Naas Cancelled

Sun 10th Feb 2013, 07:37

Naas racecourse
©Healy Racing Photos
Today's meeting at Naas has been cancelled after an inspection this morning.

The course was found to be unfit for racing after heavy overnight rain left the track waterlogged.

"Parts of the track are waterlogged. It's raining now and there's no chance of the meeting going ahead," said Turf Club press officer Cliff Noone.

The card was set to feature the Opera Hat Novice Chase in which Mikael D'Haguenet was a short priced favourite.

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.

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