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Kelso and Bangor decide to call off next week's fixtures.

Byline: David Yates

TWO more of next week's meetings fell to the foot and mouth crisis yesterday as fixtures scheduled for Kelso next Friday and Bangor on Saturday were cancelled.

Bangor also called off its fixture for Tuesday, April 3, but officials at Catterick are confident of being able to stage the course's first Flat meeting on March 28.

Bangor's clerk of the course Michael Webster said yesterday: "As the racecourse is in the middle of a farming community and with a dairy farm situated alongside the track, it was strongly felt that race meetings should not take place at Bangor for the time being."

The richest day's racing in Kelso's history, featuring the pounds 35,000-added Ashleybank Investments Scottish Borders National, was also abandoned because of the foot and mouth epidemic.

Prospects for the next eight racing days

TODAY

Fakenham: OFF.

Lingfield (mixed): ON.

Southwell (AW): ON.

TOMORROW

Market Rasen: ON.

Newcastle: OFF.

Uttoxeter: OFF.

Lingfield (mixed): ON.

MONDAY

Folkestone: OFF.

Southwell (AW): ON.

Ayr: OFF.

Lingfield (AW) (additional fixture): ON.

TUESDAY

Sedgefield: OFF.

Fontwell: ON (hunter chase abandoned).

Exeter: OFF. "We are in a rural area and bound up with the crisis," said

managing director

Geoffrey Billson.

Warwick (additional fixture, all-chase card): ON.

WEDNESDAY

Chepstow: OFF.

Ludlow: OFF. "It is almost impossible for us to

comply with the

guidelines-it is a

logistical nightmare," said clerk of the course Bob Davies.

Towcester: OFF. "We are in a rural and agricultural area, and in an exclusion zone," said clerk of the course Hugo Bevan

Huntingdon (additional fixture): ON.

Southwell (AW)

(additional fixture): ON.

THURSDAY

Doncaster: ON.

Wincanton: Planning to race. Final decision today.

Wolverhampton: ON.

FRIDAY

Doncaster: ON.

Newbury: ON.

Kelso: OFF. "We are right in the middle of a farming area and have decided not to race," said a course spokesman.

SATURDAY

Doncaster: ON

Bangor: OFF

Kempton: ON.

Wolverhampton: ON.

Newbury: ON.
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