Leicester: Saturday’s meeting has been hit by withdrawals
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By Tony McFadden 11:26AM 11 JUN 2016
THERE has been a host of non-runners at Leicester after the track was hit by 47mm of rain during a two-hour period of “crazy” weather on Friday.
Speaking after the track had passed an early-morning inspection, clerk of the course Jimmy Stevenson said: “The weather was crazy. It was the worst I have ever seen in the 22 years that I have been here.
“We had 47mm of rain during two hours yesterday – we had only 7mm in the previous three weeks.
“The river burst its banks and we had water lying all over the place but that has gone now.”
As of 11am, there were 27 non-runners for Leicester’s evening meeting, but Stevenson admitted he was not surprised to see so many come out after the going was changed to soft, with heavy places in the dips, having previously been good to firm.
“The non-runners are to be expected,” Stevenson said. “The ground is at the opposite end of the scale to when these horses were declared.”
Leicester’s last meeting was abandoned after Frankie Dettori’s mount, Magillen, slipped after the winning line but Stevenson was confident that no such issues would arise this time.
Leicester’s card has been most affected by the inclement weather but there have been plenty of non-runners elsewhere as well.
The going at Sandown has quickened to good to firm, which has led to eight non-runners on account of the going, while there are five non-runners because of the softening going at York, which has eased slightly to good to soft, good in places (from good).