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Huntingdon action

Boxing Day's meeting at Huntingdon has been abandoned due to a waterlogged track.

Officials were left with a straightforward call after inspecting the course shortly before midday on Sunday.

The Cambridgeshire venue is partly flooded following 16 millimetres of rainfall on Saturday and more rain has been forecast.

Clerk of the course Sulekha Varma said: "We called the inspection for tomorrow initially this morning when it was still dark with a view that at least people could double declare on the basis there was an inspection time here.

"Once the sun came up and we had a good look around it gradually became apparent it was going to be impossible to get rid of the water and turn around the site to have it fit and ready for racing.

"We are devastated, having lost three meetings in a row now. It's been a trying year."

Two other Boxing Day meetings face inspections on Christmas Eve, with Wetherby looking at 11am and Sedgefield at noon. Both are threatened by waterlogging.

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