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Two more meetings washed out

Tue, 08 May 2012
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Two more jumps meetings have been claimed by the weather with the loss of Stratford on Wednesday and Newton Abbot on Thursday because the tracks are waterlogged.

Course officials called off the Stratford fixture after 21.4 millimetres of rain fell on Monday night. The Warwickshire circuit has now had to withstand 175mm of rain within the last 30 days.

Clerk of the course Stephen Lambert said: "We've had seven inches of rain over the last month, and over an inch in the last 24 hours. We were fit to go on Monday afternoon - the course had taken the rain absolutely brilliantly - but the rain in the last 12 hours rather tipped the scales against us."

Eleven millimetres of overnight rain left Newton Abbot officials with no choice but to call off the fixture and the long-range forecast also offered no hope that the situation would improve sufficiently by Thursday.

Clerk of the course Jason Loosemore said: "We've had 20 millimetres of rain from Monday, which has put the situation beyond hope. We were delicately poised all week and that has meant we had to call it off now - especially as more rain is coming."