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Welsh National - Chepstow Dec 08

Chepstow: rearranged Welsh National day for January 2013

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Chepstow abandons
Welsh National meeting

CHEPSTOW has been forced to abandon Thursday's Coral Welsh National meeting due to a waterlogged course and no let up in rain before the fixture.

The abandonment brings to an end the coverage of racing on BBC television with the meeting rearranged for January 5 when exclusive terrestrial rights for British racing transfer to Channel 4.

Clerk of the course Keith Ottesen said: "Over the last ten days the cumulative effect of the rain means it's going to take a period of dry weather and we are not going to get that before Thursday.

"Fingers crossed we can run the meeting which has been rearranged for Saturday, January 5 with an increase in prize-money for the Finale Hurdle. We have had great support from sponsors Coral and the BHA."

The rearranged Welsh National will take place on Channel 4 with the abandoned fixture having been scheduled to be the last on the BBC.

"It's sad as we've had great support from the BBC," Ottesen added. "And it's said we can't finish on a high but with the amount of rainfall we've had it can't go ahead."

Racing at Wetherby on Wednesday is subject to an 8.30am inspection on the day of racing with the course waterlogged in places.

A statement on the Wetherby website read: "Following a very dry and blustery day on Sunday the waterlogged areas of the track on the back straight reduced significantly and they are now isolated areas of standing water, of which some remain on the racing line.

"The current weather forecast is for the possibility of further rain today, but they vary in quantity.  The river level is currently within its normal parameters, so the remaining areas of standing water should hopefully drain further."

Racing will take place at Sedgefield on Wednesday after the track passed an inspection. The going is heavy.

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