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Leicester: jockeys were worried about ground

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Leicester abandoned due to unsafe ground

TUESDAY'S meeting at Leicester was abandoned after two races due to ground on the home bend being deemed unsafe.

Following the second race at 2.30, Magillen, partnered by Frankie Dettori, slipped after the winning line on the bend and came down.

Both the horse and Dettori were unscathed but following an inspection of the track  the decision was taken to call racing off.

Slippy ground

Clerk of the course Jimmy Stevenson said: "The jockeys were unhappy about the pulling up area after the line following the second race.

"We inspected the track and there was a slippy patch of ground just after the line. We proposed putting the remaining races back by 30 minutes to give the rain time to get into the ground, but the jockeys said they still wouldn't be confident and at that point we had no choice but to abandon."

"It's a bit of a nightmare scenario, the rain coming when it did. We could have had 30mm overnight and raced, but a little shower after racing starts and we find ourselves in this position."

 
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