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Racing to go ahead at Leopardstown this Friday

Updated: Friday, 27 Dec 2013 10:23 | Comments

Leopardstown racing will go ahead this Friday
Leopardstown racing will go ahead this Friday

This afternoon's fixture at Leopardstown will go ahead as scheduled, in spite of heavy overnight rain.

Officials at the Dublin circuit were on red alert after a forecast for stormy conditions heading into Friday morning.

And while another 14 millimetres of rainfall has turned the ground soft, the high-class card has been given the go-ahead.

Horse Racing Ireland tweeted: "Leopardstown to proceed today as planned, ground now soft following 14mm rain overnight.

"Forecast showers today with winds easing."

The south Dublin venue is due to hold one of its showpiece cards of the year, featuring the Dial-A-Bet Chase and the Future Champions Novice Hurdle.

Heading the cast for the Dial-A-Bet is former two-mile king Sizing Europe, who clashes with new kid on the block Arvika Ligeonniere and Arkle runner-up Baily Green as he looks to repeat last year's success.

Star of the show in the Future Champions race is The Tullow Tank, winner of the Grade One Royal Bond at Fairyhouse.

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