Bosses at Uttoxeter delighted with new padded hurdles

Management at Uttoxeter racecourse say the new padded hurdles have been a success since they were introduced twelve months ago.

It has led to a drop in the number of horses and jockeys being injured.

They were brought in as a trial at the East Staffordshire course to improve safety.

The ‘One Fit’ design is a modified hurdle frame with a custom fitting close-cell foam pad replacing the traditional birch.

The hurdle was developed by the British Horseracing Authority’s Senior Inspector of Courses Richard Linley, in consultation with relevant industry bodies, with the objective of reducing both the faller rate and the risk of injury as the result of a fall.

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