Racing at the coastal track of Cagnes-sur-Mer in the South of France is all set to resume later this week (Saturday 16th Jan) on the newly renovated Martin Collins Polytrack when it’s flat racing season runs until 27 February. Polytrack is used by the trotters for training the rest of the year.
The seven year old all weather surface had received criticism from both French and visiting British trainers at the end of the 2015 winter meeting and had been subject to a full review. Both the fibres and binding were found to have deteriorated and remedial work was carried out at a cost of approximately Euros 650,000.
British trainer, Gay Kelleway was one of those who had been keen to see the surface revamped. She was quoted in The Racing Post in November 2015: “I own five horses in training with Marine Henry in France, who will definitely go down there. I’ll go down and have a look before deciding whether to take some from Newmarket. The all-weather is improving here in Britain, while there are more opportunities opening up at Chantilly. But Cagnes is a meeting we’ve done well at in the past.”
The surface refurbishment project was completed last Autumn and involved adding fibre and wax to the existing racecourse material over a three week period, as part of a substantial investment by the racecourse executive and France Galop.
Martin Collins has been innovating in horse racing surfaces and other equestrian surfaces for 35 years and was granted a Royal Warrant of Appointment by HM The Queen in 2007.
There are more Polytrack racecourses around the world than all its commercial all weather surface rivals put together.
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