All tagged Artificial Surfaces

The business of All Weather Racing across Europe

While racing on Dirt may have always been the norm in North America, the idea of All Weather racing in Europe, as the name implies, arose from a need to save race meetings otherwise lost to bad weather. A particularly severe winter some 30 years ago saw the loss of 72 days’ National Hunt racing in Britain alone, but despite the obvious premise of switching to artificial surfaces, the first British All Weather racing took place on the Flat at Lingfield Park in 1989 and today All Weather tracks are used for Flat racing, and all year round at that