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Rain cancels Leicester, track waterlogged

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Saturday's horse racing event at Leicester has been called off due to a waterlogged track. Clerk of the course Jimmy Stevenson inspected conditions Thursday morning and cancelled the meeting after more rain drenched the track the previous night.

“We had another nine millimetres of rain overnight and the track is completely waterlogged. The forecast is horrendous too, so we have abandoned [the race],” Stevenson told the Press Association. On Wednesday and Thursday, more than 15 millimetres of rainfall landed on the area surrounding the Cumbria track.

Officials had called for another round of precautionary inspections on Friday in the hopes that the track might be raceable and the race would proceed as scheduled. "We are raceable at present, but the back straight is saturated and would not want much more rain," clerk of the course Sulekha Varma said on Thursday.

“There is a very heavy band of rain crossing the country in the morning and the Met Office have put us in an amber warning zone. If we do get that rain, we would be in trouble as we are not in a position to take more.” The continued rain forecast for the weekend factored into the decision of cancelling the race.

According to the Met Office, Saturday’s weather is expected to be “continuing wet in southern Scotland and southwest England, with some fairly persistent but generally lighter rain for Northern Ireland too. Heavy, thundery showers and sunny spells developing elsewhere.”