Animal Aid

L'Ancresse Racecourse - not fit for purpose

Posted 6 October 2011

Public Meeting

Date: Thursday 13th October 2011
Time: 7.45pm (duration approx. 1 hour)
Location: La Villette Hotel, St. Martin, Guernsey
Contact: Dene Stansall, Animal Aid: 01724 278 608 / 07780 756 957
Peter Ozanne, Horse Welfare Guernsey: 07781 151751

Animal Aid and Horse Welfare Guernsey are holding a public meeting at La Villette Hotel, St. Martin, Guernsey to challenge the suitability of L’Ancresse Common as a venue for racing events.

Peter Ozanne of Horse Welfare Guernsey will open the meeting and guest speaker Dene Stansall, Horse Racing Consultant for Animal Aid, will offer his opinion on the state of the course and the dangers posed to horses and race goers. This will cover the extreme proximity of spectators to the racing, the layout of the tight track, the problematic racing surface, and the physical effects that this has on horses forced to run under such conditions.

There will be a question and answer session within the hour-long meeting.

Says Animal Aid’s Horse Racing Consultant, Dene Stansall:

'This year's meeting at L’Ancresse was a disaster. The racing surface was dangerous and one horse, Crianza, lost her life as a result. L’Ancresse Commons Council and the Guernsey Race Club have a duty of care to the race horses. It is Animal Aid’s view that the course is dangerous and not fit for purpose.’

More information:

  • For full background and interviews, contact Dene Stansall on 07780 756957 or Peter Ozanne on 07781 151751.

Notes to editors:

  • In 2011, five-year-old mare, Crianza pulled up lame whilst racing at L’Ancresse and was subsequently destroyed. Racing was also abandoned due to the poor state of the ground.
  • Since racing resumed at the course in 2005 - after a 13 year break - the annual meetings have come under increased scrutiny and criticism with regards to public safety and horse welfare.
  • Visit Animal Aid's website for background information on horse racing

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