Polytrack Is The Sponsor Of A New All-Weather Challenge In France

Martin Collins, the manufacturer of Polytrack (PSF) all-weather racing surfaces from the Martin Collins Group, has been named the new sponsor of the "Polytrack Challenge" for a period of three years until 2026, France Galop announced on Thursday. Held on fibresand, the "Polytrack Challenge" was presented by France Galop and the Cote d'Azur Racing Association on Oct. 10. The first even in the contest is scheduled for Deauville Racecourse on Sunday, Nov. 5. The two finals in the Intermediate/Classic category and the Speed/Mile category will beheld on Jan. 27 and...

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Ajay Anne Appointed MD of Eurofip International 

Ajay Anne has taken on a new role as the managing director of German-based Eurofip International, better known in the racing world as the owner of Martin Collins Enterprises, which produces the Polytrack all-weather surface. Anne will also continue to run his own New Approach Bloodstock business.  Owned by the Mulliez family's Altya Investments, Eurofip International is based out of Equss Castle, near Cologne. Anne, a graduate of the 2006 Godolphin Flying Start course, will remain in Dubai, where he has been based since the completion of a four-year stint...

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Newcastle New Host of All-Weather Championships in 2022

The All-Weather Championships Finals Day will be held at Newcastle for the first time on Good Friday, Apr. 15, 2022. Started by the Arena Racing Company in 2013, the All-Weather Championships are now in its ninth season which begins on Tuesday, Oct. 19. There are six All-Weather Championships races, and the Listed Coral Burradon S. carded for Good Friday with total prizemoney on offer over £1 million. Lingfield, which previously hosted the meeting, will instead hold the new £395,000 All-Weather Vase that same day. The All-Weather Vase card, featuring six...

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WVRC Chair Wants Charles Town to Switch to Synthetic

Although he stopped short of saying that a surface change at Charles Town Races might soon be mandated by state racing regulators, West Virginia Racing Commission (WVRC) chairman Ken Lowe Jr. made it clear during Tuesday's meeting that he will be advocating for a synthetic surface to replace the traditional dirt that comprises the track's six-furlong oval. Lowe's Apr. 20 comments came against the backdrop of 11 equine fatalities at Charles Town so far in 2021. The track is closed for racing Wednesday through Saturday this week to perform maintenance...

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Lingfield Park Gains Bath Fixture

Bath's June 11th fixture has been transferred to Lingfield Park, the British Horseracing Authority announced on Thursday. The move is due to the recent sustained dry weather and the fact that Bath cannot have an irrigation system. Originally an evening fixture, the eight-race card will remain in that time slot and be conducted over the all-weather track. The race programme will be equivalent to the original Bath card and full details are available at www.racingadmin.co.uk. "Since the publication of the new fixture list, we simply haven't seen the rainfall at...

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