Rain threatens big Wetherby race meeting

Wetherby Racecourse’s big festive meeting on Boxing Day must pass an 11am inspection today.

A total of 15 millimetres of rainfall on Saturday has left the Yorkshire circuit still waterlogged in places. Although forecasts are conflicting, more rain could also be on its way in the next few days.

Wetherby clerk of the course Jonjo Sanderson said: “We had 36 millimetres of rain between Wednesday night and Friday morning and that left us flooded in the back straight.

“A dry day on Friday was a massive help and I would say 40 per cent of the water had gone, but then we had 14 or 15 millimetres of rain on Saturday which halted our progress.

“It was no worse on Sunday morning, but unfortunately it is no better and we need to see some progress to give us a fighting chance of racing.

“Originally we were forecast three dry days on the run-up to Boxing Day, but now one or two forecasts are saying we could get another 15 millimetres of rain, which we could obviously do without.

“If we are showing signs of improvement later, then we’ll look again on Boxing Day.”

Update: A further inspection will be made on Wednesday, December 26 at 8.30am.

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