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Nomecheki last jumping the fence pasing the stands Plumpton 03.01.2010

Plumpton: feature race on Sunday is the Sussex National

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Plumpton passes inspection after dry night

PLUMPTON has passed an inspection on Sunday morning and racing, featuring the At The Races Sussex National, goes ahead on heavy going.

An inspection had been called by officials after significant rain in the past week had left the course at risk if more rain had arrived on Saturday night.

However, a dry night at Plumpton allowed racing to go ahead although clerk of the course Mark Cornford admitted that the track was "right on the edge" and could handle no more rain.

"We are forecast a nice, dry, sunny morning but then there is a front coming which is expected later in the afternoon, if that hits us earlier then we could be in trouble - it's a risk," Cornford said.

"We are raceable and it is going to be testing, heavy, wet ground - there's no getting away from that but people knew that."

He continued: "They will be racing as wide as possible on the hurdles course and there is some fresh ground on the inside of the chase course. We've been able to keep off that until Christmas and without it we would not be racing.

"The bottom bend is going to be deep but it is a winter sport and it is great to be racing."

The first fence in the home straight, which would have been the first race in the Sussex National, will be omitted for all chases.

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