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A CLOUDY OUTLOOK FOR MUSSELBURGH; BHA pulls track's licence.

Byline: GARRY OWEN racing@dailyrecord.co.uk

MUSSELBURGH is facing an uncertain future after the track's racecourse license was removed by the BHA.

The Lothian venue has been upwardly mobile in recent years but a bitter dispute between members of the Musselburgh Joint Racing Committee has placed the track's viability in jeopardy.

Racing's rulers have now allowed the course's temporary licence to lapse after the committee's public and private sector factions were unable to put aside their differences by yesterday afternoon.

Talks between the MJRC and BHA over a possible resumption are still in progress but the track's next fixture on Friday, July 14 is in doubt unless licensing conditions are met over the next few days.

MJRC's new chairman Councillor Willie Innes said: "The MJRC has responded to the BHA timeously and is continuing to engage with the BHA to progress matters positively and constructively.

"The MJRC is determined to secure the future of racing at Musselburgh."

The track's chief executive Bill Farnsworth added: "We hope that all parties involved in this situation will put the interests of Musselburgh Racecourse first and come to a satisfactory agreement which allows racing to continue at Musselburgh."

CHELSEA LAD (3.40) ran a blinder to finish second at York last month and Martyn Meade's colt can go one better at Windsor tomorrow.

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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Jul 1, 2017
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