Mark Nunan

Mark Nunan

Clonmel chase track unraceable in parts

Mon 24th Feb 2020, 10:34

Clonmel racecourse
© Photo Healy Racing
The highlight of the National Hunt season, the Cheltenham Festival, starts two weeks from tomorrow but, in the meantime, the very wet spell of weather continues to cause problems for racetracks on both sides of the Irish Sea.

The IHRB has tweeted this morning that some parts of the chase track at Clonmel are currently unfit for racing.

The course was hit by a further 17mm of rain overnight and the forecast is for cold and unsettled weather to continue.

There will be a further update on Tuesday morning with regard to Thurday’s meeting at the venue, and of course there is also a meeting rescheduled for Clonmel on Wednesday week, March 4th, to replace a the meeting cancelled on February 13th.

There is no jump racing today, with Fairyhouse, Carlisle and Plumpton all off due to unraceable ground. Leicester on Tuesday is already off, and the meeting at Catterick is in some doubt as well with a covering of snow on the track at present.

All-weather Flat meetings at Southwell and Chelmsford provide today’s action, with racing on the Polytrack at Lingfield tomorrow afternoon.

THE IRISH TIMES