Speedway: Bid claim denied by club promoter

PUBLISHED: 10:28 02 February 2006 | UPDATED: 11:28 04 May 2010

MILDENHALL promoter Mick Horton has taken time out of the club s busy pre-season preparations to categorically refute a report that alleged he had made a bid for the promoting licence of Weymouth Speedway. Supporters of the Fen Tigers were shocked to rea

MILDENHALL promoter Mick Horton has taken time out of the club's busy pre-season preparations to categorically refute a report that alleged he had made a bid for the promoting licence of Weymouth Speedway.

Supporters of the Fen Tigers were shocked to read in an article, by the Dorset Echo's Paul Baker last Tuesday, that Horton had made a bid for the licence that is up for grabs now that former Wildcats promoter Brian White has been evicted by the Wessex Stadium landlords, Weymouth Football Club.

Phil Bartlett, who co-promoted the Wildcats with White in 2005, is on the verge of purchasing the licence with an increased offer over his original bid and was quoted as saying: "Since my first offer, a couple of other bidders have joined in, one of whom I understand was Mildenhall promoter Mick Horton."

Whilst Horton had been in contact with White about the licence, he had done so on behalf of a third party and admits it would be "suicidal" to take on the Dorset club or any other as he is fully committed to making Mildenhall a force in the Premier League.

"There is no truth at all that I am interested in purchasing Weymouth," said a defiant Horton. "I was mediating for an investor who was interested in the licence and asked me to converse with Brian as I have had close contacts with him last year during the Conference League season.

"We have got a big enough job on our hands at West Row and I am fully committed to the club. It would be suicidal thinking about buying another team."

With that matter cleared up, Horton was delighted to confirm the club has reached an agreement to stage a home and away challenge with Elite League neighbours Ipswich for the Suffolk Cup in March.

n Mildenhall were forced to postpone the scheduled practice session at West Row on Saturday due to the recent wintry weather but aim to restage it soon, with a date to be confirmed.

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