Imagine a handful of race meetings every summer in Richmond Park in London or Central Park in New York, writes Geir Stabell, on turf strips that have simply been rented by the racing authorities, to show off the sport to a wider audience. A sort of a science fiction idea, far removed from the realities of horseracing? Not necessarily.
Täby Galopp, the principal of three racecourses in Sweden, sits less than 20km from the centre of the capital Stockholm, and is thus closer to the heart of the nation than most other racecourses in Europe. Still, plans are in motion to move the racecourse. There are both fascinating and interesting plans, based on new ideas, as Täby Galopp's new managing Director Dag Johansson explains: "We may one day have one venue right in the middle of the city, for three to four big events per year, supported by a 'bread and butter' venue further away from the city.
Geir Stabell (European Trainer - issue 29 - Spring 2010)