Racing: Fixture list agreed

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The Independent Online
RACING'S LONG-RUNNING fixture-list saga came to a conclusion yesterday. As expected, the Levy Board has approved funding for the British Horseracing Board's third draft programme for 2000.

It had failed to support both previously proposed lists, amid much controversy which eventually led to the resignation of Angus Chrichton-Miller as BHB deputy chairman.

But it has accepted the new policy, which means that next year there will be meetings on 14 consecutive summer Sundays in Britain, together with six Saturday evenings.

That was a revised version of the originally-planned 18 straight Sundays - with all Saturday evenings scrapped - which the Levy Board opposed on the casting vote of its chairman, Robert Hughes.