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Erosion Control at Newmarket

Newmarket gallopsOne of the twenty four artificially surfaced training gallops at Newmarket was not being utilised to full capacity as it went into a dip that was far too blunt and straight up a steep up hill and over the brow which the yearlings found difficult to train on.

Work began to modify the existing gallop, cutting through the brow of the hill and using the 18,000 cubic metres of removed soil to fill in the dip.

“We usually use the existing topography,” explained Peter Amos, MD of the Jockey Club Estates Ltd., “but this track did not function particularly well and we wanted to create a gallop with much better riding characteristics.” As construction was due to finish in November, it was too late to seed the exposed sides of the new cutting. Even in summer, seeding or conventional turfing would have put the project at risk, in case a flash flood washed the whole lot away.

Newmarket’s choice was over 2,000 square metres of Lindum Grassfelt, Lindum’s unique product for instant and effective erosion control and reinforcement, which was laid on the steep sides of the cutting.

“We decided to use Lindum Grassfelt because once in place it was safe to use the new track. It could cope with the steep inclines and was stable enough to stay put during periods of high rainfall.”