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Best saddened by Folkestone loss

Fri, 27 July 2012
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Maidstone trainer John Best has expressed his sadness at the news of the loss of Folkestone racecourse, the only one in Kent.

Its future appears to rest on a housing proposal and Best hopes the matter can be resolved so that the track can be reopened in the future.

"They get quite good crowds there, especially for some of the jumps meetings, and the evening meetings during the summer are busy. This news is not good for us and not good for racing in general," said Best.

"It's quite sad they are doing this and hopefully they will resolve the planning permission problem they have been having.

"We will be affected more than most because we would go to Folkestone with quite a lot of horses. A lot of the big trainers use that track and give their two-year-olds a run there before they go elsewhere.

"When you go to Folkestone you always see a lot of regulars. They go week in week out and there are a lot of loyal people who are at the track all the time.

"I should think it will be a huge blow to a lot of them because if they can't go there the next place is probably Lingfield and that is over an hour away.

"When I was point-to-pointing the United Hunts meeting was the real big thing at Folkestone. It was their biggest crowd-puller of the year and would be packed on those days.

"Hopefully they will get it resolved and get it back sooner rather than later."

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