Huntingdon card washed away

  • Last Updated: December 23 2012, 12:19 GMT

Boxing Day's meeting at Huntingdon has been abandoned due to a waterlogged track.

The bleak scene at Huntingdon on Sunday
The bleak scene at Huntingdon on Sunday

Officials were left with a straightforward call after inspecting the course shortly before midday on Sunday.

The Cambridgeshire venue is partly flooded following 16 millimetres of rainfall on Saturday. More rain has also been forecast.

General Manager Sophie Able said: "Even if the water started to recede rapidly - and that is highly unlikely because of the rain that we are forecast for Monday - there is no prospect that the track or its facilities can be returned to order in time for Boxing Day.

"Unfortunately we have had to abandon. It is hugely disappointing for our spectators because Boxing Day is our most popular day of the year - and especially so this year after losing our November Saturday fixture because of flooding and this month's Betfred Peterborough Chase day because of frost."

Huntingdon Racecourse's annual members, who are already being given complimentary admission to Kempton Park on Thursday when the re-scheduled William Hill Levy Board Peterborough Chase will be run, will be admitted free of charge at Market Rasen Racecourse's Boxing Day meeting on production of their annual badges.

Spectators who have booked tickets for the Boxing Day meeting at Huntingdon Racecourse will be automatically refunded.

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