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Wednesday, 12 December, 2018

Bath abandons races on round course but sprints go ahead after second inspection

Bath: passed an inspection on Friday morning
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Bath has abandoned races three, five and six on the round course. The rest of the meeting goes ahead with four races on the sprint course.

A deputation of officials, jockeys and trainers examined the area where remedial work was carried out over the winter at 1pm and decided to restrict racing to the sprint track.

Stipendiary steward Simon Cowley said: "Following concerns raised by some of the jockeys who walked the track very early this morning we held an inspection to look at a patch of what appeared to be false ground close to the bend.

"Following that inspection and having heard evidence from trainers and jockeys, the stewards decided to abandon the round course races because of that unsafe ground.

"There appeared to be no way to go round it by rerailing."

After heavy rain for the past week Bath made a late announcement on Thursday night that a 7.30am inspection would be held.

The course passed that check but after more rain through the morning fresh concerns were raised after jockeys Franny Norton and Paddy Mathers had walked the track.

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Up to 34mm of rain had fallen on the track since last Friday and further showers were forecast for Thursday evening

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