Saturday’s Haydock card hinges on Thursday inspection

Haydock’s classy card on Saturday is already under severe threat with an inspection called for 8am on Thursday.

The Merseyside venue, which is due to host four Grade Two contests including The New One Unibet Hurdle and the Peter Marsh Chase, has been in the “eye” of Storm Christoph, according to clerk of the course Kirkland Tellwright.

Conditions at the track are reported to be heavy, waterlogged in places following 18 millimetres of rain on Monday and a further 22mm on Tuesday, with another deluge forecast for Wednesday.

Temperatures are then set to drop markedly on Friday evening with a frost forecast.

Tellwright said: “We’ve called an early inspection, before declarations, and we’ll take it from there.

“We’ve had two very wet days and we’ve got another one coming.

“We seem to have hit the eye of the storm, having had two very wet days and another to come. If that’s not enough, we’re then expecting a frost on Saturday morning yet it is extraordinary how mild it is today.”

Friday’s meeting at Ffos Las hinges on an 8.30am inspection on Thursday.

The track survived an initial inspection on Wednesday afternoon and conditions have marginally improved at the Welsh venue.

The track tweeted: “We’ll be having another course inspection at 8.30am tomorrow morning ahead of Friday’s race day. Rain is forecast to ease tonight with a dry day ahead tomorrow.”

Wednesday’s card at Chepstow went ahead as planned after the track passed a precautionary inspection.

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