Weather watch: Haydock clerk 'optimistic' for Saturday card

Thu 18 Jan 2018

Officials at Haydock are upbeat about the chances of Saturday's meeting going ahead.

The Merseyside venue is due to stage four Grade Two heats, including the Peter Marsh Chase and the Unibet Champion Hurdle Trial, but the track has seen plenty of rain this week with the going now described as heavy.

While clerk of the course Kirkland Tellwright is anticipating further rain before racing, he believes the track will be fit for action.

He said: "We had half an inch of rain overnight and there is more rain forecast today and tomorrow, with a drier outlook on Saturday.

"The temperatures are now forecast to stay above zero and the winds are dropping.

"We are optimistic of racing going ahead. There are no plans for an inspection at the moment."

Meanwhile, Musselburgh's meeting on Friday is now subject to an 8am precautionary inspection on raceday morning.

Clerk of the course Harriet Graham had intended to inspect the track at 3pm today, but an inch of snow which fell earlier in the week has now melted.

Musselburgh's team will instead assess conditions in the morning, but Graham warned of an "increasing risk of showers overnight, with temperatures dipping to about freezing".

The going is currently soft.

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