Racing hit by wet weather

WET weather has hit horse racing throughout the country, with the Cheltenham track  so badly affected that day one of the November meeting has been cancelled because of waterlogging of the course.

A spokesperson for Cheltenham Racecourse said the event was cancelled due to “37mm rainfall in the past 18 hours.”

Now Saturday’s card depends on a 3pm Friday inspection and any more rain could see that fixture called off.

Cheltenham track today Photo courtesy of the Jockey Club


Meanwhile racing goes ahead at Newcastle, where the first race is at noon, with a decent card for racing. Highlights include a Veterans’ handicap chase over two and a half miles at 1.40pm.

The going there is soft, and heavy in places. Simply The Betts aims to follow up a recent Chepstow victory in the 2.50pm race, while  the appropriately-named Wetlands is fancied to win the 3.25pm race.

Meanwhile there is racing at Southwell starting at 12.50 where the going is heavy and at Dundalk (5.15pm) good.


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