Taunton abandon chases

  • Last Updated: February 4 2013, 11:50 GMT

The recent heavy rain and snow has left the chase course at Taunton unracecable leading to the abandoment of the two scheduled chases on Thursday's card.

Taunton: Set to race on Thursday
Taunton: Set to race on Thursday

The decision was taken early with standing water on the track and further rain forecast.

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has programmed an additional Standard Open National Hunt Flat race to take the place of the Steeple Chases and form a six race card.

Entries for the Shoreditch Standard Open NHF closed on Saturday and a field of 20 possible runners include David Pipe's impressive course and distance winner Doctor Harper and Mac's Return, the winner of a Lingstown point-to-point, who could make his debut for Paul Nicholls having changed hands for 165,000 guineas at Brightwells Sales in December.

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