Market Rasen On

Thu 22nd Nov 2012, 08:28

Changing Times runs at Market Rasen today
©Healy Racing Photos
Market Rasen's fixture this afternoon has survived an early-morning precautionary inspection.

The Lincolnshire circuit had to assess conditions in light of a forecast for further showers.

A dry night, however, ensured the meeting was given the thumbs-up before the proposed 8am inspection.

The going is soft.

However, Thurles has been cancelled due to a waterlogged track.

The Irish venue was found to have been waterlogged following 23 millimetres of overnight rain.

An Irish Turf Club press release read: "The course was found to be waterlogged when inspected this morning."

GRAND NATIONAL - The Northern Challenge

The Sue Smith-trained Auroras Encore was the last northern-trained horse to win the Grand National back in 2013 but recent victories for that part of the country have been thin on the ground since the likes of Lucius, Rubstic and Hallo Dandy in the late 70s early 80’s showed that steeplechasing was in a healthy state north of the Watford Gap with the likes of Gordon W Richards, Denys Smith, Arthur Stephenson, Peter Easterby and Jimmy Fitzgerald capable of holding their own against their southern and Irish counterparts.

THE IRISH TIMES