Fontwell forced to abandon over rainfall

Racing at Fontwell Park, planned for Friday, has been abandoned because of recent rainfall  Picture by Clive Bennett

Racing at Fontwell Park, planned for Friday, has been abandoned because of recent rainfall Picture by Clive Bennett

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Friday’s jump-racing card at Fontwell Park has been abandoned.

The track has been unable to withstand six inches of rain that has fallen in the past fortnight - with another three-quarters of an inch forecast before tomorrow afternoon.

It is a blow to the course, which had attracted 101 entries for the seven-race card, including 27 in the bumper.

Now officials will turn their attention to Sunday week’s meeting, which includes one of their biggest races of the year - the Totepool Southern National.

The first of seven races is timed for 12.45pm.

We’ll have a full preview of the day in our exclusive Focus on Fontwell column in the Observer next week (Nov 14).