Southwell hopeful of getting jump racing back on the road on Monday

Sat 3 Mar 2018

Southwell clerk of the course Roderick Duncan is optimistic of jumps racing resuming at the Nottinghamshire track on Monday.

There has been no turf action in Britain since last Monday as the cold spell of weather took its toll, with Saturday's meetings at Newbury, Doncaster and Kelso the most high-profile casualties.

With Sunday's cards at Sedgefield and Huntingdon called off on Friday due to snow, Southwell appears to hold the best chance of restarting the National Hunt action at this stage.

The course is reported to be frozen in places where there is no snow, but Duncan is anticipating an improvement in conditions with temperatures starting to climb.

He said: "We have no inspection planned and on the forecast we have a live chance.

"We will see how it develops tomorrow, but on the forecast, we'd be optimistic of racing."

The picture is not quite so encouraging at Lingfield, with clerk of the course George Hill calling an 8am inspection ahead of the jumps card at the Surrey venue.

He said: "I wouldn't say I'm too hopeful, its got two days to thaw out and we're pretty solid at the moment, but I've got to give it a chance tomorrow.

"We are due to have temperatures of 3C or 4C today, possibly even 5C, and then tomorrow we are forecast 7C, possibly even 8C, which would make a difference and some rain, which should help to thaw it out.

"We'll see how it looks tomorrow, if it's going the right way, we could have another inspection."

Following a trying few days which saw all of Thursday's four scheduled cards cancelled, all three of Saturday's all-weather meetings passed morning inspections.

After losing Friday's fixtures to the weather, both Lingfield and Chelmsford were declared fit for action.

Newcastle's jumpers' bumpers card also got the go-ahead following an inspection.

The track lost meetings on Wednesday and Thursday due to snow, but the situation has improved

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