Horses training on Walton Downs

New Downs Hack Canter in the running…

From 1st October 2022, a new turf Hack Canter on Walton Downs will be provided and maintained for leisure horse riders on Epsom and Walton Downs. This will replace the sand Hack Ride, which will permanently close from this date and be left to return to its natural state. Image © Copyright Hugh Craddock (Horses training on Walton Downs)

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FORMAL NOTICE

OPENING OF HACK CANTER AT EPSOM DOWNS AND CLOSURE OF HACK RIDE


After substantial consultation and discussion between interested parties, from 1 st October 2022, a
new turf Hack Canter on Walton Downs will be provided and maintained for leisure horse riders on
Epsom and Walton Downs. This will replace the sand Hack Ride, which will permanently close from
this date and be left to return to its natural state.
This change has been agreed in the interests of the safety of horses and their riders, and all users of
The Downs. The Hack Canter, which is on grass land previously restricted for use only by Licenced
Racehorse Trainers, will be available for use by leisure riders after noon each day. It may also
continue to be used by Licenced Racehorse Trainers before noon on any day: on such occasions, this
will be agreed and communicated in advance by The Training Grounds Management Board.
The Jockey Club reserves the right to temporarily close part or all of the Hack Canter, as a result of
poor weather and/or unsuitable or unsafe ground conditions, or to facilitate any required
maintenance and major repair works.
The terms of this new arrangement have been approved by The Jockey Club, The Horserace Betting
Levy Board, The Epsom and Walton Downs Conservators, The British Horse Society, and The Epsom
and The Walton Downs Training Grounds Management Board.
Those who wish to comment on this change have 28 days from 22 nd August to do so and all
comments and contributions will be gratefully received . Any correspondence must be sent to
Epsom.reception@thejockeyclub.co.uk by 5.00pm on Monday 19 th September 2022.

The Jockey Club
22 nd August 2022

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