Talking Horses: Lingfield lost to rain while they water at Leopardstown

Irrigation has been used to avoid a dry surface for the Dublin Racing Festival but rain on Saturday night could be a problem

Somehow the weather is contriving to be a problem for horse racing around Britain and Ireland, in differing ways at each trouble-spot. The most immediate casualty has beenTuesday’s card at Lingfield, abandoned this morning when the course was found to be waterlogged, 7mm of rain on Monday having been the last straw.

Happily we still have jump racing taking place, as the feared frost turned out to be pretty low-key at Newcastle. However, Wednesday’s fixture at Hereford is in doubt, with standing water on the track and an inspection planned for 4pm on Tuesday.

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