Wexford to race in a different direction in 2015 in a trial under the rules.

They just might be swinging to the left in 2015!

Wexford Racecourse will, after much chat and discussion, trial a race meeting at Bettyville going left handed.

Racecourse Manager, Michael Murphy confirmed during the week that agreement had been reached, ” To trial the new course under rules on St Patricks Day 2015.”

Confirming that the last test gallops had been carried out at the track on the 29th of October Murphy added ” We were very pleased with the day, Horse Racing Ireland and the Turf Club have agreed in principle with the proposed change at the track and we just have to ensure that the integrity services, including betting, television, photo finishes etc are all 100%”

Continuing Murphy added “The race meeting next St Patricks Day at Wexford will be a trial under rules with horses racing left handed and finishing in or around the sand road just beyond the old stand. Temporary fixtures and services will be in place for the day”

Concluding Wexford Racecourse Manager added “We are very pleased, this proposal has been much talked about , even since the early days at the track. Following recent advances and improvements at the track, we have moved from a 46 acre site to now covering in excess of 100 acres and have a 1 mile 3 furlong race track. We would hope that this trial if successful will see it becoming a permanent fixture”

Val O’Connell and some senior jockeys were seen walking the track on the October Bank Holiday Monday with Racecourse Management confirming the decision to stage the gallops.

Two gallops were staged during the test on Wednesday the 28th with fences placed in potential new positions, seeing a 2 mile,14 runner chase and an 11 runner bumper in addition to a number of shorter gallops being staged.

With many well known faces in attendance including Liz Doyle, Colm Murphy, Brian O’Connell amongst others the it looks like the positive vibes that came out of the morning will see a new direction for the track.

With racing now a worldwide sport due to television and other technologies, betting on race meetings at the track in the South East have been recorded as far afield as Asia the Racing Authorities will be keen to ensure that all arrangements will be in place so that the trial day under rules is properly refereed.




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