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All set for Epsom Derby tomorrow
03/06/2016 15:40:51

The 2016 Investec  Derby takes place at Epsom tomorrow where Martin Collins have been hard at work in recent months on surface refurbishments and improvements to the gallops at this historic training centre.

A very competitive field is set to contest the big race with Aidan O'Brien training as many as five of the 16 runners declared,  as he seeks a fourth win in the Epsom Classic in five years.  Aidan O'Brien, who won the Derby for three years in succession between 2012 and 2014, saw his stranglehold on the race broken by John Gosden's Golden Horn last year, and the Newmarket trainer is responsible for a leading fancy this year in the shape of Dante Stakes winner Wings Of Desire.

Two of the other runners are trained at home on Martin Collins private gallops surfaces – the Owen Burrows trained Massaat and the Richard Hannon runner, Humphrey Bogart.

The remainder of the field will also be using the Martin Collins gallops surfaces in Newmarket and Ireland.

Gallops surface refurbishments at Epsom

Martin Collins have just finished the extension and refurbishment of the existing 5 furlong Polytrack gallop at Epsom, with the construction of a new 290m extension at the start of the old gallop and refurbishment  of the whole Polytrack.

This has provide Epsom trainers with a longer and improved surface which will suit both the training of flat and National Hunt horses and the new lay out has already been very well received by all users.

Benefits of the Polytrack racing surface

Polytrack® is used on training gallops, studs and racecourses worldwide who appreciate the benefits it brings:

  • With the cushioning effect  of this wax coated surface providing a secure footing and reducing injury risks
  • A dust free surface where  no irrigation system is required and which has excellent climatic tolerance

No two Polytrack horse racing surfaces are exactly the same. This is because each is specifically designed for the climate in which it is located and the level of use. They have proven to perform consistently throughout the extreme variance in temperature. Each and every mix is manufactured to the same specification and therefore the material is consistent throughout, limiting the risk of injury to the working horse in the process.

Developing racing worldwide

Martin Collins are proud to be involved in the preparation of this year’s Derby runners and its long term involvement in the development of racing globally. There are more Martin Collins Polytrack racecourses around the world than all our commercial all weather surface rivals put together.

To find out more about our full range of horse racing surfaces contact us now for further advice and information.  


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