Pontefract passes impromptu inspection
Last Updated: October 21, 2013 4:31pm
Monday afternoon's meeting at Pontefract is set to go ahead after the course passed an impromptu inspection.
Following heavy rain at the West Yorkshire circuit, clerk of the course Norman Gundill was concerned about one particular area of the track and was joined by trainers, jockeys and other officials on the course.
After checking on conditions, the decision was made to doll off the problem area and give racing the green light, although there will be a delay.
"We've had 11 millimetres of rain this morning and we walked round the course at 11am and it was OK, but there was just a bit of water beginning to stand in one or two of the footings on the bend," Gundill told Racing UK.
"We said we'd have a look at 1pm and I just wanted to be happy the jockeys were happy. They are happy it is raceable off the bend, but on the bend itself where it's got chewed up it's very soft and sticky, so we're just dolling that off.
"That is going to cause a bit of a delay and then we'll get started. The jockeys have said they'll have to see how it goes. I think the rest of it is perfectly raceable. It's going to be very testing ground."