No problems at Market Rasen but other meetings in jeopardy

Tue 6 Feb 2018

Overnight temperatures did not dip as low as forecast meaning Market Rasen's meeting today will go ahead as planned.

Officials were worried on Monday as some forecasts predicted a low of minus 2C with snow and sleet showers a possibility also.

A 9am inspection was called but by 7am the meeting was given the green light without hesitation.

A tweet from the official Market Rasen Twitter account read: "Racing goes ahead! No inspection required. Today's Going: Soft

"Overnight low of -1C. Forecast to be a cold day with some sunny spells but highs of only 2C."

The meeting at Sedgefield must pass a second inspection at 10am

The track was raceable when officials had their first looks at 8am, however, snow was falling at the time.

In light of further snow being forecast it was felt prudent to assess the situation once more at 10am.

Sedgefield tweeted: "The track is currently raceable however a precautionary inspection will take place at 10am due to the forecast of further snow."

The National Hunt meetings at Carlisle and Fakenham on Wednesday are under threat due to the inclement weather.

An inspection has been called at Carlisle for 3pm on Tuesday after half an inch of snow fell on already heavy ground on Monday.

Tale-offs, landings and shaded areas have been covered by frost sheets but a forecast of -3C on Tuesday night leaves them in a tricky situation.

The outlook is a little better at Fakenham who will inspect at 7am on Wednesday.

Frost sheets have also been applied on the take-offs and landings but a covering of snow has been forecast overnight.

The ground is currently described as heavy, soft in the back straight up to the open ditch.

In Ireland Fairyhouse are monitoring the situation as there is currently a light covering of snow on the track.

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