Jockey Club plans £500,000 of improvements to Newmarket training grounds

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The Jockey Club is planning to plough around £500,000 into improving its racehorse training facilities and help alleviate traffic congestion on Newmarket’s Bury Road.

It has submitted detailed planning proposals for new trotting rings on Side Hill and a 930 metre-long gallop track on Warren Hill.

A report accompanying the planning application said that over the past five years horse numbers using the town’s training grounds had increased from a monthly average of 2,172 horses to 2,529, an increase of more than 16 per cent.

That upward trend was forecast to continue this year .

Jockey Club Estates currently provides public training facilities to 71 trainers . The proposed new trotting rings, which horses use to warm up before exercise, will relieve pressure on the current rings on The Severals.

William Gittus. managing director of Jockey Club Estates, said: “The new rings will be more convenient for the 12 yards in Old Station Road, All Saints Road and at the bottom of Warren Hill. They will be able to use these instead of having to cross the Bury Road and back again which should not only improve traffic flow but also increase safety.”

The new gallop will ease pressure on the two existing all-weather gallops on Warren Hill which are operating at full capacity with the result that the area at the bottom of the gallops gets congested with horses often becoming fractious leading to safety concerns for riders, pedestrian and motorists.