Cold Snap Wreaks Havoc With Racing Fixtures

The fixture to be held on Wednesday at Catterick has now been cancelled because of snowfall, making the racecourse the latest to succumb to the recent spate of bad weather.

Racing at Catterick

Racing at Catterick

The clerk of the course, Fiona Needham reasoned not to put off the inevitable, with a five inch cover of snow currently standing on the track.

She announced, "There's no hope of it improving at all. We had another inch of snow overnight, it's snowing heavily now and it's forecast to continue."

National Hunt meetings scheduled to be held on Tuesday at Hereford and Southwell were cancelled on Sunday, although there will be an all weather six event fixture at Southwell.

Clerk of the course Roderick Duncan said, "The all-weather track is being well worked, and we're not anticipating any problems."

Expecting another dismal night of weather, officials at Plumpton will inspect the track at 8am on Tuesday prior to the scheduled Wednesday meeting.

"We had another frost last night of minus 5C, so the last three nights have been minus 4C, minus 6C and minus 5C. It has got into the ground so the course is frozen in places," said clerk of the course Mark Cornford.

"We are calling an inspection at 8am on Tuesday.

"Tonight we are expected to see another frost and tomorrow there is quite a strong possibility of snow showers. It's not looking good but we will look at the situation in the morning."

Officials at Ayr are also pessimistic about their chances of racing of Wednesday after calling a 12 noon inspection on Monday.

Course officials at Ayr will inspect the course midday Monday, before their card on Wednesday, with the clerk of the course at Ayr, Emma Marley saying that the situation does not look good.

She commented, "We have had persistently low overnight temperatures and we also have a light covering of snow.

"The forecast is for further low temperatures overnight and only 0C to 1C in the daytime so we have deemed it necessary to inspect.

"We are frozen in places too so it's not looking too bright."

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