Lingfield to monitor conditions after significant forecast change for Tuesday's card; Fontwell cancels Wednesday fixture

Aston Martini and James Bowen win at Lingfield
Lingfield: one of four tracks racing in Britain and Ireland on TuesdayCredit: Mark Cranham

Lingfield passed its morning inspection for Tuesday's card but clerk of the course Stephanie Wethered has warned conditions will be monitored with the forecast having changed since Monday. 

The track was given the green light for Tuesday – along with Thurles in Ireland – but could be hit by more than 5mm of rain during racing, having previously only anticipated a shower.

The wet weather has also forced Fontwell to cancel its Wednesday card due to waterlogging. The racing line had been altered for the fixture to give the meeting the best possible chance of surviving the inclement conditions, but officials admitted defeat shortly before 1pm.

At Lingfield, the ground is heavy and the fifth and eighth fence on the chase course will be omitted. 

Wethered said on Tuesday morning: "We're okay to go, we only had 1mm of rain overnight but our forecast has changed.

"There's a chance we could see over 5mm through racing, starting at 12pm, so we'll continue to monitor conditions. We only had a 20 per cent chance of a shower before that so it has changed quite a bit and we've had a shower already this morning."

Conditions are also heavy at Thurles where the third-last fence will be omitted. 

Clerk of the course Lorcan Wyer said: "Following 4mm of rain overnight, Thurles is now heavy but the track is fit for racing and the fixture goes ahead. 

"It has stopped raining here now and the forecast is for it to remain dry for the rest of the day. The ground is going to be very testing, particularly on the chase track."

Clonmel has abandoned its meeting on Thursday following 23mm of rain since Monday.

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James StevensWest Country correspondent

Published on 5 March 2024inBritain

Last updated 12:57, 5 March 2024