Residents of Paris – not London – may be the first to witness a truly unique equine sporting event next year, if a proposal to bring 'street racing' ever gets off the ground.
The Racing Post reports that two companies – City Racing and SEL UK – originally presented a proposal to bring horse racing to the streets of London. The groups envision a “global series of street racing events for horses, in which a number of the world's top riders will compete.”
The concept was originally approved by the Westminster Council earlier this year. However, as the Post reports, the council recently reversed its decision, and will not allow the races to be held on Oxford Street as planned.
While the companies are still looking at other areas of London in the hopes of working something out, representatives of France-Galop recently reached out about possibly working with them on a similar idea being floated for Paris and the Champs-Elysees.
In both London and Paris, a “synthetic raceourse on palettes” would be put down for the horses to race upon.
City Racing spokesman Johnno Spence told the Post that he spoke with the France-Galop reps last week saying, “They are very keen to work with us but it's about the devil in the detail. It all ties in well with next year's reopening of Longchamp and it would provide a nice launchpad for them.”
“I'm very hopeful city racing will happen in April or May next year –the question is whether it will be here or abroad.”
Read more in the Racing Post
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