Tapeta Inventor Dickinson Defends Meydan Surface

by | 03.30.2014 | 12:02pm
Michael Dickinson, inventor of Tapeta, on the surface at Meydan.

After Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum publicly criticized Meydan Racecourse's synthetic Tapeta surface last week, its inventor Michael Dickinson comes to its defense.

Sheikh Hamdan, whose Mukhadram finished second behind African Story in the Dubai World Cup, told the Gulf News that some horses don't adjust well to the surface. “It is also inconsistent,” he said. “It's very slow in the morning and faster in the evening.”

Dickinson disagrees. He told the Press Association Sport that the surface has been fair and, above all else, safe for horses and riders. Dickinson called the track “world-class” and said he's gotten positive feedback from horsemen.

“All the jockeys and trainers I've spoken to have been happy with the track,” he said. “Tapeta have had three people helping the ground staff crew prepare for the big night.”

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