasting views on the future of synthetic tracks were expressed at the meeting of the International Federation Of Horseracing Authorities in Paris" (following last weekend's Arc de Triomphe meeting at Longchamp) reported bloodhorse.com. Ian Renton (boss of Arena Leisure which owns British all-weather tracks Lingfield, Wolverhampton & Southwell) "was upbeat about the prospects of Gr1 races being held at these venues in the near future". But Jamie Martin (vice president of Canada's flagship Woodbine track in Toronto) said that "despite Santa Anita holding the US Breeders' Cup World Championships on the new surface later this month, the introduction of synthetic racetrack materials over the past 2 years had come to a halt in North America". (For an extended report on the various opinions expressed, click on the link in The Great Debate panel on the right-hand side of this page.)

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