Big cards look to beat rain

Last Updated: 24/12/12 2:40pm

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Brian Clifford: Hoping for dry weather

Brian Clifford: Hoping for dry weather

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Hopes are high of all nine remaining meetings scheduled for Boxing Day going ahead, although Chepstow's Coral Welsh National fixture on Thursday has already been called off.

Huntingdon's Boxing Day card was abandoned on Sunday due to a flooded track and while Wetherby will have to pass an inspection, the overall picture appears positive at most venues.

Kempton's William Hill King George VI Chase day is the undoubted highlight and clerk of the course Brian Clifford reports the Sunbury venue as ready to race.

He said: "We are soft, heavy in places. We have had five millimetres of rain overnight, but it's dry and breezy now.

"We are forecast showers throughout today and tomorrow with a more organised band of rain possibly moving through tomorrow morning.

"It is then forecast to be dry overnight and into Boxing Day morning and staying that way until mid to late afternoon which would be great.

"We are 60% soft and 40% heavy, but we will be on fresh ground."

Wetherby are due to stage the Rowland Meyrick Chase but the track must pass an 8.30am inspection on raceday morning.

Clerk of the course Jonjo Sanderson remains upbeat about their chances of going ahead.

He said: "Yesterday was dry, bright and sunny and we have seen the expected improvement.

"Around 70 or 80% of the waterlogging has gone and we now have some small areas of standing water which we could probably weave around.

"It would be touch and go if we were racing today but after seeing Ascot and Haydock at the weekend, we could work around it.

"We have a mixed forecast for today with anything from half an inch to a couple of millimetres forecast, so we will have a look at 8.30am on Boxing Day."

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