Redcar Racecourse officials are optimistic about Monday's scheduled meeting following changes to the racing programme by the British Horseracing Authority.

The BHA has confirmed that due to the Round Course at Redcar currently being waterlogged, the racecourse, in conjunction with the BHA Racecourse Inspectorate, has abandoned the three ten furlong races due to be run on April 15.

Instead, the BHA has planned three additional races on the straight course in order to give the fixture the best chance of going ahead. These races will be a five furlong handicap for four-year-olds and over rated between 51 and 70; a Band B restricted novice race over seven furlongs, for three, four and five-year-olds; and a seven furlong handicap for three-year-olds rated 46-60.

The proactive steps follow Redcar's first planned meeting of the season, on April 1, having to be abandoned due to the heavy rain that has affected all parts of the country, and led to racing fixtures being cancelled elsewhere.

Redcar's general manager, Amy Fair, said: "We were all bitterly disappointed to lose our first meeting and these changes to the racing programme for Monday are aimed at giving us every chance of racing. The weather forecast for later this week and up to the weekend is positive, so we remain optimistic that we will be able to stage a competitive day's racing and get our season underway."

Declarations close at 10am on Saturday 13 April.