Newcastle’s organizers, ARENA Racing stated say they still want all-weather racing at Newcastle despite the British Horseracing Authority’s decision against floodlit races in the coming year.
According to the racing rules there must be two races of a mile or more of the minimum aggregate distance of two and a half miles.
Since Newcastle’s current proposal for a converted all-weather track only includes floodlights covering one mile they needed an exception of that rule.
The Horsemen’s group objected at the notion that the track will get an exception from this rule. TheNational Trainers Federation launched an online petition where they opposed the principle of the course converted to a Tapeta surface.
Now, as a result, Newcastle will be ineligible for floodlit races later next year, but the organizers remain confident of racing taking place on an artificial surface the following year.