The Long, Mandown Gallops

31 July 2012

Having just finished installing a new gallop surface for William Fox-Pitt, it was with great pleasure that we saw ‘The Long’, a nine furlong gallop on Lambourn Downs, re-opened on Monday 23rd April. The works, carried out by MCE commenced in the snow in February, and involved the refurbishment of the existing base, installation of French drains, creation of a new turf edge, together with the addition of two new access points.

mandown gallops polytrackJockey Club Estates chose New Generation Polytrack for the surface, which has been used with great success at Dundalk and Great Leighs racetracks and all involved are delighted with the improvements made to this busy installation.

The first horses on the gallop were from William Muir’s yard, followed quickly by a string from Brendon Powell. Early reports show that it has been well received and will be a great asset to Mandown and all the trainers using it. Martin Collins Racing Sales Manager, Jean-René Auvray rode the gallop on a horse kindly loaned by Matthew Salaman and will continue to monitor the ride of the gallop periodically.

Will Riggall, Jockey Club Estates’ Operation Manager in Lambourn, said: "This Polytrack is intended primarily for flat horses. I expect it will take a little while to bed in, and for trainers and riders to get accustomed to it."

He added: "Underneath we've installed a completely new drainage system with a porous tarmac separation layer. Newmarket's John Taylor has been our consultant and was very helpful every step of the way. We've not wasted the Eurotrack as that was gathered up and is being used to resurface the walk-back walkways."

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