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Praise for Wolverhampton track

Wolverhampton's Tapeta surface drew more praise when it was trialled ahead of the first meeting back at Dunstall Park next Monday.

Officials from the British Horseracing Authority were present to see the new surface on Sunday, while Stevie Donohoe was one of the jockeys to try it out on Tuesday.

He tweeted: "Just rode work at @WolvesRaces the surface rides really well and horses really let themselves down on it, has a bit of spring in it also."

It was announced at the end of April that Wolverhampton was replacing Polytrack with the synthetic surface invented by former Cheltenham Gold Cup-winning trainer Michael Dickinson.

Kate Hills, director of communications for Wolverhampton's owners Arena Racing Company, said: "It all went really well and they said it's a nice and fair surface.

"As Tapeta is an approved BHA all-weather surface, all we had to do was show them that it has been laid safely and rides well. Everyone's happy and we're looking forward to the first meeting back on August 11."