Maintenance crews at Chantilly Racecourse had their hands full Tuesday morning after it was discovered that several wild boar had gotten onto the property overnight and dug up part of the course.
The Racing Post reports that crews got to work immediately repairing the turf in front of the Grandes Ecuries, “near the halfway mark of the mile and a half course” after finding that boars had dug several holes in that section of the course. Chantilly is scheduled to host several major races Sunday, such as the Group 1 Prix Vermeille and G2 Prix Niel as part of its Arc preview day.
Clerk of the course Matthieu Vincent wanted to reassure horsemen and the public that crews have worked on the racecourse and repaired the damage that had been done.
“I must stress that everything is fine now,” Vincent said. “The problem was near the road crossing along the front of the Grandes Ecuries [Royal Stables] but almost all on the outside, stretching for about 50 meters.”
“As far as the inside line of the track is concerned, near the rail, there were a few minor traces of activity, but it was nothing really. Everything has now been made good.”
Read more in the Racing Post
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