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Lingfield forced to abandon hurdle races

LINGFIELD has been forced to abandon Tuesday's hurdle races after failing an inspection on Friday afternoon.

The condition of the current course along with forecast heavy rain forced clerk of the course Neil Mackenzie Ross to cancel the contests four days prior to the meeting.

The races will be replaced by a bumper on the all-weather track and another chase.

"In all the eight years I have worked here I have never seen the course so wet," said Mackenzie Ross. "The main problem we have is by the two hurdles on the back straight because we use the course through the summer for the Flat.

"That part of the track has been watered all summer which is the reason why the chase track is fine while the hurdle track is just saturated."

Mackenzie Ross added: "It wouldn't take another teaspoon more of water and with the heavy rain forecasted over the next few days we thought it best to cancel it now in order to save the meeting.

"Short of a monsoon the rest of the track is fine and we are adding another steeplechase race as well as a national hunt flat race on the all-weather track in order to have a six-race card."

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