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Worcester jump race under threat of rain

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Worcester's jump meeting on Wednesday evening could be cancelled due to standing water on the racecourse. Track officials will make a further inspection on Tuesday to assess jump race conditions.

“River levels at Worcester have risen very rapidly over the weekend and whilst we didn't have a great deal of rain and the river hasn't burst its banks we currently have standing water on the track in places, primarily on the Cathedral bend,” clerk of the course Fergus Cameron told

“The majority of the track is absolutely fine. However, in view of the fact that at present river levels remain very high and we do expect another 15 millimetres of rain between now and Wednesday, the decision has been made to put an inspection in place tomorrow morning to see where we stand.”

If the meeting goes forward, ground conditions are likely to negate original betting odds set by racing tipsters given that the performance of horses can vary significantly under testing conditions. According to Met Office’s weather forecast for Wednesday: “Another wet day across Northern Ireland and central areas of Britain, and also windy here. Some heavy showers are likely to break out across central and eastern England.”

Across the Atlantic Ocean, weather problems are also hounding horse racing conditions, albeit for a different reason. Citing a forecast that calls for extreme heat and humidity, Suffolk Downs has canceled live racing for Tuesday, July 17. “The health and safety of our athletes are always of foremost concern,” said Chip Tuttle, chief operating officer of the track located near Boston, Mass.