This afternoon’s meeting at Newbury has been abandoned due to a waterlogged track.
An impromptu 8.30am inspection was called just after 6.30am as 12 millimetres of rain had fallen on already soft ground.
However, by 8.15am the decision had already been taken to call the meeting off with no sign of the rain abating and to compound matters strong winds are forecast later in the afternoon.
A tweet from the Newbury Racecourse twitter account read: “RACING ABANDONED. The inspection has been brought forward and the racing has been abandoned. The ground is waterlogged following significant rain overnight, and we are expecting more rain and strong winds throughout the day.”
The highlight of the card was the William Hill Supporting Greatwood Gold Cup Handicap Chase.
Doncaster’s 888Sport Grimthorpe Chase meeting will go ahead as scheduled, however, last year’s winner Chidswell and one of the favourites, Boldmere, are non-runners due to the heavy going.
Sunday’s meeting at Sedgefield must survive a 7am precautionary inspection due to the threat of waterlogging.
The going is currently heavy, soft in places but while rain is forecast officials are “quietly confident” the meeting will survive.