Belstane trainer Keith Dalgleish backs a permanent racetrack in Clydesdale

All smiles...Keith Dalgleish and his Belstane Stables team
All smiles...Keith Dalgleish and his Belstane Stables team

ACE Carluke horse trainer Keith Dalgleish would support any plans for a permanent racetrack being established at Overton Farm in Crossford.

ACE Carluke horse trainer Keith Dalgleish would support any plans for a permanent racetrack being established at Overton Farm in Crossford.

Dalgleish (30), who trained a Scottish record of over 60 flat race winners last year, reckons having the track open throughout the winter – rather than the current arrangement of two meetings every February and March – would be “a great idea”.

He said: “It is a great location at Overton; nice and flat and nine furlongs.

“It would be ideal if we had a racetrack close at hand, because travelling down to England to places like the all-weather at Wolverhampton is a long trek for us.

“I’ve been to a couple of the point to point meetings at Overton Farm and they were very enjoyable with good ground for racing.”

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