PLANS for a new racecourse to the east of London could be unveiled within weeks. Graham Parr, chief executive of Arena Leisure, owners of Lingfield and Folkestone, announced yesterday that his company is close to securing a site north of the Thames and close to the M25.
Parr said: "We are talking to two or three landowners. We are moving forward with it aggressively and have talked to the BHB (British Horseracing Board) and HBLB (Horserace Betting Levy Board). It is not going to be pie-in-the-sky, funded from the Levy Board."
Parr hopes the new track will provide both all-weather and turf racing and although not prepared to disclose the exact location, he said: "It's not far from the Dartford Tunnel and the Queen Elizabeth Bridge and it's very near the M25."
One of the best jobs in racing is vacant following the anticipated split yesterday between last season's champion jumps owner, Robert Ogden, and the jockey Paul Carberry. The next question is who will replace Carberry aboard Ogden's powerful string which is expected to number 40 horses next season.
The pair had a three-year association during which they won the Tote Gold Trophy, Great Yorkshire Chase among several big prizes. Carberry, out of action for the rest of the season after breaking his leg at Wetherby on Wednesday, will ride as a freelance, dividing his time between Britain and Ireland.
"The decision to part company was taken some days before Paul's accident," Barry Simpson, Ogden's racing manager, said.
Ian Balding sends his disqualified Italian 2,000 Guineas "winner" Trans Island to Cologne tomorrow for the Mehl-Mulhens Rennen. Pat Eddery takes over from Kevin Darley for the mile race in which he is joined by Godolphin's Bintang, John Hills's Docksider and Mark Johnston's Princely Heir.
lRichard Dunwoody rode a near 300-1 four-timer at Stratford last night. The former champion jockey was successful on Ashwell Boy (10-11), Fujiyama Crest (4-1), Noble Lord (6-1) and Amlah (100-30).
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