Going to the dogs: Horses and greyhounds at the same racecourse

Towcester racecourse will now hold greyhound racing as well as horse racing Credit: ITV News Anglia

Towcester Racecourse held its first horse race nearly one hundred years ago but is now about to embark on a new era.

The Northamptonshire course has invested nearly £2 million in a new track which for the first time puts horse racing and greyhound racing on the same site.

"It's certainly a proud moment in Towcester's history, it's been a long time coming but we're finally here this has probably been in inception for about four and a half years now but it's great to finally see greyhounds at the track."

KEVIN ACKERMAN, Towcester Racecourse
Towcester will be the first greyhound track in the UK for 19 years Credit: ITV News Anglia

It's the first time a horse racing course has expanded into greyhound racing and it's the first time a greyhound racing track has been built in the UK for 19 years.

Towcester says its aim is to make it the Ascot of the greyhound racing world.

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The first greyhound race meeting will take place on Saturday 6 December making history and marking a new era for the Northamptonshire.