Carlisle abandons chase races


Carlisle's chase races on Thursday have been abandoned due a lack of forecast rain and a "reduced watering capacity".

The continued dry spell, combined with a problem with watering equipment, left the chase course firm, good to firm in places.

Efforts will now be concentrated on watering the hurdles track at Carlisle, on which six races over timber and a bumper will be staged on Thursday.

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Wincanton's evening meeting on the same day had already been abandoned as the ground is not suitable for racing because it cannot be efficiently watered.

The British Horseracing Authority said in a statement that it was would not be possible for Carlisle to "get the chase course to suitable safe racing ground".

The statement added: "The going on the hurdles course is currently described as good to firm, good in places.

"The BHA racing department has therefore programmed two additional hurdle races, one of which mirrors the confined handicap from Wincanton's abandoned card on the same day, as well as an intermediate National Hunt Flat race."

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