Well done to all those associated with the Harkaway yesterday after getting the meeting on despite continuous heavy rain both before and after Christmas.
There were a good number of declarations although in the end the heavy ground prevented the need to divide any of the six races with 18 being the highest number of runners in any one race. Quite a few horses were brought to the course but not raced due to the conditions. It was hard work making the climb from the last fence to the unsaddling enclosure after each race as the mud got deeper and deeper. My new Hunters had a baptism of reality but came up trumps!!
The photographs show conditions as bad as any I can remember, with the jockeys and horses returning thick with Worcestershire mud. Many of the runners were finished after 2 miles and had no chance of making the 3 mile trip.
With both cars and lorries needing towing in and out of the respective parking areas, the ground took a real pasting and it's going to be a mess getting on and off the lorry park for the February meeting if it continues to be wet over the next few weeks. Also around the parade ring and on the entrance it's bad, however, there's plenty of ground unused on the track making sure they'll get good ground in February, but be worried about the areas mentioned
Will be at Cottenham again tomorrow for their second meeting of the season. As with Chaddesley. lots of entries with an 11.00 a.m. start.
Let's hope for some decent weather to compensate for Friday?