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Monday 23 July 2018

Rain forces Welsh National into January switch

Officials at Chepstow show the full extent of the rainfall at the course which has caused the Welsh Grand National to be rescheduled from yesterday to January 6
Officials at Chepstow show the full extent of the rainfall at the course which has caused the Welsh Grand National to be rescheduled from yesterday to January 6

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Officials at Chepstow have moved quickly to reschedule the Coral Welsh Grand National for January 6 after yesterday's fixture was abandoned due to a waterlogged track.

The three-mile-five-furlong heat was due to be the feature event on a seven-race card but rain and snow over the last two days has left the track unraceable.

Three of the last seven renewals have been run in early January and in consultation with the race sponsor and the British Horseracing Authority, the card has been saved once again.

Chepstow's clerk of the course Keith Ottesen said: "With huge help from our sponsors Coral and the BHA, we've rearranged the fixture for Saturday, January 6, and we'll have some races on ITV as well. All the information about redeeming tickets, tickets being valid for January 6 and refunds is on the Chepstow website."

Three of the five meetings across Britain and Ireland today are subject to morning inspections.

Day three of Leopardstown's Christmas Festival is subject to a precautionary check at 7.30am.

Officials at Chepstow show the full extent of the rainfall at the course which has caused the Welsh Grand National to be rescheduled from yesterday to January 6
Officials at Chepstow show the full extent of the rainfall at the course which has caused the Welsh Grand National to be rescheduled from yesterday to January 6

The threat of overnight frost and fog has prompted officials to call an early inspection ahead of a card that is due to feature the Leopardstown Christmas Chase and the Squared Financial Christmas Hurdle.

The track tweeted: "With the possibility of frost and fog tonight, there will be a precautionary inspection at 7.30am on Thursday morning (December 28) and all race time alterations will be confirmed."

Racing at Limerick must also pass a 7.30am inspection.

The National Hunt meeting at Catterick must survive an 8am precautionary inspection due to the threat of overnight frost but they are confident of getting the go-ahead.

Leicester's meeting appears in more doubt with the course covered yesterday by between one and two inches of snow. Inspections have also been called at Kelso and Warwick ahead of fixtures later in the week.

Kelso is due to stage a National Hunt card tomorrow, but due to forecast frosts, officials will inspect at 7am this morning.

Warwick's meeting on New Year's Eve (Sunday) is subject to an 8am inspection tomorrow.

The track has been hit by 30 millimetres of rain in the last 48 hours and the going is described as heavy under patchy snow and some areas of standing water.

Irish Independent

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