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Track hopeful of avoiding tailend of hurricane.

LISTOWEL officials were yesterday keeping their fingers crossed that the weathermen had got their forecasts right, as they predicted that northern coastal towns would be more at risk when the tailend of Hurricane Katia hits the west coast of Ireland tonight, writes Jessica Lamb.

Met Eireann yesterday issued a warning for gales of up to 130km per hour and predicted heavy rainfall, but added that the brunt of this stormy weather would be felt further north than Listowel, with the coastal counties of Connacht and Ulster most at risk.

Listowel sits in the northern region of Munster, just south of Connacht, and the track's director Pat Healy was yesterday hopeful that the worst of the weather would bypass the course, which begins its seven-day Harvest Festival today.

He said: "It seems it will miss us and the worst of it will be up towards Clare rather than down with us.

"We don't have a marquee until ladies' day on Friday, so the wind is unlikely to affect us. We'll keep our fingers crossed, but once we get Sunday night and Monday out of the way we should be home and hosed."

The ground was yesterday officially described as soft with a furlong of yielding ground reported in the back straight.
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Title Annotation:Sports
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Sep 11, 2011
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