Great Leighs ‘knew why its licence was rejected’

HORSE racing’s governing body has defended itself after refusing to grant a racing licence for the track at Great Leighs.

The British Horseracing Authority had been criticised for not being more forthcoming about the information it needed as part of the licence application.

Paul Struthers, media relations manager for the authority, said while the process required confidentiality, the authority wanted to refute the claims.

He said: “The applicant and the administrator have been provided with our reasons and, even prior to the decision taken, all parties were well aware of what was required.

“There are significant matters that have to be addressed, which were identified and communicated at the end of 2008 and early 2009. This is when the application for a licence by the company, now in administration, was rejected.

“These significant matters continue to apply and any application will need to deal with all matters set out in the application licence form.”

The group of companies which owned the track went into administration in January.

A deal to buy the track has been arranged with a consortium led by Terry Chambers, owner of Ashfields Carriage and Polo Club, in Great Canfield, but still needs to be finalised.

By missing out on the racing licence it is prevented from bidding for fixtures for next year.

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10:24am Fri 5 Jun 09

Old Boy says...

I went passed the side road which leads to Felstead on Sunday. It appears that the stable site is getting over grown. Not sure how the race course side is doing but if it's going the smae way "What a waste". The jockey Club needs to get it's finger out and get tings moving and give us all the pleasure of the "Sport of Kings".
I went passed the side road which leads to Felstead on Sunday. It appears that the stable site is getting over grown. Not sure how the race course side is doing but if it's going the smae way "What a waste". The jockey Club needs to get it's finger out and get tings moving and give us all the pleasure of the "Sport of Kings". Old Boy
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10:24am Fri 5 Jun 09

Old Boy says...

I went passed the side road which leads to Felstead on Sunday. It appears that the stable site is getting over grown. Not sure how the race course side is doing but if it's going the smae way "What a waste". The jockey Club needs to get it's finger out and get tings moving and give us all the pleasure of the "Sport of Kings".
I went passed the side road which leads to Felstead on Sunday. It appears that the stable site is getting over grown. Not sure how the race course side is doing but if it's going the smae way "What a waste". The jockey Club needs to get it's finger out and get tings moving and give us all the pleasure of the "Sport of Kings". Old Boy
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10:24am Fri 5 Jun 09

Old Boy says...

I went passed the side road which leads to Felstead on Sunday. It appears that the stable site is getting over grown. Not sure how the race course side is doing but if it's going the smae way "What a waste". The jockey Club needs to get it's finger out and get tings moving and give us all the pleasure of the "Sport of Kings".
I went passed the side road which leads to Felstead on Sunday. It appears that the stable site is getting over grown. Not sure how the race course side is doing but if it's going the smae way "What a waste". The jockey Club needs to get it's finger out and get tings moving and give us all the pleasure of the "Sport of Kings". Old Boy
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10:24am Fri 5 Jun 09

Old Boy says...

I went passed the side road which leads to Felstead on Sunday. It appears that the stable site is getting over grown. Not sure how the race course side is doing but if it's going the smae way "What a waste". The jockey Club needs to get it's finger out and get tings moving and give us all the pleasure of the "Sport of Kings".
I went passed the side road which leads to Felstead on Sunday. It appears that the stable site is getting over grown. Not sure how the race course side is doing but if it's going the smae way "What a waste". The jockey Club needs to get it's finger out and get tings moving and give us all the pleasure of the "Sport of Kings". Old Boy
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10:24am Fri 5 Jun 09

Old Boy says...

I went passed the side road which leads to Felstead on Sunday. It appears that the stable site is getting over grown. Not sure how the race course side is doing but if it's going the smae way "What a waste". The jockey Club needs to get it's finger out and get tings moving and give us all the pleasure of the "Sport of Kings".
I went passed the side road which leads to Felstead on Sunday. It appears that the stable site is getting over grown. Not sure how the race course side is doing but if it's going the smae way "What a waste". The jockey Club needs to get it's finger out and get tings moving and give us all the pleasure of the "Sport of Kings". Old Boy
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10:25am Fri 5 Jun 09

Old Boy says...

I went passed the side road which leads to Felstead on Sunday. It appears that the stable site is getting over grown. Not sure how the race course side is doing but if it's going the smae way "What a waste". The jockey Club needs to get it's finger out and get tings moving and give us all the pleasure of the "Sport of Kings".
I went passed the side road which leads to Felstead on Sunday. It appears that the stable site is getting over grown. Not sure how the race course side is doing but if it's going the smae way "What a waste". The jockey Club needs to get it's finger out and get tings moving and give us all the pleasure of the "Sport of Kings". Old Boy
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12:55pm Fri 5 Jun 09

tophatdt says...

My Goodness, Old Boy. How many times did you drive past the track? ha ha
My Goodness, Old Boy. How many times did you drive past the track? ha ha tophatdt
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1:12pm Fri 5 Jun 09

springthing says...

This is such a shame, I really hope thaty need some racing locally
This is such a shame, I really hope thaty need some racing locally springthing
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3:14pm Fri 5 Jun 09

Old Boy says...

Sorry about the above. Computer did not react quick enough so I press it again and again.Etc.
Sorry about the above. Computer did not react quick enough so I press it again and again.Etc. Old Boy
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