Lightning strikes and leaves Brighton without water

Brighton 03/08/2011

Brighton: main pump for the irrigation system was struck

  PICTURE: John Connor Press Associates  

 By David Baxter 11:01AM 10 JUN 2016 

WATERING is unable to take place at Brighton due to a unique set of circumstances, with the irrigation system out of action after being hit by lightning.

The course is due to race next Tuesday, and conditions could be lightning quick, as on Friday the going was described as good to firm, firm in places.

Clerk of the course George Hill explained the situation, and said: “We went to water the other day and the main pump which brings out the water is down as the fuses have gone. We had electrical storms last Tuesday and the Saturday before.”

Replacement parts have been ordered, but a delivery date is not yet known, and Hill is hoping for nature to be more beneficial in the coming days and provide some rain.

“All the trainers have been made aware as well as Racing Admin and it’s out there on Twitter,” Hill. “It’s unfortunate as we are waiting for the parts and rainfall-wise we’re not expecting massive quantities before Tuesday. We’ll have to wait and see.”

Southern courses are on a bad run of luck with watering systems, as Goodwood was also affected recently when a burst water pipe left its system inoperable.

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