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Scotland may lose one of its five racecourses

Scotland may lose one of its five racecoursesJust 10 days after winning a first Aintree Grand National in nearly 40 years with One For Arthur, Scottish racing could lose one of its five racecourses. The track at Musselburgh is only operating on a temporary licence from the British Horseracing Authority (BHA), which has expressed dissatisfaction with the course's "governance". The sport's regulator will not give exact details of its concerns, however sources have said it is awaiting required business and budget plans.
Although there is no suggestion forced closure is imminent, it is unclear how long the regulator is prepared to wait. It also unclear what will happen if the matter is not resolved when the temporary three-month licence - the second to be issued - expires on 30 June.
Without official endorsement from the BHA, Musselburgh, which hosts horseracing in Scotland alongside Ayr, Hamilton, Kelso and Perth, could be forced to close.
Managers, who run the course with members of East Lothian Council as the Musselburgh Joint Racing Committee (MJRC), say there has been a breakdown in relations with the councillors who hold a majority on the committee.


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