Swindon have confirmed that their new circuit will have a 420 metre circumference with a standard distance of 476 metres writes Floyd Amphlett.

The new circuit is 32 metres shorter than the current oval but making it virtually identical to Monmore. Although there will be a 229 metre sprint distance registered for trials, it will not be used for races. The staying trip will be 649 metres.

Interestingly, a new distance of 514 metres has been introduced in the short term. It will incorporate the new swing-on traps which will eventually become the 476m boxes, but on the existing bigger circuit. There are 514m opens planned for the Produce Stakes semi final and final night.

No date has been given for the track to shut down and transfer to the smaller circuit though it will almost certainly take place in August. The shut-down is likely to last a week with every local runner being required to trial over the new course.