A new season of horse racing will explode out of the starting stalls at Great Yarmouth this spring.

But months of preparation work are going into the getting the venue ready for the off.

The track’s grass has been nurtured, paintwork freshened, special events organised and detailed safety planning put into place.

It is unseen, unsung, behind-the-scenes work that enables 60,000 racing fans to enjoy 24 days of sport, hospitality and entertainment.

The course is famous for its seaside track with a mile-long straight – which was re-laid three years ago after the 100-year-old surface showed signs of breaking up.

Head groundsman Richard Bradley: “We are on well-drained sandy land but we are at the mercy of the elements – and not just rain. At our seaside location winds can also dry out the track which means we have to irrigate.