Uttoxeter: insufficient improvement in conditions after 32mm of rainPICTURE: Steve Davies
Bangor and Uttoxeter fail Thursday inspections
THE wet weather has claimed a fixture a day up to Saturday after Bangor and Uttoxeter failed inspections on Thursday morning.
Bangor’s meeting on Friday was the first to go as the water level of the River Dee had not receded enough and Uttoxeter’s Saturday card soon followed with the Midlands course also waterlogged.
Taunton’s fixture on Thursday was lost in similar circumstances and the frustration for Bangor and Uttoxeter was that conditions were drying out but the damage had already been done.
Bangor had put its innermost point-to-point course on standby but none of the three courses were deemed raceable at the inspection.
Uttoxeter had switched the programme to an all-hurdle card, abandoning the two chases, but those efforts were in vain as there was insufficient improvement in conditions after 32mm of rain the last four days.
The ground at Newbury for Saturday’s big meeting remained soft, heavy in places on the chase course and heavy, soft in places on the hurdles track on Thursday morning.
At Warwick, which is set to form part of the Channel 4 coverage on the same day, the going has been described a heavy and with cold temperatures emerging as a new threat, frost covers will be deployed on vulnerable areas.
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