Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 23 August 2014

Meetings under threat from weather

The cold snap continues to threaten the Boxing Day action with four of the six National Hunt meetings already subject to inspections today.

Towcester's Christmas card fell yesterday and while temperatures across the country are set to rise from today onwards, there is a general feeling that the damage may already have been done with many courses currently covered in snow.

That is certainly the case at Sedgefield who inspect today.

It is a similar situation further down the A1 at Wetherby, who need conditions to improve if they are going to pass a 2pm inspection today.

Market Rasen will also check at 2pm and with four inches of snow lying on the track, clerk of the course Nick Patton is not optimistic.

Down Royal will inspect tomorrow but there are no problems anticipated ahead of the King George meeting at Kempton, with the frost covers seemingly doing their job and it is a similar story for Wincanton where there are no plans for an inspection.

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