Preparations on track

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Preparations on the Town Moor track continue ahead of our forthcoming Derby Day double-header on June 3 and 4.

It’s going to be a massive day on the Saturday at Epsom and Doncaster alike and we’re looking forward to welcoming back the Channel 4 cameras for the first time since the William Hill Lincoln.

At that meeting they were here when the track wasn’t as far forward as we would have liked but the grass cover is now superb on the straight course and apart from some small areas on the round course off the racing line, the round course is vastly improved.

When working on the course we always have to take into account the short, medium and long-term objectives for the track.

The short is obviously having the track in its best possible shape for the next fixture while the medium is balancing that with the impact of our actions on the fixtures in the coming months, particularly season highlights like the Ladbrokes St Leger Festival.

The long-term consideration is getting through our full calendar of fixtures ensuring we have the track in the best possible shape throughout, so the ground staff have a juggling act to play at times and the pressure is always on.

Still, it’s something we enjoy and ensuring safe racing ground and putting on a show for the big meet cameras is what it’s all about.

The eyes of the racing world will be very much on Epsom next Saturday to see if the Queen’s horse, Carlton House, can carry her colours to victory. The race will be shown on the screens at Doncaster so that no-one will miss out.

Elsewhere, our thoughts go out to top amateur jockey Isabel Tompsett, and all who know her, as she battles to recover from a serious fall at Fakenham earlier in the week. Everyone is hoping she makes a swift recovery.