Southwell abandons card after torrential rain

Racing was called off after a period of heavy rain at the track

  PICTURE: Martin Lynch  

 By Alex Wiltshire 7:26AM 22 NOV 2016 

SOUTHWELL has been forced to abandon its eight-race card on Tuesday due to a waterlogged track after experiencing a downpour of 49mm of rain in the last 36 hours.

Racing was scheduled to get underway at 11.50, however after a morning inspection it was concluded that the track was unraceable.

Arena Racing Company, owners of Southwell racecourse, undertook development work on the track in October as a 1f stretch covering the final bend and start of the homestraight were relaid to combat the risk of flooding. This was due to be the second meeting on the new surface.

Managing director David Roberts said: “49mm of rain has fallen in the last 36 hours, and it has been persistent over that period. The track is completely saturated and we have had no window to undergo our normal procedure of using discs to bring up the dry material.

“The river has not burst and we replaced the sand around the golf course bend and past the six furlong start a month ago and these areas have fared significantly better than other parts of the course.”

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