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Date TimeOctober 26, 2019
Voice• Doncaster and Newbury cards abandoned on Saturday • Group-level races could be saved if new homes foundHeavy overnight rain has caused the abandonment of Saturday’s race-meetings at both Doncaster and Newbury, leaving a jump-racing card at Cheltenham as the sport’s most significant fixture for the afternoon. The result is arguably good news for dedicated fans of chasing and hurdling, as ITV4 will now screen four races from Kelso as well as the planned four from Cheltenham.
‘As wet as I’ve known it’: racing hit by rain as new homes for big races sought
The loss of Doncaster’s card brings a sorry end to the Vertem Futurity Stakes, which has usually been an important two-year-old race but which this year attracted just one entry from a stable other than Aidan O’Brien’s. There was no immediate word on whether the Group One contest would be restaged but officials said they were working with all parties to “ensure the best outcome for the sport”.

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