Postponed Leopardstown card must pass morning inspection
OFFICIALS at Leopardstown decided that following a 7am inspection on Saturday the course was unfit for racing but are confident, despite calling a 7.30am inspection, that the meeting can go ahead on Sunday.
Joe Collins, clerk of the course at Leopardstown, said on Saturday morning: "We are quite optimistic given the latest weather forecast that we will be able to race tomorrow.
"The met office has told us that the rain will clear this afternoon and that we will have a dry night and a dry day tomorrow."
The Dublin track was on Saturday afternoon due to feature an absorbing rematch between Vodafone Derby hero New Approach and the brilliant Duke Of Marmalade in the Tattersalls Millions Irish Champion Stakes.
But following over 45 millimetres of rain on Friday officials were forced to call a 7am inspection and contingency plans were put in place for the card to take place on Sunday.
Butsaturated conditions left course officials with no option but to abandon.
"We nearly made it over the line today but we've had to call off the meeting," confirmed Leopardstown general manager Tom Burke.
"We had over 6mm of rain last night, but the forecast is not too bad and the rainshould have cleared by mid-morning."
The bumper eight-race card which is due to feature two Group 1 contests in the TattersallsMillions Champion Stakes and the Coolmore Fusaichi Pegasus Matron Stakes will now begin at 1.40pm on Sunday, provided it passes it's early inspection.
Original declarations will stand but due to a clash with Dundalk on the same day, fresh nomination of riders for both meetings would have to be made between 10am and 12.30pm on Saturday.