09 February 2020 12:51
IT was Storm Ciara three, racing nil on Sunday as all meetings across Britain and Ireland were cancelled. Gale force winds meant Exeter, Southwell and Punchestown were all forced to call their fixtures off. 1 Credit: Getty Images - Getty Jumps action at Exeter was first to fall by the wayside as officials called racing off prior to their 8am inspection. The course said: "Unfortunately Racing today has been Abandoned. Wind speeds have reached unacceptable mph gusts this morning, and our localised forecast predict this to continue for the remainder of today, affecting our racing operation, public safety and grandstand areas." The all-weather card at Southwell was next to go as the track said winds were too high to ensure equine and human safety.
Punchestown were confident their card would get the thumbs up but were forced to act after heavy rain fell before 9am. LATEST IN RACING Breaking STORM UPDATE Roundup as fixtures across GAA, soccer and others have been postponed or moved Top Picks FESTIVAL 50 Counting down our favourite Cheltenham horses of all time Racing Tips TEMPLEGATE'S TREBLE Top tipster Templegate's best bets for the racing this Sunday Racing Tips HOT OFF THE PRESS Don't miss The Sun's each-way thief and NAPs for today right here Review NEWBURY REPORT Altior and Native River warm up for Cheltenham with decisive wins at Newbury Racing Tips THE BETTING SPY Don't miss Richard Robinson's top tips for Saturday's racing Exclusive TWIST 'N' SHOUT Don't miss Sun Racing ambassador Sam Twiston-Davies' latest column Top Picks FESTIVAL 50 Counting down our favourite Cheltenham horses of all time Racing Tips ITV RACING TIPS Top Tipster Templegate's best bets for ITV's racing on Saturday The Irish track tweeted: "Following a further 27mm since 8am racing is now cancelled." Punchestown then announced that the fixture would be re-arranged for Tuesday, with the original entries still standing. The weather is set to improve tomorrow but Plumpton has called an inspection for 8am tomorrow. Winds are expected to ease before then. But up to 20mm of rain is forecast on ground already described as heavy, soft in places. Lingfield's Tuesday fixture has also been abandoned after it inspected the waterlogged course on Sunday.