Deadline looms for Musselburgh

Musselburgh Racecourse

Musselburgh's ability to stage race meetings in the near future was in the balance on Thursday with the track's temporary licence due to expire on Friday.

The racecourse is jointly run by three members of the Lothian Racing Syndicate along with four council members who comprise the Musselburgh Joint Racing Committee.

It emerged in April that clashes between members had prompted the BHA to issue only a temporary licence to the end of June, although hopes were raised for progress when former chairman John Caldwell failed to retain his place on East Lothian Council.

Musselburgh cannot stage racing without official endorsement, and the BHA awaits a response from the MJRC, whose new chairman is councillor Willie Innes, to its terms for granting a six-month extension.

BHA spokesman Robin Mounsey said: "We remain in ongoing discussions with the Musselburgh Joint Racing Committee regarding the racecourse's licence.

"The process must be confidential but we are hopeful of achieving a satisfactory and timely resolution."

John Prideaux, representing the LRS, said: "Any uncertainty over the licence is detrimental to the racecourse."

The next meeting at Musselburgh is scheduled for July 14.


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