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Today's meeting at Carlisle is in doubt following heavy rain. "We are heavy and waterlogged," the clerk of the course, Johnny Fenwicke- Clennell, said. "We will hold a 7.30am inspection but prospects are very doubtful."

n Sixteen horses, headed by Couldnt Be Better, stood their ground at yesterday's five-day stage for the Greenalls Grand National Trial at Haydock on Saturday. They include Lo Stregone, who took the race 12 months ago and who will again have the services of the Irish champion jockey, Charlie Swan. "He is the one they have to beat," Tom Tate, his trainer, said. "It looks like getting wet at Haydock, which will slow the others down."