Ayr races rained off

By Martin Tighe

Today’s September Finale Raceday meeting at Ayr racecourse has been cancelled due to a waterlogged track.

The eight-race card, which included the feature £12,000 Racinguk.com seven furlong handicap race was called off at 6.45 this morning by Clerk of the course, Emma Marley.

Iain Ferguson, head of public relations at Ayr racecourse, explained the decision: “Due to the excessive rain we have had over the last few days we were left with no other option than to cancel today’s racing as the safety of the horses and jockeys is paramount.”

The course was expecting an attendance in the region of 1,000 people, however Mr Ferguson insisted that the financial loss would be “minimal”. He added: “The fixtures are handed to the racecourse 18 months in advance and unless there are multiple cancellations during the race calendar then there will be no plans to rearrange today’s racing.”

Any concerns that future meetings could be in jeopardy because of any issues with the track’s drainage were dismissed by the spokesman, who explained: “There were no particular areas of the track that were suffering waterlogging more than others. However, the bends would have had the heaviest ground. Unfortunately this is just down to the west of Scotland weather. It was only a few weeks back when we had glorious sunshine for the Ayr Gold Cup.”

The next scheduled meeting at Ayr is the Ben Raceday, the course’s final flat meet, on Thursday, October 6.

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