Taunton fixture abandoned
Taunton's first jumps meeting of the season on Thursday week has been abandoned.
Lack of rain in the area means the going is currently described as firm, hard in places.
With meetings at this time of year normally under the threat of rain, losing one as the ground is too firm shows another way tracks are at the mercy of the weather.
The British Horseracing Authority said it was assessing options regarding potentially replacing the fixture.
A statement posted on the racecourse's website read: "Unfortunately racing on Thursday, November 10 has been abandoned due to the very dry spell experienced in the Taunton area since the beginning of July."The ground is currently Firm, Hard in Places. July and August were especially dry months offering only 38.5mm of rain against an average of 170mm."In addition, since September 1 the course has taken only 88.5mm of rain against an average of 100mm."This means we are approximately down 120mm of rain against the norm over the period."Our reservoir holds enough water to apply 50mm over an eight-day period with the weather forecast showing little if any rain over the next week. Our 50mm simply isn't enough to change the ground sufficiently."This is why the decision to abandon has been taken today."