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Ludlow: 23mm of rain over the weekend ended any hope of racing

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Rain claims Ludlow card and more could follow

WEDNESDAY'S meeting at waterlogged Ludlow became the latest to fall victim to recent wet weather after officials abandoned the card on Monday.

The track has been hit by heavy rain since its last meeting on January 16 and with more rain forecast before Wednesday, clerk of the course Bob Davies was left with no alternative but to cancel the fixture.

Taunton will inspect for its Tuesday fixture at 7am as there is a possibility of further showers before racing.

The track (‏@TauntonRacing), where the ground is heavy, tweeted: "Forecast shows chance of heavy rain overnight so inspection planned for 7am."

Newcastle on Wednesday will have to pass an 8am check on Tuesday after 16mm of rain over the weekend left the track heavy, waterlogged in places, with further rain forecast before racing.

It is a similar story at Towcester, where clerk of the course Robert Bellamy announced an 8am inspection on Wednesday to assess the prospects of racing on Thursday. The course took 17mm of rain over the weekend, with more showers due.

Lingfield's Tuesday card was abandoned on Saturday due to waterlogging.

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