Waterlogging claims Eider Chase card at Newcastle

Overnight rain takes its toll.

  • Saturday 22 February
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Today’s meeting at Newcastle has been called off due to a waterlogged track.

The fixture, which was due to feature the Vertem Eider Handicap Chase, was subject to an inspection at 8am, but clerk of the course James Armstrong was able to make an earlier call after seven millimetres of rain fell at the track overnight.

The course is reported to be waterlogged, with patches of false ground.

Armstrong tweeted: “Sadly racing has been abandoned due to waterlogging and areas of false ground following 7mm rain overnight.

“Chance of further showers and winds also set to gust upwards of 40mph – gutted to be losing the @vertemam #EiderChaseDay.”

Monday’s meetings at Carlisle and Plumpton are both subject to 8am checks on Sunday.

The Carlisle track is currently reported to be heavy, waterlogged in places and officials will hold an inspection to assess their prospects.

Plumpton’s track is raceable, although heavy, with the check there a precautionary one.

Leicester will also inspect at 7.45am on Sunday ahead of Tuesday’s scheduled meeting. The ground there is waterlogged in places at present.

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