The capital has lengthy been the dream host for City Racing, that’s seeking to rework horse racing with a temporary song for flat racing laid at city centre venues across the globe. City Racing chief government Peter Phillips, grandson of the Queen, is planning to announce the first host town subsequent month, with the United Arab Emirates, Melbourne and Singapore all vying as inaugural hosts. To date, talks have stalled over a London race however the capital’s mayor, Sadiq Khan, is now reputedly keen to get behind the project. And Phillips said: “London has its complexities and a number of different stakeholders to have interaction with and we need to make certain all are on side. We’ll hold that and desire within the near destiny that we’ll come right here. I’d be disillusioned if that’s not within the next couple of years. We just want to get the first race up and jogging.” The beginning of the format lends itself to London after a Global Champions Tour show-jumping occasion become held at Horse Guards Parade in 2014 on the identical artificial floor.
Check event changed into held at Aintree on the cease of final year, modelled at the The Mall and Buckingham Palace and on a 1,000-metre music.
“Obviously, there would be worse locations than that to have it,” added Phillips of The Mall. “But there’s a number of places in London in which it can occur.
“We’d adore it to be in London. All I’d say is we will by no means forestall speak with that metropolis to discover possibilities moving forward. So a long way, London hasn’t match but we’re exploring every street.”
Phillips is hopeful that his cause might be helped by means of Formula E’s statement remaining week that it become returning to London in 2020 with a race at Docklands. The preceding venue at Battersea Park turned into scrapped after 2016 because of lawsuits by way of close by residents. Following ultimate week’s decision, Phillips said: “It can most effective be a very good issue that Formula E is coming [back] to London. It offers all people an expanded level of pleasure and expectation. I recognise Formula E’s been running on that for multiple years considering that leaving Battersea. Hopefully, with Formula E coming to London, we can follow match.” Khan’s office has given its initial backing to the concept and a spokesperson said: “We are constantly keen to host new and interesting sporting activities within the capital and stand geared up to paintings with the boroughs and the government responsible for dealing with the town’s green areas to take a look at any future plans.”