Perth: two-day fixture fell to the wet weather that is causing problemsPICTURE: Jon Winter
Chepstow inspects as wet weather wreaks havoc
CHEPSTOW will hold an 8am inspection to determine whether Wednesday's Flat fixture can take place as wet weather continues to put race meetings in Britain and Ireland under threat.
Wednesday's meetings at Perth and Fairyhouse were both abandoned on Tuesday but Chepstow remain hopeful of racing.
Clerk of the course Keith Ottesen: "We had 26mm of rain on Monday, but so far today there has only been 2mm.
"The going is heavy, soft in places and we are forecast more rain. I felt it prudent to call a precautionary inspection because we're already heavy and further rain is likely. If we get too much more we could be in difficulty, so it's best to make everybody aware of the situation as early as possible."
Perth's two-day jumps fixture, scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday, was called off on Tuesday morning after another deluge of rain overnight left parts of the track waterlogged.
Also lost on Tuesday was Wednesday's Fairyhouse card, whose feature, the Group 3 Brownstown Stakes, will be rescheduled when a suitable date is found. However, singer Ryan Sheridan's post-racing concert will take place but with no racing to precede it.
Manager Peter Roe, whose saturated track received more rain in June than through the whole of January, February and March, said: "We'll open the gates at 7pm and Ryan Sheridan will be on at about 9pm. Hopefully that will help dissipate our disappointment at losing the meeting."
Haydock, which begins a three-day meeting on Thursday that culminates with Saturday's bet365-sponsored Lancashire Oaks and Old Newton Cup, is good to soft, good in places and clerk Kirkland Tellwright envisages conditions will remain on the easy side given the weather forecast.
He said: "We got 10mm on Monday night and this period of unsettled weather is forecast to continue throughout the week. Assuming we get an average of 4mm per day, the ground is likely to remain on the easy side of good."