Hereford racecourse to reopen with four National Hunt meetings in 2016

• ARC reverses 2012 closure in boost to West Country and Wales
• Hereford will stage its first card in almost four years on 6 October

Hereford racecourse, which seemed to have closed its doors for the last time in December 2012, will reopen later this year in a significant boost to National Hunt racing as a whole and jumps stables in the West Country and Wales in particular.

Arena Racing Company (ARC), which owns Hereford, said on Thursday that the track will stage its first card for nearly four years on 6 October, with further meetings to follow on 31 October, 23 November and 19 December. The course will also enter the fixture allocation process for 2017 with the intention of hosting about a dozen meetings each year.

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