Listowel hopeful tomorrow’s card will go-ahead

Today’s meeting at Listowel has been called off due to a waterlogged track.

While Sunday’s fixture got the go-ahead following an inspection, yesterday’s meeting at the venue was also cancelled due to an unraceable surface.

A total of 45 millimetres of rain is reported to have fallen in the past 24 hours and officials are monitoring the situation with racing scheduled for the rest of the week.

The track will stage an extra jumps card on Sunday. The meeting will close for entries today with declarations to run to be made by 10am on Friday.

The Lartigue Hurdle will feature among four events over the smaller obstacles with two chases and a bumper also on the card. The Irish Racehorse Trainers Association has also requested the conditions for the Clievearagh Handicap Chase at Listowel on Saturday be altered to cater for the horses which are liable for ballot in the Guinness Kerry National tomorrow.

Looking ahead, further showers were forecast through last night and today although the picture is brighter for later in the week. Race committee member Pat Healy said: “It’s full steam ahead for Wednesday.

“We had 30mm of rain between Sunday evening and Monday morning. With the Flat racing and two-year-olds we were going to have, we would not have been able to get through the card.

“The forecast for Tuesday and onwards is a bit better. There will be fresh ground every day. I am pretty confident about Wednesday.”

Following the cancellation of the two Listowel meetings Horse Racing Ireland has announced two replacement Flat meetings at Navan on Monday 21st September and at Naas on Wednesday 23rd September respectively.

Entries for the Navan meeting will close by 12 noon on Wednesday 16th September while entries for the Naas meeting will close by 12 noon on Thursday 17th September and full details of the race programmes will be announced today.


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