Bad weather threatens Midlands Grand National at Uttoxeter Racecourse

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Heavy rain is threatening the key Betfred Midlands Grand National meeting at Uttoxeter tomorrow.

Severe rainstorms have hit the East Staffordshire area in the past 48 hours.

It is a hugely important meeting, both financially and socially.

Uttoxeter Racecourse Executive Director David Macdonald explained the importance of hosting Saturday’s event.

“We estimate this meeting is worth four or five million pounds to the local economy, so there are many people keeping things crossed about the weather at the moment,” said MacDonald.

“All the bed and breakfasts, the hotels and pubs are fully booked.

“It’s very very important not just to the economy but to the racecourse itself, it’s one of our biggest meetings of the year, our flagship, so fingers crossed.

There will be an inspection on Saturday morning to confirm if the meeting will go ahead, but MacDonald is still feeling positive.

“At the moment the track is raceable, it’s very wet but we need a bit of luck.

“We’re calling a precautionary inspection in the morning and we’ll have to have a look at that.

“At the moment we’re not looking at the negatives, we’re keeping positive.”

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