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Weather watch: Musselburgh meeting gets green light

Fri 19 Jan 2018

This afternoon's fixture at Musselburgh goes ahead after three inspections.

Clerk of the course Harriet Graham said there was no overnight snow, but that there was a "slight surface frost" when she inspected the track before daybreak.

Temperatures rose, though, and the meeting got the green light about 11am.

The going is soft, with the first of seven races due off at 12.40pm.

Haydock's big meeting on Saturday must pass an 8am precautionary inspection on raceday morning.

The Merseyside circuit has sustained 42 millimetres of rain from Wednesday, with 14mm having fallen on Thursday.

There is also the threat of frost, with temperatures likely to drop to minus 2C on Friday night.

The going at Haydock, due to feature four Grade Twos on the card, is currently heavy.

Clerk of the course Kirkland Tellwright said: "We've had two inches of rain in the last week and it's not finished yet.

"Today is showery, but tomorrow is better. The main concern now is there is a frost that is more severe than forecast.

"The at-risk areas are covered, but the covers work better when they are perched up above dry-ish ground.

"It's therefore prudent to call a precautionary inspection at 8am. If we survive that, I think we should be fine."

The National Hunt fixture at Newcastle on Sunday must pass an 8am inspection on Saturday.

Clerk of the course James Armstrong said there is between two and three inches of snow on the track, though he has reported a "slight improvement".

Armstrong said in a statement: "Set to remain mainly shower free between now and Sunday. Monitoring forecast closely and updates will follow."

The going is currently soft, heavy in places.

"It's therefore prudent to call a precautionary inspection at 8am. If we survive that, I think we should be fine."

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