Doncaster call inspection for Saturday card

The action unfolds at Doncaster
The action unfolds at Doncaster

Doncaster has announced a precautionary inspection will be held on Friday morning, with a 'risk of 30mm' of rain forecast before this weekend's final Flat meeting of the year.

Saturday's seven-race card is due to feature the November Handicap.

The going at Town Moor is currently described as heavy, soft in places.

An update on Thursday reported rain was already falling at dawn and is forecast to continue for the next 24 hours - and the inspection will take place at 8am on Friday.

Doncaster had to cancel day two of its previous Flat meeting at the end of last month, with the Group One Vertem Futurity Trophy transferred to Newcastle six days later.

Clerk of the course Roderick Duncan admits it will be "a struggle" for the fixture to survive.

"We're potentially forecast about 30 millimetres today and another four or five in the early hours of tomorrow," he told Sky Sports Racing.

"It's just a bit grim. We've got a lot of roads closed around the town. It's properly hitting Doncaster at the moment.

"We're going to struggle now. We've got to have a really positive forecast for Saturday morning and for all of Friday to give us much of a chance.

"If we can see a glimmer of hope we will have further inspections, but we'll need some positive changes in the way these forecasts are developing at the moment for Saturday to give us a chance.

"The monthly forecast has surpassed anything I've got on record. We're getting to the top levels for the whole of November now."

Doncaster had to cancel day two of its previous Flat meeting because of waterlogging at the end of last month, with the Group One Vertem Futurity Trophy transferred to Newcastle six days later.


Related horse racing links

Like what you've read?
Help your friends Know It All by sharing this article to your social media.

Most Read Racing

Sporting Life's NAP of the day1

Daily Nap: Very good bet

David Ord hopes Southwell passes a morning inspection with his best bet for Friday representing the Skelton team there.

Check out the latest daily racing preview2

Friday's racing preview

With Cheltenham abandoned, The King Of May at Newcastle is Keith Hamer's best bet of the day and he has a tip for every race at every meeting.

Ramses De Teillee - Haydock option3

Cheltenham: Six mud lovers

With Cheltenham hit by a deluge of rain Ben Linfoot highlights six mud-lovers ahead of the weekend of the November meeting that won't mind severe easing of the conditions.

Cheltenham's November Meeting4

Cheltenham abandon Friday card

Cheltenham's first afternoon of its three-day November meeting has been abandoned and there's a 3pm inspection on Friday for Saturday's card.

The latest Sporting Life Racing Podcast5

Racing Podcast: November Rain

Clinging to the hope that Cheltenham beats the weather on Saturday and Sunday, David Ord and Ben Linfoot preview the BetVictor Gold Cup and other feature races.

Most Read Racing

Sporting Life's NAP of the day1

Daily Nap: Very good bet

David Ord hopes Southwell passes a morning inspection with his best bet for Friday representing the Skelton team there.

Check out the latest daily racing preview2

Friday's racing preview

With Cheltenham abandoned, The King Of May at Newcastle is Keith Hamer's best bet of the day and he has a tip for every race at every meeting.

Ramses De Teillee - Haydock option3

Cheltenham: Six mud lovers

With Cheltenham hit by a deluge of rain Ben Linfoot highlights six mud-lovers ahead of the weekend of the November meeting that won't mind severe easing of the conditions.

Cheltenham's November Meeting4

Cheltenham abandon Friday card

Cheltenham's first afternoon of its three-day November meeting has been abandoned and there's a 3pm inspection on Friday for Saturday's card.

The latest Sporting Life Racing Podcast5

Racing Podcast: November Rain

Clinging to the hope that Cheltenham beats the weather on Saturday and Sunday, David Ord and Ben Linfoot preview the BetVictor Gold Cup and other feature races.

Next Race Off

08:45 Bangalore
6
(10)
Will To Win
J: Suraj Narredu
8
(9)
Sea Of Cortez
J: Chethan Gowda
3
(12)
Aceros
J: Y S Srinath
1
(2)
Tonys Pet
J: R Vaibhav
9
(1)
Areca Angel
J: M Rajesh Kumar
10
(11)
Daring Sweetheart
J: S Chetan Kalay
2
(7)
Songkran
J: T S Jodha
12
(6)
Naayaab
J: Arshad Alam
7
(5)
Glorious Days
J: Irvan Singh
11
(8)
Sir Piggot
J: P Kiran Rai
5
(4)
Eco Friendly
J: K Sai Kiran
4
(3)
Country's Jewel
J: A Ramu

Racing Tips

Check out the latest daily racing preview

Friday's racing preview

With Cheltenham abandoned, The King Of May at Newcastle is Keith Hamer's best bet of the day and he has a tip for every race at every meeting.

Sporting Life's NAP of the day

Daily Nap: Very good bet

David Ord hopes Southwell passes a morning inspection with his best bet for Friday representing the Skelton team there.

Count Meribel in action at Cheltenham

BetVictor Gold Cup guide

David Ord provides an in-depth horse by horse guide to Saturday's Cheltenham feature handicap chase - the BetVictor Gold Cup.