Racing: Jockey Club finds new grounds to punish tracks

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The Jockey Club is to consider taking action against racecourses which fail to provide suitably safe ground conditions. The possibility of punishing tracks who fail to satisfy the course inspectorate was one of the points to emerge from a forum arranged yesterday by sports' medicine specialists Tendon Works. The meeting was attended by jockeys, trainers, owners, vets and racecourse representatives.

The jump jockey Andrew Thornton condemned tracks for not filling in divots between races. "There needs to be more maintenance between races, people should be going around treading in, not just throwing sand in holes," he said.

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