Nick Cheyne, clerk of the course, said: "I'm dumbfounded at how the course has absorbed so much rain. We were even watering at the end of last week but it has gone through the ground like a sieve."
Only three horses contested yesterday's pounds 25,000 Coopers & Lybrand Ascot Hurdle, which Muse won by 12 lengths.
Racing in Britain was yesterday cleared of charges of widespread ill- treatment of former racehorses. A report by the International League for the Protection of Horses concluded there was no substance in allegations of large-scale mistreatment which came to prominence in the television programme "They Shoot Horses, Don't They?",