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Fontwell: one of three meetings abandoned on Monday

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Wet weather claims three more jumps meetings

SEDGEFIELD, Fontwell and Wetherby have fallen victim to the wet weather which has hit Britain and have abandoned their respective meetings due to waterlogging.

Tuesday's card at Sedgefield was abandoned following an inspection on Monday morning, with parts of the track left waterlogged following heavy rain over the weekend and on Monday.

Clerk of the course Phil Tuck said: "We've had 13mm since 6am this morning and it's still raining. The forecasts say we haven't got the heaviest rain yet and we had no real prospects at all."

Wednesday's meetings at Fontwell and Wetherby also fell due to waterlogging. At Fontwell 20mm of rain fell during the last 24 hours, while at Wetherby half an inch of overnight scuppered the track's chances of racing.

Southwell abandoned Monday's and Tuesday's fixtures on Sunday. Clerk of the course Roderick Duncan said: "There's two foot of water in the car parks and parts of the track and stable yard are underwater."

However, Wednesday's fixture will take place as it has been transferred to Wolverhampton.

There was better news at Lingfield, with Tuesday's meeting passing its inspection at 8am on Monday, although a further inspection is scheduled for 2pm. The track is raceable, with the going heavy, and clerk of the course Neil Mackenzie Ross said: "We're raceable at present but will keep checking. The ground is very saturated but I'm reasonably optimistic that racing will take place."

Uttoxeter's fixture on Thursday is now an all-hurdle card with the chases abandoned on Monday.

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