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Refurbishment heralds end to tradition of walking horses through the streets.

THE tradition of walking horses through the streets of Chester to the racecourse will end when the track begins a pounds 30 million refurbishment in the autumn of 2002, writes David Yates.

Horses running at Chester currently make the journey from the historic Stanley Place stables, but the racecourse executive are planning a stabling block on the track site as part of the development, which will also include a new grandstand and a five-star hotel.

Richard Thomas, Chester's chief executive, said yesterday: "We want to make Chester racecourse the centre of the leisure industry in Chester, with a new grandstand, conference centre and a five-star hotel. Nowhere in Chester seats more than 350 people and we want to seat 500.

"Work will begin in September 2002, so we still have one more Chester May meeting of walking the horses. The tradition of bringing the horses through the streets from Stanley Place is very quaint, but we are going to bring them closer and it brings us up to date with health and safety.

"There will also be a budget hotel to improve the standard of accommodation for stable staff. We are going to have a meeting in two weeks' time to finalise plans."
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Title Annotation:Sports
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:May 10, 2001
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