Officials at the Newcastle course are concerned about the ground conditions after the area suffered bad weather, including light snowfall Wednesday night, giving worry that the StanJames.com Fighting Fifth Hurdle fixture on Saturday may not have to be abandoned.
Although the track is currently covered by protection, with an inch on top of them already and more possibly to come, concerns are that with anymore snow they will become difficult to remove.
Clerk of the course James Armstrong commented, â€œWe have had some snow in the last hour and it is beginning to lie, which is not ideal. The forecasters are predicting we will get down to -1C tonight and then tomorrow we could still have this band of showers feeding off the north east coast and maybe catch some rain, sleet or snow.
"Daytime temperatures will get up to no more than 3C. Then we are due a sharper frost tomorrow night when it could get down to -3C with further snow showers possible Friday. We have a slightly less aggressive frost that could get down to 1C or -1C on Friday and Saturday morning will be quite breezy.
"Given the forecast, we are certainly due snow and it's a question of how much arrives and whether it lies but with temperatures not due to get above 3C, it's beginning to becoming a slight concern. Vast amounts of snow would make the removal of the covers all the more difficult."
Armstrong said that the course was able to be raced on, with the ground soft and heavy in parts, but they may consider inspection in the next couple of days.