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Meydan to abandon all-weather surface in favour of dirt

Updated: Wednesday, 14 May 2014 19:24 | Comments

Dirt surfaces produce higher fatality and injury rates than either turf or all-weather surfaces
Dirt surfaces produce higher fatality and injury rates than either turf or all-weather surfaces

The Tapeta track at Meydan racecourse will be replaced by dirt for the start of next season.

Tapeta, the brainchild of former trainer Michael Dickinson, has been the artificial surface in place since racing began at Meydan four years ago.

However, dirt was previously used at Dubai's former flagship racecourse, Nad Al Sheba, and Meydan's board of directors have decided to switch back ahead of next year's Dubai Carnival.

Saeed H. Al Tayer, chairman and chief executive officer of the Meydan Group, said: "This is a decision that will be best for the future of Meydan racing and the Dubai World Cup Carnival.

"In the coming year we will celebrate the 20th running of the Dubai World Cup and the track will be the natural surface that proved so successful during the first 14 years of this magnificent race day."

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