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Chafer grub infestation forces Epsom to abandon sprint race.

OFFICIALS at Epsom have been forced to abandon the 5f race due to take place at their meeting next Saturday after a chafer grub infestation took hold on the five-furlong chute - a year after an identical infestation struck the course, writes Tom Kerr.

Recent inspections have revealed that chemicals used to treat the problem earlier this year have failed to eradicate the pests.

A 1m class 4 nursery, which will close according to standard practice on Monday, has been added to the meeting to replace the cancelled race.

Chafer grub Clerk of the course, Andrew Cooper, said yesterday: "Following a similar occurrence at last year's corresponding fixture the entire course was treated with an appropriate insecticide immediately after this year''s Derby festival.

"The success of that treatment only becomes fully apparent at this time of the year when the grubs become active within the soil - unfortunately we became aware on Thursday of grub damage within the five-furlong chute that has caused de-stabilising of patches of turf in that area.

"While it is not as severe as last year it is bad enough to rule out the fivefurlong course next week. The Derby course is unaffected."
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Title Annotation:Sports
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Sep 25, 2010
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