Watering problem for Wincanton

Wincanton have been forced to abandon

The jumps meeting at Wincanton on Thursday evening has been abandoned as the ground is not suitable for racing because it cannot be efficiently watered.

A statement issued by the track said the going was "firm, hard" because of the unseasonably dry spring, with Wincanton having used up much of its water supply to ensure the fixture on April 23 could go ahead.

Clerk of the course Barry Johnson has been left with no alternative but to abandon the upcoming meeting, and warned next Tuesday's card could also be in jeopardy.

He said: "We expect a dry period every five years, but not one as dry as this.

"We used up pretty much two-thirds of our reservoir to get on the last meeting on decent ground, but since then it's just baked and baked and baked.

"The water we've got left wouldn't even make a splash on the ground.

"We've upgraded our watering system in the last five years. We can now apply water quicker and better, but you can only store so much water.

"We're hoping to race next Tuesday, but unless there is any rain it would be a doubt, so we will talk with the BHA and see what we can do."

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