Saturday 25 March 2017

Storm Jake taking a toll on Irish cards

After 12.5mm of rain overnight into yesterday, the Kilkenny venue was left waterlogged in places (Stock photo)
After 12.5mm of rain overnight into yesterday, the Kilkenny venue was left waterlogged in places (Stock photo)
Richard Forristal

Richard Forristal

Yesterday's Downpatrick card fell victim to water-logging early in the morning and this afternoon's scheduled Clonmel fixture soon followed.

Domestic activity will resume on the all-weather at Dundalk tomorrow, but, with much of the country being battered by Storm Jake, Saturday's Gowran Park spread could also be in danger.

After 12.5mm of rain overnight into yesterday, the Kilkenny venue was left waterlogged in places. Further rainfall, up to 10mm, is forecast to hit the region over the next couple of days.

Sunday's Naas spread doesn't appear to be in quite as much difficulty. The official going at the Kildare track was yesterday being given as soft, heavy in places, though showers are also forecast for the area.

Meanwhile, Noel Meade has reiterated that he remains in the dark about which race Road To Riches will tackle at Cheltenham.

His 2015 Gold Cup runner-up also has the Ryanair Chase as an option this time due to his owner Michael O'Leary's wealth of staying chasers.

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