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Chepstow, Perth fall to wet weather

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Chepstow's racehorse meeting on Friday night has been cancelled due to a waterlogged track. In a statement on the track’s website, officials stated: “This morning, we were very disappointed to announce that we were left with no option but to abandon Ladies Night on Friday 13 July. Following an inspection at 8am this morning, there has been continued rain (23mm) and more rain forecast for later today.”

There were a total of seven races abandoned due to the persistent rainfall that has plagued much of England for over a week. The statement further announced: “All entertainment for our Ladies Night will be transferred to the Caribbean Racenight on Friday 27 July (eve) . . .”

Perth’s National Hunt event on Sunday was also cancelled due to a waterlogged track. Clerk of the course Harriet Graham made the decision after an 8 a.m. inspection on Friday. “I'm afraid we've had to abandon, we're still waterlogged,” Graham told “It's not drying today, it's a misty, drizzly morning.”

The Met Office continues to forecast wet weather for Friday night. “Further heavy rain at first tonight in the south. The rain gradually easing through the early hours, but heavy downpours persisting in the southeast. Elsewhere, often cloudy with occasional showers.”

Betting tipsters and punters will have to set their focus on Newmarket’s various horse races this weekend which include, among others, the anticipated Darley July Cup on Saturday.