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By Simon Jackson, London24’s horse racing correspondent
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Lingfield and Ascot have modified their two-day cards scheduled for Friday and Saturday in a bid to ensure racing goes ahead as the wet weather continues to play havoc with fixtures.
Lingfield have abandoned racing on their turf track and will instead utilise the all-weather course to safeguard the valuable meeting that encompasses the Group 3 Betfred Derby Trial Stakes and Listed Betfred Oaks.
Neil Mackenzie Ross, the Lingfield clerk of the course, said: “With parts of the track now un-raceable after further rain last weekend there is no prospect of improvement.
“By transferring to the all-weather we can be confident of staging racing on Friday and Saturday and provide connections with the opportunity to run their horses.”
Meanwhile the round course at Ascot has been adversely affected by the rain and officials have opted to divide races on both Saturday and Sunday to ensure that a minimum six contests go ahead on the straight course.
“With racing on the round course highly questionable, we took the step of approaching the BHA to look at options to create six straight course races on Friday evening alongside the two round course races, which we may lose. Splitting two races, whilst arguably not ideal, will enable us, if necessary, to provide a six race card as required by the rules of racing.
“In addition we asked the BHA Executive to ensure that six races take place on the straight course on the Saturday. As a result, an extra race has been programmed, and a further race will divide at declaration.
“We’re very much supporters of the dynamic race planning initiatives that are more and more being adopted by the racecourses and the BHA in situations like this, as demonstrated last week by the quick work all round to move our Sagaro card to the all-weather at Kempton.”