Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 22 July 2014

Rain playing havoc with racing fixtures

Tonight's meeting at Clonmel has been abandoned due to a waterlogged track.

Officials had planned to inspect the track at 8.30am this morning but heavy rain forced them to make an early call.

“They've had further significant rainfall and their clerk of the course, Lorcan Wyer, decided there was no point holding out until the morning. It's just unraceable,” said the Irish Turf Club's Cliff Noone.

Last night’s meeting at Killarney also had to be abandoned — despite passing an earlier inspection. Following an initial look, the track was passed fit for racing but a further three millimetres of rain fell on the course making it unraceable.

Very soft ground could scupper Yeats' appearance in the Irish Field St Leger at the Curragh on September 12.

Aidan O'Brien's veteran created history when winning a fourth Gold Cup at Royal Ascot back in June and has been prepared for the Curragh Group One, which he won in 2007, ever since.

However, the master of Ballydoyle has issued an early warning that with all the rain around in Ireland at present, the eight-year-old may be a doubtful starter.

“He's in good shape. He's had a break since Ascot but is in good form,” he said.

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