Bangor: follows tracks in Ireland by staging schooling racedays
PICTURE: David Dew
BANGOR has announced it will stage a schooling raceday on October 21 after receiving a high level of requests for such an initiative from trainers and owners.
The raceday’s aim is to educate young horses in a safe and controlled environment and the course will provide hurdle and bumper contests over two miles on the inside track, which is not used for racing fixtures.
It will be open to licensed trainers and jockeys and follows the example set by a number of racecourses in Ireland, including Tipperary and Fairyhouse.
Irish champion trainer Willie Mullins said: “Schooling days are a great success in Ireland and I find them to be a great way for horses to gain experience and bring them on.
“I have taken many talented horses to schooling days in the past and I’m sure they will do well at Bangor.”
The track’s clerk of the course Andrew Morris said: “We’re in continuous dialogue with owners and trainers and the overwhelming majority have asked if we would consider holding events of this type and we hope they will grow to become regular occurrences in the calendar.”
Donald McCain and Jonjo O’Neill, two of the leading trainers at the course, have given their backing to the concept.
McCain said: “At a time when many racecourses are intent on promoting Flat racing, what Bangor is doing is a breath of fresh air.
“It will be a big help as horses can gain racecourse experience before their racing debuts and hopefully other tracks will follow the example.”
O’Neill, who signalled his intention to send horses to the day, added: “I think it’s a great idea and gives young horses the opportunity to gain valuable experience in a racecourse environment, something they can’t gain while schooling at home.”
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