TUESDAY’S meeting at Salisbury has been abandoned after the track was found to be damaged by chafer grubs.
The grubs have already forced officials at Epsom to call off Thursday’s fixture, with both tracks deemed unfit for racing.
The soil-dwelling grubs eat the roots of grass, causing the turf to become loose and unsafe.
Salisbury clerk of the course Jeremy Martin said the affected area of the track was perfectly safe on Monday.
Martin said: “We discovered some areas of loose turf on the loop section of the racecourse and further out on the outside some badger scratchings as well.
“So although we only think it’s affecting the loop section, we can not guarantee that the straight course is unaffected.
“We need more time to fully assess the situation and the BHA are coming to have a look today.
Safety is paramount and sadly we’ve had to pull the plug on today’s meeting.
“It’s not something I’ve ever seen here before since arriving in 2001, this is the first time but it does appear to be chafer grub damage.
“There was no indication of a problem previously and I walked the course twice yesterday.
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“It’s been discovered this morning and we’ve found several areas on the loop section with a loose surface so it’s happened overnight.
“We race again Friday, we’ll talk to the BHA about the best course of action.
“While I haven’t looked at how long the treatment takes, if the straight course is unaffected we may be able to stage a meeting just on there but that all needs to be discussed.”
Epsom have also pulled the plug on their Thursday fixture after the grubs caused damage to the track overnight on Sunday.
Clerk of the course Andrew Cooper said work to fix the problem was underway.
He said: “We’re very disappointed to lose the fixture. This is a problem that can arise overnight and was identified earlier today (Monday) during a routine walk of the course ahead of racing on Thursday.”