NAVAN will stage the only Irish racemeeting this weekend when it hosts a seven-race flat card on Saturday.

Following an extremely wet week, Limerick's Saturday fixture and Sunday's high-class flat card at Naas were called off on Friday morning.

A further 10mm of rain on Thursday night left Limerick partially waterlogged and Naas found itself in a similar situation.

The Naas card, which features the Gladness and Alleged Stakes, has been rescheduled for next Friday afternoon, April 13th, which clashes with day two of the Aintree Grand National meeting.

Apart from Dundalk's usual Friday evening all-weather card, there was no racing in Ireland this week since Easter Monday.

Wednesday's cancelled flat card at Leopardstown has been rescheduled for Monday week, April 16th. The fixture was called off just before 9am on Wednesday morning following heavy overnight rain.

The cancellation follows the loss of Tuesday's fixture at Fairyhouse. That card has been rescheduled for Tuesday, April 17th with fresh entries required for all races. The original Fairyhouse meeting scheduled for April 17th has been moved on by 48 hours to the evening of Thursday, April 19th.

Friday's jumps meeting at Wexford was called off just after a midday inspection on Wednesday.

Dundalk will also race next Tuesday instead of Tipperary where the track is waterlogged. The new Dundalk card will start at 4.30pm.

Only one of this weekend's five scheduled point-to-points is still standing - Dromahane in Mallow, Co Cork - though this track will be inspected at 2pm on Saturday. The points at Loughbrickland, Co Down, Courtown, Co Wexford, Rathcannon, Co Limerick and Dundalk, Co Louth, have all been called off. Both the Dundalk and Rathcannon meetings have been rescheduled for Sunday week, April 15th and the original entries stand. The Courtown fixture has been moved to April 21st.

The Ballymacad and Killeady point-to-points originally scheduled for April 15th have already been cancelled.

Met Eireann is forecasting Saturday and Sunday to be milder days with scattered heavy showers with the risk of the odd thundery downpour and good sunny spells. The forecast for the early days of next week is for more unsettled conditions.

In Britain, yesterday's Fontwell fixture was the first staged on turf since Easter Sunday, leaving all-weather racing to keep the show on the road. Kelso, Uttoxeter and Fakenham race today (along with Kempton and Wolverhampton on the all-weather). Exeter and Carlisle race on Sunday.


Apr 7 Navan

Apr 10 Dundalk

Apr 11 Dundalk (E)

Apr 12 Limerick

Apr 13 Ballinrobe (E)

Apr 13 Naas

Apr 14 Leopardstown

Apr 15 Cork

Apr 15 Tramore

Apr 16 Tramore (E)

Apr 16 Leopardstown

Apr 17 Fairyhouse

Apr 18 Dundalk (E)

Apr 19 Fairyhouse (E)

Apr 19 Tipperary (E)