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Decision on new artificial surface at Dundalk Stadium expected soon

Decision on new artificial surface at Dundalk Stadium expected soon

The board of Dundalk Stadium is expected to decide within the next fortnight as to what artificial surface will replace the current controversial all-weather track.

According to a report in The Irish Times yesterday, it is expected that the new surface at Ireland’s only all-weather racecourse will cost €3 million and won’t be ready until next summer.

The current Polytrack was heavily criticised during the Spring with suggestions the 12-year-old surface had lost its ‘bounce.’

The Irish Racehorse Trainers Association indicated most of its members had lost confidence in it and a 2020 finish date for any work has caused concerns among racing professionals about a potential impact on Dundalk’s extensive winter programme.

Horse Racing Ireland’s chief executive Brian Kavanagh has urged any work to be carried out as soon as possible. Last month he didn’t rule out resurfacing being completed before the end of this year.

Martin Collins Enterprises, which put in the original Polytrack a dozen years ago, is competing with the Tapeta Footings firm for the contract.

Dundalk officials are expected to deliver a presentation on the outcome of the tender process at its next board meeting later this month.

Racing action resumes at Dundalk in September.

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