Day 1 of York festival called off

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<p>YORK – Day 1 of York’s Ebor Festival has been abandoned due to a waterlogged…

<p>YORK – Day 1 of York’s Ebor Festival has been abandoned due to a waterlogged track. Wednesday’s fixture is also in doubt, with officials calling a 4pm inspection.</p>
<p>Heavy overnight rain on the Knavesmire left the meeting untenable after an 8.30am inspection was called early this morning. The six-race card was set to feature a mouthwatering duel between Duke Of Marmalade and New Approach in the G1 Juddmonte International Stakes. Officials hope to run that contest and the Great Voltigeur later in the week.</p>
<p>Clerk of the course William Derby accepted he was left with no option but to abandon. He said: &quot;We’ve abandoned racing for today following 11mm of overnight rain. There has also been continuing rain this morning, which started up again at around 8am. We will also hold an inspection at 4pm for racing for the rest of the week.&quot;</p>
<p>Derby is, however, investigating the possibility of rescheduling Tuesday’s three Group races for later in the week. &quot;We are looking at the feasibility with the British Horseracing Authority and other parties at staging today’s Group races later this week. We will make an announcement on this issue later in the day.&quot; – Racing Post.</p>

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