Soggy Wincanton falls

  • Last Updated: January 4 2014, 7:23 GMT

This afternoon's National Hunt meeting at Wincanton has been abandoned due to a waterlogged track.

Wincanton: Abandoned following more rain
Wincanton: Abandoned following more rain

Like much of the country the Somerset track has been by heavy rain during the week, but clerk of the course Barry Johnson remained hopeful the fixture could beat the weather as he called an inspection for 7am.

However, even more rain than was forecast fell overnight and Johnson called off proceedings before the scheduled inspection time.

He said: "We have already abandoned, I'm afraid.

"It's disappointing as the boys worked so hard on Friday and the track was raceable at 5pm.

"We thought at that stage the track could take a bit more rain, but we've had far more than forecast.

"We thought we might get six or seven millimetres, and we would probably have coped with that, but it started raining at 1.30am and it was torrential until 6am.

"We've had 14 millimetres of rain already and it's still raining, so unfortunately we've been beaten by the weather."

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