The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has confirmed that Saturday’s card at Lingfield Park will be staged on the All-Weather.
A BHA inspection of the course on Wednesday morning found the turf track to be unraceable due to waterlogging. It is considered unlikely that conditions will have improved sufficiently by Saturday to allow any races to take place on the turf safely. Therefore, also taking into account the weather forecast suggesting further rain, the BHA has made the decision to switch the surface at this time to offer certainty for connections to confirm their running plans.
The race programme, including the Oaks Trial Fillies’ Stakes, the Lingfield Derby Trial Stakes and the Chartwell Fillies’ Stakes, will remain as scheduled, with the Oaks and Derby trials tobe contested over 1m4f as opposed to 1m3f133y. Full details of amended race distances are set out below.
All existing entries will be cancelled, with the races re-opened for new entries to close at 12 noon on Thursday 11 May, prior to 24-hour declarations at 10:00am on Friday 12 May. The updated races will be available on Racing Admin shortly.
All original entrants must re-enter if they wish to run, whilst the races are now open to all other eligible horses, whether they had previously entered or not.
Jockey bookings for all Saturday fixtures will remain open until 13:00 Friday to allow for the delayed Lingfield declarations.
Notes to editors:
1. For further information please contact the BHA Racing Department on 0207 152 0050 or via [email protected].
2. Amended race distances following the switch to the All-Weather are as follows:
|Distance||Turf exact distance||AW exact Distance|
|5f||4f 217y||5f 6y|
|1m 2f||1m 2f||1m 2f|
|1m 4f||1m 3f 133y||1m 4f|
|1m 5f||1m 5f||1m 5f|