Racing in Britain hit by floods

Sun 25th Nov 2012, 12:09
Heavy rain is causing major problems for racing in Britain
Heavy rain is causing major problems for racing in Britain
(Healy Racing Photos)
The recent deluge of rain to hit parts of Britain has greatly affected racing cross channel with no meetings on today, and the all-weather fixture at Southwell tomorrow has now been added to the list of abandonments.

Southwell Clerk of the course Roderick Duncan was forced to call an impromptu inspection this morning due to rising levels in several streams around the track.

That check showed parts of the track to be waterlogged and Duncan reports further issues in some of the racecourse buildings.

He said: "We have abandoned - there are some parts of the track that are under four inches of water and there is water in the stable yard and it has started to come into the grandstand.

"There are several streams around the racecourse and one of those has gone over its banks.

"We are going to inspect tomorrow at 8am for Tuesday's meeting, but I have to say I am pessimistic at this stage. More rain is forecast and we will look in the morning."

A number of meetings this coming week are already in doubt due to the inclement weather.

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