Prospects for today's race meeting at Musselburgh lie in the hands of the weather gods. With Scotland due to be hit by the tail end of Hurricane Katia later today, there is a slight risk of the meeting having to be called off.
Clerk of the course Anthea Morshead was optimistic about the meeting being able to go ahead. "Unless the Met Office tells us we're going to get hurricane force winds there will be no problem. We're expecting strong winds but from a racing point of view, a little like fog, we'll deal with it as the day goes along."
The local weather forecast suggests that the course could be subject to course of wind of up to 65 mph, but the worst of the weather is not expected until racing is due to have finished. Morshead continued, "We don't have any marquees or tentage. Everything is a permanent structure so that is not a worry, but we will not be putting out picnic tables and chairs as we normally do."
More at risk are some of the technical items that support racing. "It may be the winds are so strong we can't put the big screen up, but we will play that one by ear and the same with camera positions and putting up the hoists. RaceTech have wind meters and if it's too windy they won't go up."
Followers of Mattâ€™s "Dirty Two Dozen Trainers" will have spotted the Chris Grant trained Muwalla is due to run in the last race, a 12.5 furlong handicap. Whilst the four-year-old gelding certainly meets the criteria for small investment, I think he's one to avoid today. Grant hasn't had a winner at Musselburgh from his 10 runners over the last five years, and Muwallaâ€™s only win on turf was on good to firm going, unlike the conditions he will face this afternoon.