Boxing Day fixture at Huntingdon called off

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HUNTINGDON Racecourse’s scheduled Boxing Day fixture was called off at midday on Sunday because of flooding at the Cambridgeshire track.

The flood waters rose again following rain on Saturday and overnight – and further rain is forecast.

General manager Sophie Able said on Sunday: “Even if the water started to recede rapidly – and that is highly unlikely because of the rain that we are forecast for Monday – there is no prospect that the track or its facilities can be returned to order in time for Boxing Day.

“Unfortunately we have had to abandon. It is hugely disappointing for our spectators because Boxing Day is our most popular day of the year, and especially so this year after losing our November Saturday fixture because of flooding and this month’s Betfred Peterborough Chase day because of frost.”

Huntingdon Racecourse’s annual members, who are already being given complimentary admission to Kempton Park on Thursday when the re-scheduled William Hill Levy Board Peterborough Chase will be run, will be admitted free of charge at Market Rasen Racecourse’s Boxing Day meeting on production of their annual badges.

Spectators who have booked tickets for the Boxing Day meeting at Huntingdon Racecourse will be automatically refunded.

Should any advance bookers wish to attend Market Rasen’s fixture on Boxing Day, in addition to the automatic Huntingdon refund that will be processed in the next seven working days, they will be offered the concession admission rates of £21 (County), £14 (Tattersalls) and £10 (Family) on production of either their Huntingdon Boxing Day ticket or proof of purchase.