Weather watch: Keep up to date with which meetings are on and off this week

Mon 26 Feb 2018

By staff

This afternoon's meetings at Ayr and Plumpton go ahead after passing inspections but a number of fixtures for later this week have already been abandoned.

Plumpton officials had planned to check conditions at 8am but were able to give the go-ahead earlier than expected despite temperatures dropping below freezing overnight. The going is reported to be good to soft.

Ayr passed a second 9.30am inspection after a first check proved inconclusive.

Tuesday's meeting at Leicester has been abandoned due to a frozen track, while Catterick's meeting on the same day must pass a second inspection at 8am.

Having called an early check for 12.30pm on Monday, clerk of the course Fiona Needham was expecting the worst. However, she said: "When I called the first inspection it had started snowing and we expected it to be set in.

"At the time I thought it would be an easy decision, but five minutes later it had stopped and the sun came out.

"Currently we are still raceable but everything is saying it is going to be extremely cold with snow overnight so we'll look again in the morning."

The cold snap has claimed Wednesday's meetings at Market Rasen and Wincanton, while Taunton's card on Thursday is another casualty.

Wincanton clerk of the course Barry Johnson called off the card after walking the track on Monday afternoon.

He said: "It wasn't raceable today with no chance of it improving. We could get as low as minus 6C and the forecast is horrendous, so we thought it best to make an early call."

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