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Weather watch: Cold snap taking heavy toll on fixtures

Wed 28 Feb 2018

Newbury's jumps meeting on Friday has been abandoned as the wintry weather continues to wreak havoc with the racing programme.

Clerk of the course Richard Osgood was left with a straightforward decision to cancel the fixture as parts of the track are frozen solid.

He made the early call to abandon following a 4pm course inspection on Wednesday.

Friday's meeting at Doncaster was abandoned earlier in the day - as was the Irish fixture at Dundalk on Friday evening.

The Flat meeting on Friday at Chelmsford must pass a 1pm inspection on Thursday after four inches of snow overnight.

Kempton's card on Thursday is now subject to a precautionary inspection at 11am on raceday as there is the "potential for 5cm to 10cm (of snow) throughout the day".

Newcastle is also scheduled to stage racing on Thursday but will assess conditions at 8am.

The Thursday cards at Ludlow, Taunton and Clonmel have already been abandoned.

Doncaster's big meeting on Saturday is subject to a 12pm inspection on Thursday, while Kelso's attractive jumps card on the same day was called off on Wednesday morning.

Newbury stages a National Hunt programme on Saturday, but Osgood will assess conditions on Thursday before making a decision.

There has been no jumps racing since the meetings at Ayr and Plumpton on Monday.

But to help keep the show on the road, an additional all-weather Flat fixture will at least take place at Southwell on Sunday.

WEDNESDAY:

Market Rasen, Musselburgh, Market Rasen, Newcastle - OFF

Wolverhampton (first race 2.15)

THURSDAY:

Ludlow, Taunton, Clonmel - OFF

Newcastle, all-weather (1.50) - 8am inspection Thursday

Meydan (3.05)

Kempton, all-weather (5.55)

FRIDAY:

Doncaster, Newbury and Dundalk - OFF

Lingfield, all-weather (2.30)

Chelmsford, all-weather (5.45) - inspection 1pm on Thursday

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