Leicester card abandoned

The National Hunt fixture at Leicester on Monday has been abandoned due to hard ground.

The water jump at Leicester

Officials were left with no option but to call off the card, the first time in recent memory they have lost a meeting due to the ground being too fast.

"Unfortunately we've had to call it off," said clerk of the course Jimmy Stevenson.

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"We just haven't had enough rain, we had 13mm last night but I still can't get my stick in the ground which shows how low the water table is.

"Normally we have 88mm of rain in October. This year we had just 19mm.

"Our next meeting is two weeks on Sunday so fingers crossed we get plenty of rain before then.

"In all my time here we've never called off for the ground being hard. We've staged all-hurdle cards before but we can't even do that this time."

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