No Boxing Day horse racing at Towcester from 2015 after seven fixtures sold to make room for greyhound racing

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Towcester Racecourse will no longer have a Boxing Day jump meeting from 2015 after it sold seven of its 17 annual fixtures to make room in the calendar for greyhound races.

A greyhound circuit is currently being built at the venue and it is hoped that 156 fixtures can be held annually after the track opens later this year.

The Racing Post has reported the management of the venue was hoping to maintain its annual horse racing programme of 17 meetings but were made an “offer they couldn’t refuse” to sell to the Arena Racing Company (Arc).

The fixtures involve Saturday and Sunday cards when the horse racing clashed with proposed greyhound races, including the Boxing Day meeting, for which Towcester reportedly paid £450,000 when acquired from Newton Abbot in 2000.

The Boxing Day meeting scheduled for this year will be the last one before the new calendar is put in place for 2015.

The new location of each of the seven fixtures will be considered by the British Horseracing Authority prior to confirmation of the 2015 fixture List.

Kevin Ackerman, Towcester’s chief executive said: “We are pleased to have come to an agreement with Arc which ensures improved prize-money for the seven fixtures they have acquired. The agreement will enable Towcester to further invest in its facilities and infrastructure for the benefit of all our customers.”

Arc managing director Tony Kelly added: “As part of Arc’s continued investment in the race programme across all of its courses we are pleased to have been able to reach this agreement with Towcester Racecourse.

“This agreement ensures these seven fixtures will benefit from a wider geographical spread, particularly in the north, together with increased prize-money. Our focus continues to be on working with the BHA to finalise the 2015 fixture list.”