Beverley and Tipperary meetings off

Beverley’s first meeting of the season on Wednesday has been abandoned as the track is waterlogged in places.

Incessant rainfall in April left three waterlogged areas on the home straight which will not have sufficiently dried out for raceday.

Head groundsman John Morley and Beverley chief executive Sally Iggulden made the decision to abandon the eight-race fixture after a course inspection at 8am on Tuesday.

Iggulden said: “Despite seeing some improvement to the waterlogged areas, the rate of drying is not giving us sufficient reassurance that racing could safely go ahead.

“It’s obviously a very disappointing start to the season, but there is still an awful lot to look forward to at Beverley this summer – starting with next Thursday’s meeting on April 26.

“I’m certain we will soon be back on track.”

Incessant rainfall in April left three waterlogged areas on the home straight which will not have sufficiently dried out for raceday.

Head groundsman John Morley and Beverley chief executive Sally Iggulden made the decision to abandon the eight-race fixture after a course inspection at 8am on Tuesday.

Iggulden said: “Despite seeing some improvement to the waterlogged areas, the rate of drying is not giving us sufficient reassurance that racing could safely go ahead.

“It’s obviously a very disappointing start to the season, but there is still an awful lot to look forward to at Beverley this summer – starting with next Thursday’s meeting on April 26. I’m certain we will soon be back on track.”

Thursday’s meeting at Tipperary has been cancelled following heavy rain at the track.

Officials assessed conditions on Tuesday morning following 24 millimetres of overnight rain and opted to call off the card.

Horse Racing Ireland tweeted: “The fixture scheduled for Tipperary on Thursday, April 19, has been cancelled as the track is unfit for racing following 24mm of rain overnight.”

Friday’s card at Kilbeggan was cancelled on Monday, but HRI has announced the meeting will now transfer to Limerick on the same evening.

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