Monday jumping cards in doubt

  • Last Updated: December 31 2012, 7:07 GMT

National Hunt racing in Britain on Monday looks in doubt after Warwick abandoned and Uttoxeter announced plans to inspect.

Warwick: No action on Monday

Warwick has been called off due to a waterlogged track.

Clerk of the course Sulekha Varma inspected the track at 8.30am on Sunday but found conditions to be unraceable after 11 millimetres of rain on Saturday.

She said: "We had 11mm in total yesterday which left large areas of standing water.

"We already knew we were not in a position to take much more rain but we actually had more than was forecast.

"Further heavy rain is forecast this afternoon and overnight so there is no prospect of the track improving."

Uttoxeter are currently heavy though raceable but clerk of the course, Charlie Moore has been forced to call a precautionary inspection at 7.30am after a forecast of overnight rain.

The track has seen rain on every day since Christmas Eve and Moore has reconfigured races on the hurdles course in an effort to give the meeting every chance of going ahead.

Over in Ireland, officials at Punchestown and Tramore have called inspections for 8am ahead of Monday's meetings.

An adverse weather forecast is currently causing concern at Punchestown although Tramore report themselves currently to be raceable.

Fairyhouse are also set to inspect at the same time ahead of Tuesday's meeting at the County Meath circuit.


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