Greyhounds set to race at same venue as horses for first time

Greyhound racing makes its competitive debut at Towcester on Saturday night
Greyhound racing makes its competitive debut at Towcester on Saturday night

Sporting history will be made tomorrow when greyhounds race at Towcester Racecourse for the first time.

Horses have raced there since 1876 but horse and greyhound racing has never taken place at the same venue in the UK.

The £1.8 million greyhound circuit is the first to open in the UK for 19 years and the first dogs will fly out of the traps at 7.40pm.

Kevin Ackerman, chief executive of Towcester Racecourse, said: “It’s a very exciting time. It’s been years in the planning and six months of building.

“Now we are moments away from the first competitive race on the track. I can’t wait to see a full house raising the roof as the greyhounds come out of the traps.”

Time trials have been taking place under the state-of-the-art LED floodlighting which were installed this week.

The only other sports venue in the country with such lighting is Stamford Bridge – home of Chelsea Football Club.

Greyhound racing will take place every Friday and Saturday night throughout the year with free admission. The track is the latest stage of a £12 million investment bat the racecourse.