Good Meeting At Exeter Off

Thu 20th Dec 2012, 08:10

Ruby Walsh was due to ride at Exeter
©Healy Racing Photos
This afternoon's meeting at Exeter, featuring the rescheduled Peterborough Chase, has been abandoned due to waterlogging.

An 8am inspection was called yesterday by clerk of the course Barry Johnson but incessant overnight heavy rain left him with an easy decision to call the meeting off early.

The course has been hit with 46mm of rain in 24 hours.

"It is still absolutely hammering down and we are due another 10mm before 11am," said Johnson.

"There's no point delaying it, we've got no chance of racing so we may as well call it off now.

"It's so frustrating, it was a good card, especially with the Peterborough Chase which may have only had five runners but it was an interesting race."

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