The St Stephen's Day meeting at Huntingdon has been abandoned due to flooding.

Clerk of the course Sulekha Varma initially planned to inspect at 8am on Christmas Day after the Environment Agency warned of the possibility of flooding in the nearby Alconbury and Ellington Brooks.

Varma later brought that check forward to 12pm today as water levels continued to rise but as the track has now flooded, she has no option but to call off the card.

She said: "The water is flowing in quite quickly now, it has started to come onto the track and the stables are already gone.

"Unfortunately we seemed to be cursed, but I suppose the one bonus is that we got the Peterborough Chase meeting in this year.

"We looked set for a mild Christmas and not long ago we were thinking we'd escape any of this.

"It's not the rain on the track that's the problem, it's the fact that it has fallen elsewhere and that is coming down to us."