Secretary of State saves Larkhill racecourse from closure

Larkhill Racecourse has been saved thanks to the intervention of Secretary of State for Defence, Rt Hon Ben Wallace MP.
The historic point-to-point racecourse was due to close next year if an agreement was not reached with the Ministry of Defence which owns the land.

Having stood for 75 years, the course has become a much-loved and integral part of the point-to-point racing season. Racing was due to continue for the 2022/23 season but its future beyond was uncertain.
That was until the Secretary of State for Defence was made aware of the course’s fate and recommended the lease be renewed immediately.
A source told The Daily Telegraph that the minister was very aware of the MODs responsibility as custodians of the land, not only to ensure our forces are well prepared but also so that the communities who have farmed and used the land for centuries can continue to benefit.
Andrew Ritchie, Larkhill Racecourse chairman, said: “We are immensely grateful to the Secretary of State for Defence, Rt Hon Ben Wallace MP, for his intervention to save Larkhill Racecourse by directing that a new lease be renewed with immediate effect.
“We would like to thank all those who have helped to achieve this brilliant result for the local, racing and military communities.”
There was a real fear among race-goers that the entire point-to-point season might fail if Larkhill closed, especially the winter season with the course holding six of the 12 meets.
A further statement will be issued in due course when further details have emerged. Next fixture is The Hursley Hambledon Hunt at on November 27.

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