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Most Saturday race meetings still on despite cold snap

Racing at Lingfield went ahead at the weekend
All-weather tracks such as Lingfield have kept racing going recently

Saturday's racing goes ahead largely as planned after most of the courses survived the excesses of the weather.

Friday's postponed Huntingdon meeting goes ahead, with the going good to soft, soft in places, and the conditions at Lingfield are standard.

Kempton's hurdles course is soft, heavy in places, with the chase course soft.

The Wetherby meeting was called off on Friday because of snow, and racing at Naas has been postponed until Tuesday because of a waterlogged track.

There will be an inspection at Fakenham on Sunday morning to see if Monday's meeting can go ahead, but clerk of the course David Hunter said he was confident they would get the all-clear.

"It should stay dry on Sunday and Monday, with temperatures not dipping below zero," he said.

Wetherby's clerk of the course Jonjo Sanderson said about half of the track was covered in snow and wind chill meant it was unlikely to clear in a hurry.

Racecourses count cost of freeze

Sunday's scheduled meeting at Ffos Las in Wales got the green light after the track came through an 0800 GMT inspection on Thursday.

But meetings at Musselburgh on Friday and Saturday had to be abandoned because of freezing conditions, and Saturday's meetings at Warwick and Fontwell were called off on Wednesday because of the weather.

Thurles in Ireland has postponed Saturday's meeting until Sunday as the track was frost-bound on Friday. An inspection will be held at 1500 on Saturday.

The prospects for racing over the next few days are as follows:


Going ahead - Kempton, Lingfield

Abandoned - Fontwell, Warwick, Wetherby, Thurles, Musselburgh

Postponed - Naas


Going ahead - Ffos Las, Wolverhampton, Fairyhouse, Thurles (1500 inspection on Saturday)

Abandoned - Cork


Going ahead - Fakenham (inspection 1200 Fri), Plumpton, Wolverhampton

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see also
British sport ravaged by weather
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Ffos Las race meeting abandoned
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