Saturday’s November Handicap meeting at Doncaster has been called off, following an inspection on Friday morning.

Clerk of the course Roderick Duncan said on Thursday that they needed a “minor miracle” for the Flat finale to go ahead after South Yorkshire was hit with torrential rain and flooding.

But with the track waterlogged with standing water in places, that didn’t happen.

Duncan said: “Doncaster and most of South Yorkshire was hit with torrential rain throughout yesterday and the racecourse has suffered as the rest of the town has.

“We have standing water right across the track and the forecast of further rainfall gives us little opportunity for enough of an improvement to think we can get the card on.”

He added: “We had 60mm of rain yesterday and have now had 84mm since and including November 1. The roads are closed all around the racecourse through flooding.”

The BHA is currently looking at contingency options, such as staging some of the races on the card at another track, but this is complicated by the six-day break in Flat racing that usually follows Doncaster’s finale.