The British Horseracing Authority has today announced two provisional new races at Taunton’s fixture on 24 April. This is because, in light of the current going and weather forecast, the ground may not be suitable for the two steeple chases currently programmed.
The current going description at Taunton is currently Good to Firm and watering, with limited chance of showers in the forecast between now and next Wednesday. As such two hurdle races have been provisionally programmed. Entries for these two contests as well as the six existing races will close at 12 noon, Thursday 18 April.
A decision will then be taken as soon as it can be to see if the original six-race card can go ahead, or whether the two existing chases are replaced by the two new contests.
Declarations will be made as usual by 10am on Tuesday 23 April. Full race details and conditions for all existing and provisional races, as well as further fixture information, will be available via the BHA Racing Admin site www2.racingadmin.co.uk shortly.
Bob Young, Managing Director at Taunton Racecourse, said:
“With no recordable rain since 10th April, and following the high winds over the weekend and still blowing today, the ground is currently Good to Firm.
“After tomorrow there is no rain forecast here until after the Easter weekend with temps forecast to rise up to 21C by Friday and beyond.
“This follows an unseasonably dry winter experienced everywhere, so the decision to have an all hurdle card as a back-up has been made should the forecast prove correct.
“In the meantime irrigation is being applied to provide as much good ground as possible.”
Notes to editors:
1. For further information please contact the BHA Racing Department on 0207 152 0050 or [email protected].