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Sunday 19 August 2018

Washed out Fairyhouse should be back next week

Punters on Monday braved the rain at Fairyhouse. Photo: Collins
Punters on Monday braved the rain at Fairyhouse. Photo: Collins

The final day of the Fairyhouse racing festival was called off yesterday following torrential downpours.

The first two days of the Irish Grand National fixture went ahead as planned, but heavy overnight rain forced an early end to the Easter festival at the Co Meath circuit, with more than 10mm of rain overnight.

General Manager of Fairyhouse racecourse Peter Roe said the day will be rescheduled as soon as possible, saying the conditions of the course were deemed too unfit for the races to carry on.

"We are looking at a reschedule date as soon as we can get one. The biggest issue is the track is very wet.

"We are looking at next week," he told the Herald, noting they did not have a fixed date just yet.

Easter Monday saw plunging temperatures and frequent rainfall on the Ratoath racecourse but the day still ran smoothly. However, the heavy rainfall from Monday night continued throughout yesterday on the course.

"It was an easy forecast to make. We had a downpour. It was the right call to make.

"All the runners in the National came home safe, it didn't look pretty, but they were all safe.

"It wasn't the most pleasant day weather wise but we got through it," he said.

While there will be mostly sunny weather tomorrow across the country, there will be widespread rainfall tomorrow night with winds on Friday.

Unsettled

A spokesperson for Met Eireann said conditions are likely to remain unsettled into next week.

"Temperatures have been colder than normal over the last week, generally between 2-3C below normal. They will increase a little over the main days but overall will remain below normal."

They also noted that drying conditions on the ground will be poor.

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