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Naas racecourse - 2007

Naas: risk of spot flooding is worrying officials ahead of Sunday's card

  PICTURE: Caroline Norris  

Heavy rain raises doubts over Sunday cards

THERE were doubts surrounding Sunday's cards at Exeter and Naas on Saturday with heavy rain forecast for large parts of Britain and Ireland.

Exeter will inspect at 8am on Sunday in light of a heavy band of rain (25mm) expected between 4am and 11am.

Officials will be eager to get the all clear as the card has attracted the likes of exciting novices Melodic Rendezvous and Puffin Billy as well as top chasers Cappa Bleu and Harry Topper.

While Naas was raceable on Saturday morning, manager Tom Ryan admits Sunday's meeting could fall victim to waterlogging.

"We had a mostly dry night - it's just that the forecast is frightening," said Ryan. "We won't take the amount of rain expected."

The going is heavy all over and Ryan expects an inspection to be called for Sunday morning, with Met Éireann having warned of high rainfall on Saturday night and Sunday morning and "a risk of spot flooding".

A seven-race card, featuring the €16,500 Opera Hat novices' chase, is due to commence at 1.40.

The all-weather action at Southwell completes Sunday's fixtures.

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