It’s all change at Plumpton – both on and off the racecourse

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As Plumpton prepares to start their new season a week on Sunday, the initiatives and investment in the racecourse towards further improving the quality of racing and the overall experience of its growing race day audience continued this week when the course executive unveiled more than £200,000 worth of developments to the course facilities.

An impressive new main entrance will welcome racegoers to the course and alterations to the paddock along with the resiting of the winners enclosure have significantly improved the viewing capacity and comfort for both public and professionals alike.

Current Plumpton Chief Executive Claire Sheppard has overseen many developments to the racecourse in her five-year tenure and she spoke of her delight at the improvements made to the course over the summer.

“The Directors and Executive are channelling major new investment at Plumpton that will impact on facilities and enhance the race day experience of our customers.

“Plumpton is already famous for its viewing and course ambience.

“The improvements to the parade ring take this to the next stage by offering racegoers much better access to two of the key race day moments: the parading of horses before the race and celebration of the winners afterwards.”

The new parade ring and winners enclosure are being sponsored by racing broadcasters At The Races.

Their Chief Executive Matthew Imi said: “Plumpton Racecourse is at the heart of grass roots jump racing in this country and is recognised for providing the racegoer with an exceptional experience and real proximity to the action.

“ATR is delighted to support this new development as part of our racecourse support programme. It’s further testament to the way Plumpton and its board of directors keep the racecourse’s many loyal race goers at the top of their agenda.”

Last season saw the level of entries for races at Plumpton rise significantly after the course was able to secure an increase of 37 per cent to its prize money pool and leading trainers will be further encouraged to send their horses to the track after it was also announced this week that £30,000 had been spent on new course drainage to improve the quality of the racing surface.

This past year has seen Plumpton take some significant steps forward and highlighted it as one of the most forward thinking racecourses in the UK.

Sheppard has had a key role to play in these advancements and many will be disappointed to lose her influence when she steps down from her position at the end of October.

However, Michael Moloney has been promoted from within the team at Plumpton and his lifelong association with racing makes him an ideal choice to continue the momentum.

Michael said “As a racing fan from an Irish family with a long history in racing, I am thrilled to take on this role.

“The Directors and Claire have provided the highest level of service to both racegoers and racing professionals alike and the Directors and I will continue to build on this superb tradition in the future.”

JASON HALL