Leighs in Race to Avoid Public Humiliation; Course for Concern: Great Leighs Must Pass an Inspection

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Leighs in Race to Avoid Public Humiliation; Course for Concern: Great Leighs Must Pass an Inspection


Byline: MARCUS TOWNEND, MARK JEFFREYS

GREAT LEIGHS were last night racing against time to stage their firstpublic meeting this afternoon after the British Horseracing Authority called a9am inspection.

It followed a visit to the track yesterday where it was found that work toupgrade access for emergency vehicles had not been carried out.

Great Leighs, whose first six meetings since April 20 had a restrictedcapacity, were working through the night to meet the BHA's requirements. Ifthey fail then today's and tomorrow's meetings could be called off.

Paul Struthers, the BHA spokesman, said: 'When we issued Great Leighs withtheir licence before their first meeting on April 20, there were conditionsattached, which meant there was further work that needed to be completed beforetheir meeting on May 28.' Struthers said Nicky Carlisle, the BHA's inspector ofcourses, visited the track last Friday to check on work to improve access foremergency vehicles and the judge's tower..

He added: 'It was not as good as we had hoped. We were assured, and it wasperfectly feasible, that the work would be completed over the weekend.

'Nicky went there again today and the work has still not been completed. We arenow assured it will be completed by tomorrow morning.

This is why the inspection has been called as we don't want to unnecessarilyabandon a meeting. …

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