Stratford falls to waterlogging as Wetherby inspects

Raining At Ascot

Heavy rain has struck several tracks overnight

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SUNDAY’s meeting at Stratford has been cancelled after heavy rain left the course waterlogged in places.

An inspection took place at 7.30am on Saturday morning and the decision to cancel racing was announced shortly after.

A ground update from Stratford read: “We have had 25mm earlier in the week and 10mm overnight. It is currently snowing and not forecast to stop until 10am. The course is unfortunately not fit to race.”

Wetherby inspection

Heavy rain also hit Wetherby, which races on Sunday, forcing officials to call for a second inspection at 7.30am on raceday morning.

An inspection was held at midday on Saturday after 12mm of overnight rain left standing water in places and officials have decided that they will need to take another look in the morning.

The forecast suggests that the weather should be largely dry, though there is the possibility of light rain during Saturday afternoon.

Newbury off

Newbury was the most high-profile casualty of the recent wet weather as officials at the course had to cancel Saturday’s valuable meeting, which was set to feature the Spring Cup and Classic trials.

The card was salvaged, though, as Chelmsford stepped into the breach. Racing begins at 1.35pm.


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