Windsor Racecourse cancel meetings to carry out essential work on track

Tartan Chief. Photo by Sue Orpwood

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Windsor racecourse have cancelled all three meetings they had planned for October.

This has been done in order to give them more time to carry out essential work on the straight part of the track.

In a statement, they said: "It's very important to us to continually invest in and improve our facilities so, with the support of the BHA, we are undergoing vital levelling works to the track. Unfortunately, this means our October fixtures will no longer take place here."

The British Horseracing Authority have already transferred the meetings to other tracks. The Windsor card planned for October 4 will now take place at Lingfield Park on the all-weather track, while those on the 11th and 18th will now go ahead at Wolverhampton and Bath respectively.

The Thames-side track's final meeting this year took place last Tuesday (September 7) and it saw two jockeys - Cieren Fallon and Martin Dwyer - each recorded a double.

Riding for Paul and Oliver Cole on both occasions, young Fallon won the Gallagher Group Nursery Handicap on 3/1 shot Tartan Chief and followed up on Quemonda (5/1) in the final event.

Dwyer's double came courtesy of the Brian Meehan-trained Locke (11/4) and 22/1 outsider Liberated Lad from Ian Williams' yard.

Just That Lord (15/2), with William Carver riding for Simon Hodgson, won the Cappagh Supporting The Forgotten Irish Handicap in his first race since July last year.

Windsor plan to resume their fixtures next April.

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