Weekend racing at Newbury Racecourse called off
Beer festival to go ahead as planned
TODAY'S racing at Newbury Racecourse has been called off.
A water logged course has led to the Dubai Duty Free Spring Friday being cancelled.
However, the beer festival is scheduled to go ahead.
The racing was meant to kick off Newbury's 2016 season, with the meeting often proving pivotal in terms of early season form.
The racecourse has also abandoned tomorrow's Dubai card because of the weather.
A spokesman for Newbury Racecourse, Andy Clifton, said: "Racing on Saturday 16 April has been abandoned due to unraceable conditions. However, we will still be holding our Beer Festival with free entry for all customers and all beers and ciders charged at £2 per pint, with all proceeds going to charity.
"The Beer Festival will take place between 12-6pm on the Copper King Lawn behind the Dubai Duty Free Grandstand. Parking will be available in Car Parks 2 and 4, with access to the racecourse available via the Grandstand and Premier Entrances.
"There will be live music from 1.30pm from acoustic duo Steve Carroll and Megan Rhodes, as well as street food from Black Pig Catering, MYO Italian and Shakey’s Diner who will stock soft drinks.. We will also be showing the Barclay’s Premier League match between Sunderland and Norwich (kick off 12:45pm) and selected racing throughout the afternoon on screens in the Beer Festival Marquee."
The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for rain today.
The warning states that heavy showers or some longer spells of rain are expected to become more widespread particularly in the afternoon and early evening.
Although some places will miss the heavier rain, the Met Office has warned of the possibility of local surface water flooding.
The warning is in effect from 12pm until 8pm today.