Kempton Park, home of the classic King George VI Chase, could be closed for housing redevelopment "from 2021 at the earliest", its owners the Jockey Club announced today.
The planned £500million of investments to be made in the sport in a 10-year plan proposed by the Jockey Club would see Kempton proposed as a future redevelopment site, with a new all-weather venue to be built if that idea goes ahead.
The Jockey Club's land at The Links in Newmarket is favoured as the location for a new artificial track, with the King George moving to Sandown.
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Finian's Oscar provided Colin Tizzard with yet another Grade One by powering away from his rivals to win the 32Red Tolworth Novices' Hurdle at Sandown Park.
Stepping up in class having won on his hurdling debut at Hereford, the result never looked in any doubt.
Sent off the 11-10 favourite, he was steadied into the last by Tom O'Brien but kept up the gallop in testing ground to win by five lengths.
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Joint-owner Sir Alex Ferguson was on hand to witness Nautical Haven break his duck at the third time of asking in the Sky Bet Making Betting Better Median Auction Maiden Stakes at York.
Sir Alex Ferguson collects his prize as part-owner of our first winner at York, Nautical Haven. https://t.co/CJG2hrccs4
A promising sixth on his debut over this course and distance, he was then a little disappointing on his next outing at Chester.
But sent off at 5-1 under Tom Eaves, the Kevin Ryan-trained juvenile blasted out of the stalls and never saw another rival, holding off Storm Cry by three-quarters of a length.
"I'm not sure if he needed a run at Chester or what but we expected a bit more there," said Ferguson, who owns the Harbour Watch colt with Jack Hanson.
"His first run was very good and that's confirmed it. I'm not sure but he could go back to five furlongs looking at that as he had them all off the bridle fairly early."