Officials at Gowran Park are optimistic Saturday's high-quality
card will get the green light despite significant rainfall over the past week
and the looming presence of Storm Dennis, writes Mark Boylan.
General manager Eddie Scally said on Thursday: "The track has been heavy all week and we've had 78mm of rain since Saturday, 15mm to 16mm of that came last night.
"It's as heavy as you'd want it and thankfully today has been a really good drying day. I'd be very optimistic of us going ahead with racing as long as Friday isn't too bad."
The Kilkenny venue could be set for some cracking action this weekend, as the Grade 2 Red Mills Chase and Grade 3 Red Mills Trial Hurdle take centre stage, with the presence of Storm Dennis on Saturday not expected to have a significant impact.
"Saturday's forecast is for high winds that finish by midday, with 5mm to 6mm of rain following that during racing," explained Scally.
"We have plenty of marquees and spoke to the company we're working with on that front - they're not concerned about the winds causing problems."
The Clonmel meeting, which was scheduled for this Thursday but was cancelled due to waterlogging, has been rescheduled for Wednesday, March 4.
The programme of races will be announced in due course, with fresh entries to be made by midday on Thursday February 27.