New downpours force Goodwood to abandon race meeting

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Goodwood’s planned Thursday afternoon meeting is off after another night of steady rain.

The course’s second card of the season fell victim to a fresh downpour of 19mm overnight.

Although the track was perfectly raceable yesterday, officials planned a 6.30am inspection because of the overnight weather forecast.

They had said the ground could have coped with another 5mm or so of rain - but 12mm was predicted and 19mm fell.

It’s a blow for the course, with a bumper set of eight races having been planned involving up to 80 runners in total.

Now they have a fortnight to pray for better weather ahead of their three-day May festival starting on Thursday 24.