The Lowdown: Exeter forced to cancel meeting due to waterlogged track
- EARLY CANCELLATION: today's meeting at Exeter has been cancelled due to a waterlogged track. Clerk of the course Daniel Cooper said: "Unfortunately we’ve had no improvement overnight. We had 14 and a half millimetres of rain yesterday that meant the track was waterlogged from around 5.30pm and there’s been no change overnight. Our next meeting is next Tuesday but we’re reassured by a dry outlook after today for that meeting.” Racing goes ahead at Fairyhouse following a morning inspection.
- UNBEATEN AIM: Henry de Bromhead is favouring the PCI Irish Champion Hurdle at Leopardstown on February 1 as the pre-Cheltenham target for Honeysuckle.
- CHELTENHAM POINTERS: Thebannerkingrebel will attempt to enhance his credentials for the Sky Bet Supreme Novices' Hurdle at Haydock on Saturday.
- JUMPING TO IT: George Waud, the film producer behind Snakes On A Plane and the Margot Robbie-starring Terminal, is preparing to go from Hollywood to Hexham and Haydock.
An intriguing 2m4½f beginners' chase (2.10) is the feature contest on the six-race card. Caribean Boy, placed in a Listed hurdle on his last start in France 632 days ago, makes his debut for Nicky Henderson, while Cotswold Way and The Big Bite are among potentially nice chasers.
Going Soft, good to soft in places (chase); Good to soft, soft in places (hurdles, GoingStick 7.0 hurdle, 6.6 chase)
Distances 1.05, 1.35, 2.40 & 3.50 +20yds
SPOTLIGHT TIP: Cotswold Way (2.10)
CANCELLED – waterlogged track
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Going Standard. Conditions will be monitored at the all-weather track with forecast strong winds.
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