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Heavy and wet going at Ayr 6/10/2011

Ayr: unexpected rain forces officials to call an inspection

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Inspections called as sun finally starts to shine

AFTER what seems like weeks of endless rain, the weather has finally brightened up in many parts of Britain on New Year's Day but two meetings later in the week are still in doubt due to the recent wet weather.

Ayr announced on Tuesday morning that they will inspect at 7.30am on Wednesday to see if that afternoon's meeting can take place.

Clerk of the course Emma Marley tweeted: "Inspection 7.30am Weds 2nd Jan following unexpected 12mm of rainfall overnight. More forecast today & tomorrow morning (5-10mm)".

Although the sun came out in the south east of England on Tuesday morning, the torrential rain that has hit the area recently has put Friday's jumps meeting at Lingfield in doubt already.

With the track waterlogged, clerk of the course Neil Mackenzie Ross has called an inspection for Thursday morning. He said: "After 12mm rain yesterday we remain waterlogged for Friday. An inspection has been called for 8am Thursday. There are areas of false ground we cannot bypass."

Officials at Exeter were able to give Tuesday's meeting the go-ahead after just 2mm of rain fell on the course overnight meaning they scrapped plans for a morning inspection.

Find out what the prospects are for forthcoming fixtures in Britain and Ireland with our at-a-glance guide

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