Parts of the course at Beverley are waterlogged after torrential rainPICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
Beverley forced to abandon after downpour
DESPITE surviving a 9am inspection, Beverley was finally forced to accept defeat and abandon its Thursday fixture when a torrential downpour left the course waterlogged in places.
With 10mm of rain overnight, the course was raceable, but in a condition where any further rain would tip the balance. An inspection was called for 9am but with the forecast rain yet to arrive, officials decided to take another look at 11am.
However a torrential downpour just after 10.30am took the decision out of Beverley's hands and clerk of the course Sally Iggulden said: "We are going to have to abandon. We've just had the most torrential downpour and it's still raining.
"We've had more than 6mm already and it's just too much, parts of the course are now waterlogged."
The abandonment means the Totejackpot, which was scheduled for the course, will no longer take place. Racing in Britain on Thursday will come from Brighton, Perth and Wolverhampton.