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Further check at WincantonHeadlines

Wincanton are hopeful of being able to race on Thursday despite feeling it prudent to call a second precautionary inspection at 8am.

The course was passed fit following a lunchtime inspection on Wednesday despite 15 millimetres of rain overnight and on Wednesday morning. However, more rain is forecast in the morning which could still threaten the all-chase card.

"We have passed our 12.30pm inspection. The course is raceable. There is a bit of standing water now, but nothing to worry about, they can race through it," said clerk of the course Barry Johnson.

"We are going to have another inspection at 8am in line of the forecast. It's dry and windy now, but there is a band of rain due to come through tomorrow morning, about two to three millimetres. I'm just being cautious because if we get more than that we'd be in trouble, but we are very hopeful."

Officials at Chepstow have also called an inspection for 8am on Thursday ahead of the meeting planned for Friday. The ground is currently heavy, waterlogged in places.

Clerk of the course Keith Ottesen said: "We had an enormous amount of rain, we were forecast 12-15 millimetres for Tuesday but in a 24-hour period we had 47 millimetres, and either side of that we've had 10 millimetres, so that's more than two inches in just over 36 hours.

"It was torrential almost all of Tuesday and including the snow melt we've had over 100 millimetres since Friday, hence at this time of year, with quite a worn track, it's not in good shape.

"Ironically the skies have cleared now, we're forecast a lit bit of rain but although Friday's forecast is uncertain it's looking like heavy rain from midnight on Thursday. Basically we really don't need another drop to give us a chance of racing and we can't be too optimistic, but we'll assess things at the inspection."

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