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Worcester meeting switched to Southwell

WORCESTER announced on Friday that it's next meeting, on September 26, has been abandoned because of waterlogging.

Four meetings have now fallen by the wayside at the course this year, which earlier in the week was covered in up to six feet of water.

Southwell will inherit September's fixture, and there are doubts surrounding the two meetings in October.

Clerk of the course Fergus Cameron said: "In conjunction with the BHA, we have taken the decision to move the meeting scheduled for September 26 to Southwell."

He added: "As there is nearly a month until our next meeting, October 9, we will wait and see how the next two weeks go before re-assessing the track on September 22."              

On the current state of the course, and what can be done before that re-assessment, Cameron said: "Parts of the track remain under water, although I did find a small area of ground on one of the bends that was perfectly raceable.

"However, the back straight is still unraceable in parts. With the state of the track as it is now, there wouldn't have been enough recovery time before the next meeting.

"We'll progress with getting the surface race-worthy once we've assessed what needs to be done.

"We're a little bit restricted in what we can do, as we are on a floodplain - for example we can't raise the river banks!"


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