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Further inspection for Southwell

Tue, 01 May 2012

Tomorrow's National Hunt meeting at Southwell is subject to a further inspection at 6am, but Leicester's Flat fixture on Thursday has been abandoned.

Officials at Southwell passed the course fit for racing following an inspection on Tuesday morning, after a dry Monday with no measurable rainfall overnight, although further rain is forecast. The ground is soft, heavy in places.

Clerk of the course Roderick Duncan said: "We've further rain forecast, possibly another 10 millimetres, so I felt obliged to have another look in the morning. We would struggle if we get the worst case scenario."

The meeting at Leicester on Thursday has been called off due to waterlogging.

Following an 8am inspection, clerk of the course Jimmy Stevenson said: "It's absolutely desperate. We had another six millimetres of rain overnight and there's heavy rain at the moment. We've had 153 millimetres of rain since around April 4."

Hexham's evening meeting on Saturday will be an all-hurdles card after the three chases were abandoned due to waterlogging. The Northumberland venue has had 42 millimetres of rain since the last meeting on April 23 and are forecast showers towards the end of the week.

Clerk of the course James Armstrong said: "The chase course is currently unraceable. Given that we might get some rain at the end of the week, the sensible option is to ensure the meeting goes ahead and, giving it every possible chance, we are putting on an all-hurdles card."

Racing at Yarmouth and Exeter this afternoon went ahead following inspections.