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Horse racing decimated with meetings across Great Britain axed next week as record temperatures soar to 40C

HORSE racing fixtures on Monday and Tuesday have been decimated amid the first ever red weather warning due to the extreme heat.

Five meetings in all have been abandoned, the British Horseracing Authority confirmed.

The BHA have abandoned five meetings on Monday and Tuesday due to the forecast weather

Temperatures are set to soar to 40C and bosses have taken the decision to protect the welfare of horses, jockeys and all those involved at the racecourse.

Scheduled fixtures at Beverley and Windsor on Monday have been called off.

While Tuesday’s all-weather cards at Chelmsford and Wolverhampton and Southwell’s jumps fixture have all been cancelled.

Richard Wayman, the BHA’s chief operating officer, said: “The BHA’s number one priority in the staging of any meeting is the wellbeing of all involved, human and equine.

“Following the issuing of the first ever extreme heat warning by the Met Office, we are taking sensible precautions and have made a decision as soon as possible in order to provide certainly for those impacted.”

Fixtures at Ayr, Cartmel and Musselburgh, where temperatures are expected to be cooler, will still go ahead.

More to follow.

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