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Hereford disappointed by turnout for valuable handicap chases

Runners swing away from the stands at Hereford, where there is an eight-race card on Monday
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The numbers might not be what Hereford had hoped for when putting on two chases worth over £40,000 in total but the locals have rallied round to back the course which reopened 16 months ago after being closed for nearly four years.

While the feature Darren Linn Memorial Handicap Chase has eight runners from the original 20 entries, the £17,000 novice limited handicap had to be reopened before finally five line up for the 2m5f chase.

Executive director Rebecca Davies said: “It's disappointing when you put on better prize-money and we thought we would get a few more runners but no complaints.

"We've been well supported by local owners and trainers but it's been a torrid season with the weather not helpful – we recently lost our early January meeting to frost after the first two meetings of the season when the ground was too firm."

Officials are still expecting a good turnout on what is themed as a darts day challenge. Racegoers are invited to take on local professional player Terry Jenkins with a £250 prize in the final of the nine-darts challenge.

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We've been well supported by local owners and trainers but it's been a torrid season with the weather not helpful

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