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Jump racing will be absent until Wednesday unless Catterick card survives

Jump racing in Britain might be absent until Wednesday, unless Catterick's meeting on Tuesday survives.

Fontwell managed to stage its popular National Spirit day on Sunday, but Monday's cards at Plumpton and Carlisle were lost to waterlogging, as was Tuesday's fixture at beleaguered Leicester.

However, there was hope Catterick could be in action.

Its clerk of the course Fiona Needham said on Sunday morning: "We drain very well. We have had another 9mm of rain overnight and we're due quite a bit tonight, but then it's meant to clear out and be dry Monday night into Tuesday.

"If that happens, we should be okay. We'll just have to wait and see what happens tonight."

The going at Catterick was described as heavy and Needham added: "It's a very free-draining course. We lost our last meeting, but that was because the river came up and the stables flooded. I don't envisage that happening, as that's only when we get significant rain up the dales."

Fairyhouse's meeting on Monday is also off, leaving Southwell and Wolverhampton to host all-weather Flat cards, one of which will also take place at Lingfield on Tuesday.

Jumping is scheduled for Wednesday with Market Rasen, Musselburgh and Wincanton on duty.

Daniel Cooper oversees Wincanton and said on Sunday: "I walked it this morning and I imagine we'll be around the soft-heavy mark. We're soft, heavy in places. The rain we were expecting today has pushed into Monday, so today has become a bright, overcast day.

"I wasn't keen on putting the going out to soft because the back straight is still going to be quite testing ground. If the rain comes tomorrow I think that will keep us to where we are now.

"We are very optimistic about racing, though."

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