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Cheltenham: course is unraceable following rain on Saturday

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Dry spell required to save Cheltenham card

PROSPECTS for Cheltenham's card on Tuesday beating the weather are slim, with officials at the course hoping that further rain forecast for Monday morning does not arrive.

Following an inspection on Sunday morning, a second look has been called for 3pm on Monday, but the track is unraceable in places.

Clerk of the course Simon Claisse said: "We're currently unraceable after ten millimetres of rain on Saturday afternoon and overnight, which is as anticipated.

"If we get the forecast rain [11 to 12mm on Monday morning] then I'm afraid we will have to abandon but we're giving it 24 hours in the hope the rain doesn't materialise. It's happened before."

The loss of the card will be a blow to Channel 4 racing, which is set to broadcast its new-look show produced by IMG on Tuesday with Cheltenham the flagship meeting.

Warwick's meeting on Monday became the latest victim of waterlogging, with the meeting abandoned on Sunday morning.

Following an inspection at 8.30am, clerk of the course Sulekha Varma was left with little choice as 11mm of rain on Saturday had waterlogged parts of the track and left standing water in places.

She said: "We're waterlogged and there's more rain forecast this afternoon and evening so we have no prospects of improvement."

There was better news at Taunton, as the course passed its inspection for racing this afternoon.

The going is heavy, and clerk of the course Michael Trickey said: "It's heavy but safe. We had six millimetres of rain from midday yesterday [Saturday] and the course is better than I thought it would be."

Uttoxeter's meeting on Monday is subject to an inspection at 7.30am, while Punchestown's meeting for the same day is subject to an 8am inspection.

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