Racing: Guernsey racecourse ready for revival after gap of 13 years

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Plans for new racecourses in Britain may seem to be perpetually on hold but racing is poised to return to the island of Guernsey after a gap of 13 years.

Plans for new racecourses in Britain may seem to be perpetually on hold but racing is poised to return to the island of Guernsey after a gap of 13 years.

The Guernsey Race Club has made an application to the Channel Islands Racing and Hunt Club, the local equivalent of the Jockey Club, to hold a fixture at L'Ancresse Common, in the north of the island, on 2 May, 2005. Ruth Bougourd, wife of Guernsey trainer, Tom, said: "We used to have two meetings a year, but struggled to attract runners and the last meeting was in 1992. However, the club had a very positive response after it sponsored a day's racing at Les Landes [Jersey's racecourse] last July. We've already started work on the course which will be re-seeded and have new topsoil where it is needed." Christopher Edwards, the secretary of the Channel Islands Racing and Hunt Club, added: "We've agreed in principle to the fixture, subject to certain safety conditions being met, and the stewards will inspect the course again in November."

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