Soggy Lingfield loses turf races after heavy afternoon showers

SECRET GESTURE -Lingfield 11/5/13

Lingfield: 9.2mm fell at the track on Tuesday

  PICTURE: Mark Cranham (racingpost.com/photos)  

THREE of Lingfield’s four turf races on Tuesday night were abandoned because of patches of false ground.

The track was hit by 9.2mm of rain in the afternoon, which changed the going to good to soft, good in places (from good).

The first race on turf – won by Cotinga – was run, but conditions were assessed after that and the three subsequent races due to be staged on grass were called off.

A note from the stewards at Lingfield read: “The stewards held an inquiry following an inspection which was held as a result of a report from the clerk of the course that there were false and inconsistent patches of soft ground across the track around five and a half furlongs out.

“They interviewed the jockeys, Jim Crowley, Harry Bentley and Kieren Fox, the trainers, Robert Eddery, John Ryan and Christine Dunnett, the clerk of the course, a member of the racecourse executive and the veterinary officer. Having considered their evidence the stewards ordered races two, three and four to be abandoned.”

Fran Berry, who rode Cotinga, said: “My filly appreciated the ease in the ground and travelled fine. Riding her I had no problem, but a couple of the lads thought it was patchy.

“I think when they went down and put the stick in it was going in two or three inches in one spot and six or eight in another, so it was inconsistent.”

Three all-weather contests ended the fixture.

 

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