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Chepstow forced to abandon again

OFFICIALS at Chepstow have been forced to abandon next Thursday's meeting after being hit by a colossal amount of rain over the last few days.

Friday's meeting was abandoned on Wednesday due to waterlogging and conditions have continued to deteriorate since.

Clerk of the course Tim Long believes the track would needa few days of drying weather to give next week's meeting any chance of going ahead and admits that is unlikely to happen.

"We have had so much rain over the last five days and it adds up to around 150 millimetres," said Long.

"The ground is completely saturated and in order to dry in time for next Thursday, we need three or four days of bright sunshine, which does not look like happening.              

"We thought it was sensible just to call it off now to let the professionals know and they can plan to go elsewhere.

"Our next meeting is a jumps card in October, so hopefully we will be ready to race again then."

Northern Racing, owners of Chepstow, later confirmed the meeting would be transferred to Brighton instead.

The races originally scheduled for Chepstow will be run over almost the same distances at Brighton.


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