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Huntingdon forced to abandon Friday card due to flooding | Racing News

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Friday’s assembly at Huntingdon is the newest fixture to fall foul of the climate due to waterlogging.

The Alconbury brook which borders the course has burst its banks. A precautionary inspection for 4pm on Thursday was initially referred to as simply earlier than 8am, however not lengthy after 11am it turned obvious racing wouldn’t be attainable.

Clerk of the course Jack Pryor mentioned: “Unfortunately the brook has burst its banks and as a result the meeting cannot go ahead as the course is flooded.

“The brook bursting is kind of a daily prevalence as we’re on a flood plain.”

Pryor can also be clerk of the course at Market Rasen, who’re due to race on Saturday and as but no issues are anticipated.

“It’s not too bad there. I’ve called it soft, heavy in places this (Thursday) morning, but rain is forecast so it could deteriorate a little bit,” mentioned Pryor.

“At the minute we’ve no concerns.”

Thursday’s North Yorkshire Grand National assembly at Catterick had to be deserted due to snow.

Officials referred to as a precautionary inspection for 7.30am due to the specter of snow in a single day, and clerk of the course Fiona Needham arrived to a wintry scene.

With snow persevering with to fall, Needham had no possibility however to name off proceedings at round 6.30am.

She mentioned: “The snow came in the small hours, I think. We had a covering when I got here just after 5.30am and I was thinking ‘if this turned to sleet, it might go’. Unfortunately, as I went to walk the course, the snow just got heavier and heavier.

“It turned apparent the snow wasn’t going wherever. It’s disappointing, however it’s what it’s.”

The are no worries at Warwick ahead of the Classic Chase meeting on Saturday.

Clerk of the course Jane Hedley said: “Based on the present forecast we have no considerations.

“We’re soft heavy in places at the minute and we’re expecting a bit more rain or maybe sleet, but nothing that should lie – we don’t think.

“Friday is dry, however we’re due some rain on raceday, which is annoying greater than something so there’s each probability we may have heavy floor. But it is not forecast in volumes that concern us.”

Lingfield’s National Hunt assembly on Monday has been referred to as off following a Thursday inspection.

The scenario was bleaker nonetheless forward of Newcastle’s assembly on January 20, the place the course was partially frozen, waterlogged and underneath snow. A midday inspection was referred to as, with the inevitable end result confirmed shortly afterwards.

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