Horseracing in Turkmenistan is reported to be attracting huge weekend crowds to the Turkmen capital’s opulent hippodrome which was completed in 2011 at a cost of $100m to showcase the country’s venerated breed of horse - the Akhal-Teke - and Martin Collins have recently installed two Polytracks there.
Racegoers enter the racecourse through a grand entrance adorned with a large portrait of strongman president Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov astride a horse and the leader’s love of horses has been widely trumpeted by Turkmensitan state media. So much so that, in April 2015, the leader awarded himself the honorific title of “People’s Horse Breeder”. Gurbanguly is also the author of a popular tribute to the breed, Akhal-Teke: Our Pride and Glory.
As the country gained its independence in 1991, the horse was raised to the status of a national symbol and was incorporated into the state coat of arms. In 2013, Berdymukhamedov said: “Our country is moving forward with the speed of an Akhal-Teke stallion and I call on you all to move forward and only forward.”
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Polytrack® is used on training gallops, studs and racecourses worldwide, including sites at Newmarket, Epsom, North Yorkshire, Chantilly, Maisons-Laffitte and Keeneland; as well as Lingfield Park, Wolverhampton, Turfway and Keenland Racetracks.
Other more recent installations include the prestigious Chantilly racetrack in France, Istanbul's Velifendi racetrack and the first floodlit synthetic surface in France at Marseille Vivaux.
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