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Wet weather causes chaos for Festive racing calendar with Fontwell abandoned and Welsh Grand National hanging by balance

, Wet weather causes chaos for Festive racing calendar with Fontwell abandoned and Welsh Grand National hanging by balance

STORM BELLA is playing havoc with the busy festive racing calendar.

Kempton’s King George Meeting has escaped any seriously bad weather and kicks off in style this afternoon.

But the same can’t be said for the Welsh Grand National, run at Chepstow Racecourse on Sunday.

Course officials have been forced to call an early morning inspection on the day of the big race with the ground already heavy and another 20mm expected before the race.

Fontwell have already been forced to abandon their festive meeting on Monday after nearly 100mm of rain.

The forecast for much of the country is strong winds of almost 100km per hour.

Chepstow have already been dealt a major blow as their biggest race of the season was moved behind closed doors.

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And with Wales set for another lockdown, even owners are not alllowed to attend the race.

Both the 2015 and 2017 renewals of the race were moved to January when the track was waterlogged.

The same move would likely be carried out once more if the clerk of the course deems the track un-raceable.

The Evan Williams-trained Secret Reprieve is currently the market leader for the big race.

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