Exeter's National Hunt meeting on Thursday call off because of waterlogging

Last Updated: 20/12/12 1:01pm

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No jumps action at Exeter

No jumps action at Exeter

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Exeter's hopes of staging the Peterborough Chase this afternoon have been scuppered by rain.

The Devon track has suffered a deluge in the last 24 hours with 46mm of rain falling on ground that was already soft.

An 8am inspection was called yesterday by clerk of the course Barry Johnson but incessant overnight heavy rain left him with an easy decision to call the meeting off early.

"It is still absolutely hammering down and we are due another 10mm before 11am," said Johnson.

"There's no point delaying it, we've got no chance of racing so we may as well call it off now.

"It's so frustrating, it was a good card, especially with the Peterborough Chase which may have only had five runners but it was an interesting race."

The meeting at Downpatrick in Ireland is also off with parts of the track deemed unfit for racing at an 8am inspection.

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