I've found this phrase here on a recent BBC report:
"...the mare in the video died after suffering a cardiac arrest on a gallops in April 2016."
The same article has:
"A video on social media shows James mount the animal at a gallops while some present can be heard laughing."
It's a bit of a sad story, but I want to know what "a gallops" is.
Google Ngrams has some indication that it might be a phrase rather than just a typo, and also that it might be rising in popularity.
TheFreeDictionary redirects me to gallop. I know what "a gallop" is. It's the plural noun ("a gallops") that I have never heard used before. It feels like some kind of horse racing meet.
Any formal (or informal) definition that fits this word? Is it short for something?