Waterlogged Newton Abbot abandons Tuesday fixture

Newton Abbot

Newton Abbot: 10mm of rain on Sunday night has ended hope

  PICTURE: Jon Winter (racingpost.com/photos)  

TUESDAY’S meeting at Newton Abbot has been abandoned after heavy rain left ground around the winning post unstable and unfit for racing.

Rain last week had led the track to switch the meeting to an all-hurdle card with the chase course waterlogged but a further 10mm of rain on Sunday night has ended any hope of racing taking place.

The ground was described as soft, waterlogged in places on Monday morning and, with the ground around the winning post becoming unstable, the meeting was abandoned.

Clerk of the Course Jason Loosemore said: “We had an impromptu inspection this morning and there’s an area just beyond the winning post which is unstable and unfit for racing.

“Most of the course is fine but it’s just one area that has had an appreciable amount of wear during the course of the last month and that, allied with a significant amount of rain through August, has left it unstable and there is insufficient time for it to see sufficient improvement. We’re really gutted.”

 

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