Huntingdon off as course starts to flood

Water levels rose quickly after overnight rain.

  • Friday 10 January
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Huntingdon’s meeting was called off as areas of the racecourse began to flood in the hour before the scheduled first race on Friday’s card.

There appeared to be no alarm until just before 10am, when the first inspection was called for 11am, with officials noticing the surrounding waterways were rising and there was a possibility of them breaching the racing surface.

After the first inspection, a second was called for 12 noon – but before then, water was flooding into areas which made the racecourse unsafe, and the decision was taken to call the meeting off.

The card was due to feature an interesting renewal of the Chatteris Fen Juvenile Hurdle, with Gary Moore’s Goshen hoping to book his Triumph Hurdle ticket.

Clerk of the course Jack Pryor said: “We had eight millimetres of rain overnight and when I walked the track first thing, there were no concerns.

“Subsequently the brooks began to rise and we are on a flood plain – unfortunately they’ve trickled towards the racecourse.

“We first noticed there might be a problem around 9.15am and have monitored the situation since then, inspecting at 11am and at the time it wasn’t on the track.

“However, it was continuing to flow and it just kept on rising, so from a public safety point of view we’ve had to abandon.

“Frustratingly the course is raceable, but later on this afternoon it might not be.”

Huntingdon off as course starts to flood
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