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New greyhound track plans for Towcester race course
Greyhounds racing.
If plans go ahead the track will be the only one in the county

Towcester Racecourse is drawing up plans to build a greyhound track at its venue.

The track which is normally known for horse racing is putting together a planning application with South Northamptonshire Council.

If the plans go through Towcester will have the only greyhound track in Northamptonshire.

The group is looking to invest around £750,000 to get new technology and build the additional track.

General Manager for the racecourse Kevin Ackerman believes a track would enhance the local entertainment scene.

He said: "I think there is definitely a market for dog racing here. The aim would be to offer something very special to the people of Northants."

One of the reasons for the expansion is to help Towcester adapt to the economic situation as well as provide something else for Towcester. The racecourse already provides a venue for wedding receptions and conferences.

The manin stand at Towcester.
The track could be in front of the Empress stand.

"The horse racing industry is changing year by year in the way that it is being funded and we felt as a venue that we need to diversify," said Kevin

The horse racing calendar at Towcester takes place between October and May and they host National Hunt races.

Towcester Racecourse Company was formed by Lord Hesketh who put the track on his estate in East Neston. The first meeting took place in 1928.

If everything goes through then there could be a track in place by the end of 2011.

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